Youth Commission to hold March 1 workshop to assist nonprofits in applying for Step Up grants

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TULARE COUNTY – Youth in Tulare County face some serious issues ranging from malnourishment to obesity and from illiteracy to learning disabilities. Many nonprofit organizations that address these issues statewide started right here in Tulare County where the need is dire due to diverse range of geographic, cultural and economic deficiencies. The one thing they all have in common is the need for funding to help nourish children’s health and educational needs.

One source of local funding for these organizations is the Step Up Youth Activities Grant program. The Tulare County Youth Commission is currently accepting applications for their 2018-19 Step Up Youth Activities grants.

The program allocates $100,000 for grants to nonprofit organizations that operate within in Tulare County. There is $20,000 in funding available for each of the five supervisorial districts. Awarded grants can range from $5,000 to $10,000. The Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program is designed to provide financial support for nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services aimed at improving the quality of life for under-served youth in Tulare County. Programs must address behaviors that are potentially harmful to youth and redirect them into positive behaviors, associations, and social networks.

To assist organizations in their application for this grant, the Youth Commission will be hosting a non-mandatory grant-writing workshop that will be held for all agencies considering applying for this funding. The workshop will go over the application process and will answer questions from interested organizations. Organizations that have never applied to this grant are strongly encouraged to attend. The workshop will take place on Thursday, March 1 at 3 p.m. It will be held at the Tulare County Board of Supervisors office, located at 2800 W. Burrel in Visalia.

Application materials can be found on the web site: stepuptc.com. For questions, please contact Tulare County Youth Commission staff, Samantha Ferrero, at 559-636-5000.

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