The San Diego County Children and Families Commission has announced that $500,000 in Prop. 10 funds are to be allocated for Small Parent-Run Organization Grants. The Grants are open to all parent-run, led, or operated not-for-profit groups that provide parent information, education and support for children 0 to 5 years of age in San Diego County. Examples of the types of groups that could receive funding include local chapters of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), "Baby Boot Camps" in which new fathers learn how to care for an infant, and library story circles. Groups that are affiliated with local non-profits such as religious organizations, the military, the YMCA, or local libraries are encouraged to apply.
Grants of up to $10,000 per group are available. "Small" organizations are defined as those with an annual budget of less than $25,000. For-profit groups are not eligible; the applying organization must be non-profit or linked to a non-profit fiscal agent.
"These grants are in direct response to a series of community conversations in which we discovered that the public wanted these kinds of funding opportunities. The grants will allow the San Diego County Children and Families Commission to support parent-run organizations that are making life better for infants and toddlers in San Diego County," said Gloria Bryngelson, Executive Director, San Diego County Children and Families Commission.
Applications are available from the San Diego County Children and Families Commission or by calling (619) 230-6460 or toll-free (866) 726-8831. In addition, six technical assistance workshops, in which applicants can receive help preparing an effective and complete application, were scheduled for August and September. Spanish translation will be available at four of these workshops. Completed applications must arrive at the office of the County Commission by 5 p.m. on October 15th, 2001. Grants will be announced and awarded between December 2001 and January 2002.