The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is entering the final funding cycle for its 2009 mini-grant program. Funding will be awarded to not-for-profit community organizations that provide non-sectarian activities for youth during hours when school is not in session. The deadline to apply is Sept. 18.
In the past, the Youth Bureau has awarded grants for a range of activities serving youth throughout Oswego County. The first two round of mini-grants that were approved in 2009 include a keynote speaker for a countywide youth employment summit, a community arts event, nature movies at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center, a summer reading program at the Fulton Public Library, and a Bike Rodeo/ Safe Child Community Day.
The Youth Bureau also has funds available for projects that address issues such as bullying, health and needs of at-risk youth. Mini-grant funds have already been awarded to host a speaker at a countywide teen health conference, support a family camp hosted by Rural and Migrant Ministries, and address bullying by implementing a program called RachaelÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Challenge at the Oswego Middle School and High School.
Grant requests may range from $500 to $2,000. Three organizations may work together on a collaborative mini-grant and apply for up to $6,000.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Mini-grants provide an opportunity for community organizations to work together and come up with creative ways to provide a diverse group of activities that meet the interests of a wide group of youth,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the Youth Bureau.
Projects must be completed by the end of 2009 and provide a direct service to children and families in Oswego County. Applications are being accepted until Sept. 18. Award announcements will be made by Oct. 1.
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.
Applications and additional information are available at the youth bureau. Those interested in applying for a mini-grant are encouraged to call Brian Chetney or Kathleen Fenlon to discuss their ideas and receive assistance with the application. They may be contacted at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451; or e-mail Kathleen Fenlon at [email protected]