Youth Bureau Will Award Mini Grants for Youth Projects

OSWEGO – The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is accepting applications for mini-grants for 2013.

Not for profit community organizations can apply for up to $1,000 for activities for youth during hours when school is not in session.

Projects must be completed by the end of 2013 and provide a direct service to children and families in Oswego County.

The grants are funded by Oswego County government and the NYS Office of Children and Family Services Youth Development Delinquency Prevention program.

Projects must have clear and measurable goals and address the diverse interests of youth.

“Although there has been a large loss of state aid to Youth Bureau programs over the past few years, the Oswego County Youth Bureau Board has worked hard to set aside some funding for mini-grants,” said Kathleen Fenlon, director of the youth bureau. “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. Very often, mini-grants have served as seed money to initiate activities that continue on with other support in future years.”

Applications are accepted continuously until funds are depleted.

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.

Those interested are encouraged to call Brian Chetney or Fenlon at the Youth Bureau to discuss their ideas, receive assistance and obtain an application.

Call 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451, or e-mail [email protected]