Youth Bureau Will Award Mini Grants for Youth Projects

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The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is accepting applications for its final round of funding for the 2008 mini-grant program.  Grants of $500 to $2,000 will be awarded to community organizations that provide non-sectarian activities for youth during hours when school is not in session.

Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Youth Bureau, said the mini-grant program provides an opportunity for community groups to organize projects that address the diverse interests of youth in Oswego County.

In the past, the Youth Bureau board of directors has awarded grants to provide artistic workshops for youth during the summer; provide a family camp experience for low-income families; and provide the opportunity for children to perform a play that deals with developmental disabilities.

“Community partners have been very creative in developing ways to use mini-grants to provide opportunities for children and families which would not otherwise occur,” said Fenlon. “Many successful programs involve collaboration of multiple organizations who come together to create an opportunity for youth.”

Projects must be completed by the end of 2008 and provide a direct service to children and families in Oswego County.  Applications are being accepted until Sept. 19, with awards being announced by Oct. 3.

Not-for-profit organizations, including agencies, schools, libraries, municipalities, associations, and churches may apply for funding. Organizations are encouraged to involve youth in the planning and implementation of the project.

For a mini-grant application package, or for more information, contact Brian Chetney at the Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451; or e-mail Kathleen Fenlon at [email protected]