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Posted on: October 4, 2019

NEW Funding Opportunity!

First 5 Merced County is proud to announce the release an new funding opportunity. The Grants Responsive to Our Work (GROW) application allows organizations interested in serving children 0 to 5 in Merced County to apply for one-time funding of up to $100,000. The First 5 Merced County Commission has authorized up $1,000,000 in total funding for the initiative.

Applicants can access funding in two ways:

  1. Applicants partnering with other philanthropic and/or other grant-making entities to launch projects that provide services and/or improve systems that benefit children 0-5 years and their families (consistent with the First 5 Merced County vision and mission).
  2. Applicants that have been awarded First 5 funds, in a prior year, to pilot a similar project on a smaller scale. One-time funding to increase access and/or provide the groundwork for sustainability for projects that have been identified as an emerging community need or service area gap. First 5 Merced County would capitalize on the momentum to assure that children 0-5 and their families benefit from the augmentation in ways consistent with the mission and vision of First 5.

Please click on link for the GROW Funding Guidelines & Criteria and the GROW application.


Thank you,


Scott Waite M.A.

Executive Director

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260 East 15th Street

Merced, CA 95341

(209) 381-7337


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