The Youth Office will award mini-grants for youth projects

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is now accepting applications for its 2022 Mini-Grants Program. Grants are available up to $1,000 for youth activities during non-school hours not in session.

“The mini-grants have proven to be an effective way to engage different community partners to work together to meet the needs of children and families,” said Brian Chetney, executive director of the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. “The program provides an opportunity for community groups to organize projects that meet the diverse interests of our young people.

Applications are accepted until Monday, May 2. Non-profit organizations including agencies, associations, schools, libraries, municipalities, and churches can apply for funding. Organizations are encouraged to involve young people in project planning and implementation.

Projects must be completed by the end of 2022. In addition, they must have clear and measurable goals, respond to diverse youth interests, and provide direct service to children and families in Oswego County.

The grants are funded by Oswego County and the NYS Office of Child and Family Services Youth Development Program.

In the past, the youth office provided grants for an Earth Day project that involved youth in planning and implementation, for AmeriCorps members to teach fitness and nutrition activities to young people at various locations around the county, and for the ‘Power of Produce’ program which empowers children to make healthy food choices by exposing them to a variety of fresh, local produce at the Farmer’s Market.

Those interested in applying for a grant are encouraged to call Tiffany Halstead at the Youth Office to discuss their ideas, receive support and secure an application. Call 315-349-3590, email tiffany.halstead@oswegocounty.com, or download an app from the website https://youthbureau.oswegocounty.com/youth_bureau_/index.php.

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