Apply for Funding

The Commission has allocated Discretionary Funds for fiscal year 2022-2023 to support Mini-Grants and Professional Development opportunities.

All funding requests must align with the priorities set forth in the Commission’s Strategic Plan. Funding is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Mini-Grants in amounts up to $2,500 are designed to fund opportunities for children and families, and may include classes, equipment and supplies, enrichment opportunities, event sponsorship's, or other resources. Professional development scholarships in amounts up to $1,000 per person may support training, conferences and other activities that increase local professional’s ability to effectively serve young children and their caregivers.

To inquire about any funding opportunities complete Funding Inquiry form linked in the section below.

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Requests for funding must be submitted online

Requestors should familiarize themselves with the grantee policies, contract requirements, the area of the current First 5 Butte County Children & Families Commission's Strategic Plan that the request aligns with. Be prepared to submit all the required documents including budget, W9 and proof of insurance.

Please provide adequate information in your submission so that Commission staff can clearly understand the intended use of funds. You will receive a response within 7-10 business days that includes information about how to proceed and submit a complete application.

Submit Funding Inquiry

Frequently Asked Questions:

All agencies and organizations that serve Butte County, California children aged 0-to-5 and their families are eligible to apply for funds. Funds shall not be used to supplant existing funding or result in savings.

Applications must be submitted online through the Submit Funding Inquiry link. You will receive a response within 7-10 business days after you submit an inquiry for funds. If your inquiry is approved, you will receive an email with next steps in the application process. Funds shall not be used to supplant existing funding or result in savings.

STEPS TO SUBMITTING AN INQUIRY/REQUEST FOR FUNDS:

  1. Thoroughly review the Strategic Plan and sample templates.
  2. Applications must be submitted online through the Submit Funding Inquiry link with brief information about your request. You will receive a response within 7-10 business days.
  3. If your inquiry is approved, you will receive an application and additional instructions. (If your inquiry is denied, you will receive a denial email.)
  4. Submit your completed application and all requested additional information: W9, Proof of Insurance, etc.

  • Professional Development: Professional development funds in amounts of up to $1,000 are to be used for expenses associated with trainings, workshops, summits, conferences, and related educational opportunities that align with the Commission's current Strategic Plan and role of the individual attending the educational opportunity. Grantees and engaged partners will receive priority, and funds will be provided through reimbursement.
  • Mini-Grant: Mini-Grants in amounts up to $2,500 are designed to fund direct service programs for children and families, and can include classes, enrichment opportunities, event sponsorship's, or other family strengthening connections.
  • Event Sponsorship: Funding in amounts up to $1,000. Events can vary in purpose, activities, and resources, but must serve 0-to-5 year olds and their families in some capacity.

Be prepared to submit the following documents:

  • Proposed Budget
  • Organization or Individuals W9
  • Proof of Insurance
  • Letter of Support from employer (as applicable)

The Commission has the right to request other information not listed above as appropriate.

All funding requests should pertain to the 0-to-5 population and/or their families and align with the current Strategic Plan. To determine if your request aligns with the Commissions Strategic Plan, review the document in its entirety while giving special attention to the strategic framework.

Templates & Information

These resources describe the process for applying, managing, and required reporting for funding from First 5 Butte County.

Contract Template Example

Mini-Grant Report Template

Budget Template Sample

Demographic Reporting Template

Professional Development MOU Template