Funding Opportunities

Mini-Grants (Revised as of 2019/20)

Applications for the General Mini-Grant Program will be accepted on three deadlines. Applicants may request up to $3,000.00 to support programs benefiting children from birth to age 5.
 There are three cycles for the General Mini-Grants Program.
  • Cycle 1 deadline: Friday, August 16, 2019, 4:00 P.M. 
  • Cycle 2 deadline: Friday, November 15, 2019, 4:00 P.M. 
  • Cycle 3 deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:00 P.M.

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 (Coming Soon)

Community Engagement Sponsorship Program (Revised as of 2019/20)

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)