Nonprofit offers $200,000 for one-time projects

First 5 of Tulare County seeks proposals for projects that enhance the early development of children

The Sun-Gazette

TULARE COUNTY – A local nonprofit is offering up to $40,000 to fund one-time projects that enhance the early development of children in Tulare County.

Last week, First of Tulare County Commission released a request for proposals (RFP) seeking projects from organizations that serve Tulare County’s pregnant women and children five years old and younger. The Capital Project Grant program provides funding to purchase items with a value greater than $5,000 or to fund building renovation or construction projects which promote enhanced mental and physical health among children or ensure that children are ready for school and families are able to promote their children’s development. Previous projects included playground equipment at Kennedy School and McDermont X in Lindsay, Alta Vista Elementary in East Porterville and ImagineU in Visalia, replacing the roof at Parenting Network, Inc. in Visalia, and modernizing technology for CASA of Tulare County.

Direct services will not be funded under this program and sole proprietors are not eligible to apply. First 5 is offering a maximum award of $40,000 per project but have more than $200,000 available. Capital projects will require a 25 percent match. 

A question and answer webinar will be held at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 15 to provide organizations with more information. A link to the webinar can be found on their website at www.first5tc.org. Applications for the grant are available for download at www.first5tc.org, or copies can be obtained by contacting the First 5 Commission office located at 200 N. Santa Fe Street, Visalia, CA 93292. Proposals are due at noon on Feb. 14, and projects will commence on July 1, 2020.

The mission of First 5 Tulare County is to support effective programs to improve the development of all Tulare County children ages 0 to 5, healthy pregnancies, the empowerment of families, and the strengthening of communities. In FY 17–18, programs have continued to provide Tulare County with essential programming in the areas of 1) Family Resource Centers, 2) School Readiness sites, and 3) breastfeeding programs. The four Family Resource Centers (FRC’s) have become an integral part of the community. The FRC’s provide services to four remote and distinct areas in Tulare County. In FY 17–18, Tulare County combined the FRC’s and provided case management to 621 families and 2,441 home visits. Over 500 children were linked to oral health services, and nearly 600 children were linked to a medical care provider. Of the five School Readiness sites, all demonstrated positive outcomes based on their Desired Results Developmental Profile fall and spring observations. The sites served 526 children. The Sierra View Medical Center Breastfeeding Program has achieved unusually impressive rates of exclusive breastfeeding durations of 48% exclusively breastfeeding at six months, with little reported attrition of breastfeeding between three and six months.

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