Funding Opportunities


Applications for the General Mini-Grant Program will be accepted on two deadlines. Applications may request up to $3,000.00 to support programs benefiting children from birth to age 5.

Mini-Grant Documents

General Mini-Grants Guidelines and Application Instructions RFA (PDF)
Application Attachments A-D (WORD)
Attachments E (PDF)

​First 5 Merced-Mariposa IMPACT Mini-Grants

Applications for the First 5 Merced-Mariposa IMPACT Mini-Grants will be accepted and reviewed continually through Monday April 30, 2018 or until funds are exhausted.

IMPACT Mini-Grants support participating licensed and license-exempt child care providers by providing material/supplies designed to improve the quality of child care settings. 

Applicants are encouraged to carefully read all of the program requirements before applying.

IMPACT Mini-Grant Documents

​IMPACT Mini-Grants Guidelines and Application Instructions RFA (PDF)
Attachment A IMPACT Mini-Grant application (WORD)
​Attachment B Sample Agreement Letter (PDF)
​Attachment C Sample IMPACT Mini-Grant Contract (PDF)

Community Engagement Sponsorship Program

Financial sponsorship are now available to a diverse set of partners, organizations, and community-based groups for selected community events, activities and/or community dialogues that specifically support and address the areas outlined within the Children's Bill of Rights for Merced County.

Funding ranges from $250 to $1,000 per event. A Letter of Request must be submitted to First 5, which provides the requested information at least 21 days prior to the event. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis as allocated funding allows.
View the Community Engagement Letter of Request Guidelines (PDF)

Joint Funding Partnerships Program

Under this program, First 5 Merced County partners with local organizations with the aim of leveraging additional (non-First 5) funds and services in Merced County to maximize the benefit for children 0-5 years and their families; and, increasing the degree of coordination of funding and services that are supported across different funding streams.

Three types of partnerships are available: Joint Grant making, Local Cash Match Commitments, and First 5 Augmentation Funding. Potential partnerships may be developed on a continuous basis as allocated funding allows.
View the Funding Guidelines and Criteria (PDF)