Solicitations / Requests for Funding

Community Engagement Grant Funding Guidelines

Through the Community Engagement Grant funding, First 5 Trinity is offering a total of $230,000 for community-driven activities that benefit pregnant women, children ages 0-to-5 and their families, or providers working on behalf of young children.  Support will be awarded for a minimum of $5,000 and a maximum of $150,000. Community Engagement Grants will be funded throughout the county for a three-year period (July 1, 2018-June 30, 2021) with annual contract renewals and updates to the project’s evaluation plan.

The purpose of the Community Engagement Grant funding is to involve members of the community to identify and build upon existing community resources targeting their specific needs.  The goals are to 1) encourage community involvement and support community participation and development of projects that support the mission of First 5 Trinity; 2) to provide supportive funding for education and training that contributes to improving the capacity of individuals and organizations in Trinity County to serve expectant parents and children 0-5 and their families; and 3) to enable organizations to purchase educational supplies/materials/equipment that will benefit children 0-5 and their families.  Requests that are collaborative in nature and leverage other sources of funding or resources are highly encouraged.

Examples of appropriate projects:

  • Hire a mobile dental clinic to provide specific services
  • Conduct a study on a topic relevant to pregnant women and/or children ages 0-5
  • Provide training for employees that will provide long-term improvements in care and support for pregnant women and/or children ages 0-5
  • Strengthen the community for children by sponsoring an event or children’s fair
  • Other ideas may be vetted through a Commissioner or the Executive Director prior to submitting a RFF

Funding may be awarded in amounts less than what is requested.  First 5 funds can only be used to support children 0-5 and their families.  Therefore, if a proposed event/activity will also serve individuals outside of First 5 Trinity County’s age-range, other funding sources must be available to supplement First 5’s potential funding.

To access the Community Grants Request for Funding:

Mini-Grant Funding Guidelines

Through Mini-Grant funding, First 5 Trinity is offering a total of $30,000 for projects, activities, equipment, and materials that support health, education and safety for young children and their families. Support will be awarded for a maximum of $5,000.

Examples of eligible materials and activities may include educational materials and activities around water safety and sun safety, as well as materials and activities to directly support food and nutrition, physical activity, injury prevention, and reading programs.

Mini grant applications will be accepted by First 5 Trinity from April 29-May 21, 2018.  The deadline for mini grant applications is May 21, 2018 at noon.  Late or incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Please make note of the following criteria and restrictions for Mini-Grant funds:

  1. Proposed activities/projects must benefit all, or a subset of, the following Trinity County population:
    1. a.  Children ages 0-to-5
    2. b.  Parents or Caregivers
  2. Proposed activities/projects must be completed by June 30, 2019.
  3. First 5 Trinity funds cannot be used to supplant funding or existing services, including staff time. First 5 funds must be used to develop, expand or enhance services.
  4. Eligible applicants include: parent groups, church groups, community groups, neighborhood associations, service clubs, schools, non-profit organizations, community-based organizations and public entities.
  5. A specific group cannot apply for, or receive, more than one mini-grant per fiscal year.
  6. Funds may not be used for fundraising events.
  7. Proposed activities/projects must be non-discriminatory and tobacco/alcohol free.

To access the Mini-Grant Request for Funding: