First Five - Grant Applications

First Five County & State Result Areas

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At this time, the First 5 Mariposa Commission is not offering grant opportunities. The Commission is hoping to offer a round of grant opportunities the spring of 2018.

Grant Applications Documents

Grant Application Process & Changes

The First 5 Request for Proposal and the Request for Application grant process has always provided the community an opportunity to apply for First 5 funding. However, in 2005 there was new legislation adopted which directed the eight small counties to limit reserve funds to only one year. In addition, there has been a decrease in Prop 10 funding (funding is based on tobacco tax and live births). However, the main problem is that First 5 has been supporting prior year grants with reserve funds and now the reserve funds are too depleted to continue to offer grant opportunities. As the Commission discussed the grant application process and the possible new community needs for First 5 funds, they struggled with a fair process. The Executive Director explained that the grant application process is time-consuming and with limited funds, grant applicants are disappointed when only a small number are funded.

Based on the allocation for small counties, the Executive Director recommended that the Commission focus on funding only the current grants, including the School Readiness program, and not offer a grant application process. The Commission discussed the issue and the following points and questions were articulated:

  • Funding should support other needs besides preschools
  • Is this proposal in line with the Commission's Strategic Plan?
  • It is not fair to offer a grant application program when First 5 funds are now limited
  • Look at the needs and budgets of the funded grants and lock in the dollar amounts-is all the funding from First 5 needed and appropriate or are there places that the budgets of the funded grants could cut or additional savings made?
  • Need to be sure the Commission is not underestimating the needs in the community.
  • The numbers of children/parents served could change and looking at their budget expenditures and sustainability would provide information to the Commission
  • The seven other small counties focus on health, the CARES program and School Readiness
  • Should the Commission offer mini-grants?

Following further discussion on funding a dental program, looking at the needs of the community and the possibility of a grant recipient securing another funding source, there was discussion on leaving the dollar amounts open and simply declaring the programs that First 5 would fund.

2009 to 2010 Grants

With continued discussion regarding funding renewal grants, the Commission voted on December 14, 2008, to fund four grants for 2009 to 2010.

Organization Funding Amount
Acorn Preschool
Kiwanis Preschool
Oral Dental Health Program
Smart Start Program

As the Commission discussed the plan for grant funding through June 30, 2012, the Director provided a chart with three scenarios with varying funding amounts for grant allocations totaling $100,000. See Grant Funding Update (PDF) for charts.

2010 to 2012 Grants

Following the discussion of the scenarios, the Commission voted on December 14, 2009, to renew four grants from 2010 through 2012.

Organization Funding Amount
Acorn Preschool
Kiwanis Preschool
Oral Dental Health Program
Smart Start Program

With the conclusion of Cycle II of the School Readiness matching grant of $100,000 on June 30, 2012, the Commission is currently discussing a long-range plan to determine funding for the School Readiness Program (Catheys Valley, Greeley Hill and Lake Don Pedro Preschools) and the grant program (Acorn and Kiwanis Preschools, Smart Start Program and the Children's Dental Health Program).

2012 Funding Decisions

In June of 2012, the Commission voted to approve two grants for funding: 1) Smart Start and 2) Children's Dental Health. 

Due to the reduction in revenue, including the First 5 Augmentation and the conclusion of the School Readiness matching grant ($100,000) with State First 5, the Commission no longer had funding for any additional grants. 

The consensus was to provide funding for health and dental to children and preserve the preschool programs serving children throughout the County.

Grant Funding Update

See Grant Funding Update (PDF), as of April 2010.