First 5 Solano Community Responsive Mini Grants [CLOSED]

First Application Period was AVAILABLE May 17, 2022-June 7, 2022, for activities occurring July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023. Click on the application Preview link below to see if you qualify and the Mini Grant Application link to apply.

First 5 Solano has now created a more flexible way to fund your event(s) or activity(ies). Grants will provide $500-$3,000 based on your needs and proposed ideas. First 5 Solano Mini Grants can fund things such as:

  • Community Engagement Events: For one-time events or activities, Community Responsive Mini Grants can provide up to $500 per event to connect with parents, caregivers and/or providers to increase awareness about a topic or resource available in the community. Examples: Community baby shower or early literacy lap read.

  • Professional Development Opportunity: For Professional Development Opportunities, such as hosting or attending conferences or training, Community Responsive Mini Grants can provide up to $3,000 per event, to strengthen the skills of Solano County providers for children ages 0-5. Professional Development Opportunities may be one-time (such as a one-day training) or over a time-period (such as a weekly training over 6 weeks). Examples: Lactation Education Certification training or Trauma Informed Care conference.
  • Material and Equipment Purchase: Community Responsive Mini Grants can be used to support the purchase of equipment or materials up to $5,000 to provide assistance for specific activities or services to children ages 0-5 and their families. Materials or equipment may be used for purposes including, but not limited to education, keeping children and families safe, make space appropriate for young children, etc. Examples: Purchase of new curriculum or purchase of furniture to create age-appropriate space in an office. (Please note: First 5 Solano follows best practices on limiting on the use of digital devices for young children and will not approve requests for screen-based learning, including tablets or computers.)
  • Time-Limited Program: Community Responsive Mini Grants can be used to support Time-Limited Programs for up to $5,000. Time-Limited Programs must be time-limited in nature and need to establish how many children, families or providers will be served, and what the intended outcome will be. Examples: A 6-week art class for children and grandparents focusing on Latino culture or a 10-week parent leadership training.
    Mini Grant Application Community Responsive Mini Grants Q&As
    Application Preview (Reference Only) Community Responsive Mini Grants Activity Report
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    Request for Applications #2022-04

    The First 5 Solano Children and Families Commission (First 5 Solano) is pleased to announce the following opportunity for funding due May 4th, 2022.

    *Letter of Intent (LOI) must be submitted by April 4th, 2022 to be eligible to apply.

    A total of $200,000 is available in the Annual Grants Fund for FY2022/23 through this Request for Applications (RFA #2022-04).  Multiple grants of up to $20,000 each will be awarded for up to a 1-year period from July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. The Annual Grants Fund is designed for one-time projects to address the needs of children ages 0-5, their parents/caregivers, and/or providers of services to children ages 0-5 in Solano County. All projects proposed for the Annual Grants Fund must support First 5 Solano’s mission to promote, support and improve the lives of young children, their families and their communities. In addition, projects must support at least one of the Commission’s strategic plan Priorities:

    •               Priority 1: Health & Well-Being

    •               Priority 2: Early Childhood Learning & Development

    •               Priority 3: Family Support & Parent Education

    •               Priority 4: Systems Change

    More information on the Priorities, including underlying Goals, and Results which can be found in the Commission’s Strategic Plan at:
    https://www.solanocounty.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?blobid=36217

    In addition, projects must fill a community gap, pilot a new or innovative idea, and/or address a time-sensitive community need. Examples which would meet these criteria are:

    •               A completely new idea which has never been tried

    •               An idea that has been tried in another community, but not the community you are            proposing

    •               An enhancement to an existing project/program

    •               Filling a specific gap in services or systems that has been identified.

    You must first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the google form link by April 4th, 2022 and attend a mandatory grant development session April 6-27 (will be contacted to schedule after submitting an LOI) in order to be eligible to apply.

    Click on the request for Application (RFA) below to see if you qualify and the Grant Application to apply after submitting your Letter Of Intent (LOI).

     Letter of Intent  Annual Grant RFA 
     Annual Grant Application  Sample Contract
     Annual Grants Q&A  Intent to Recommend Funding