Community Responsive Mini Grants

First 5 Solano is pleased to announce the intent to award funding in response to Request for Funding for the Community Responsive Mini Grants (CRMG) First Round of June 1-21, 2021.

First 5 Solano has completed its evaluation of proposals in response to the Community Responsive Mini Grant Applications and the following are the apparent best-evaluated Applicants:  Intent to Award.pdf 

First 5 Solano Community Responsive Mini Grants (Currently Closed)

The Community Responsive Mini Grant Application to support activities to engage with young children and their families in Solano County closed June 21, 2021 at 5PM. First quarterly Application available was open June 1-June 21, 2021 for activities occurring July 2021- June 2022.

First 5 Solano has now created a more flexible way to fund your event(s) or activity(ies). Grants will provide
$500-$5,000 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 (closed) Community Responsive Mini Grants Q&As 
Application Preview (Reference Only)  Community Responsive Mini Grants Activity Report
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