Strategic Investments

The Systems Change Initiative serves as an overarching framework for First 5 efforts. It supports and strengthens First 5 endeavors in our three impact areas: Early Learning and Development, Family Support and Strengthening, and Child Health.

The Early Learning and Development Initiative supports each child’s development of communication, problem solving, physical, social-emotional and behavioral abilities, building on their natural readiness to learn.

The Family Support and Strengthening Initiative ensures that all families are well-equipped to help their children reach their optimal development and full potential by providing nurturing, safe and stable environments.

The Health Initiative combines both the oral and physical health initiatives to create a holistic approach to ensuring the overall health of children and pregnant women.

Funding Opportunities

Request for Funding

First 5 Trinity makes funding available to potential partners through a variety of funding opportunities.  Each funding opportunity links to an intensity of anticipated grant funded efforts to an appropriate level of funding. Requests for First 5 funding for the 2021-24 fiscal year should be made utilizing the funding forms linked here. There are two grant opportunities identified for funding: the Community Grant ($5,000-$135,000) and the Mini Grant ($5,000 and under).


Funding Schedule

Potential applicants may use the funding schedule to determine the type of funding that may desire and when it will be released.

Mini Grants

First 5 Trinity Mini Grants supply small amounts of funding to assist community projects that support the mission of First 5, that otherwise would not qualify for funding or are not quite a good fit for other funding categories . Mini Grants relieve small cost burdens to bring 0-5 activities to our communities.  Mini Grants are provided to strengthen and expand projects and activities being coordinated by First 5 Trinity and help the First 5 mission. A variety of Mini Grant opportunities for specific efforts may be determined by the Commission.  Mini grants are on hold through 2024

Total Budget for Fiscal Year: $30,000

Request Range: $250-$5,000

Grant Term: Project must be completed within the fiscal year (July 1-June 30)

Community Responsive Grant

First 5 has released a Community Responsive Grant for targeted early childhood education services to the 0-3 age group and their parents/caregivers, in alignment with the 2020-25 Strategic Plan. This Responsive grant opportunity will support the targeted age group during the 21-22 and 22-23 fiscal years. The Commission may award one or more requests for funding under the Responsive Grant opportunity.

Total Budget for Fiscal Years 2021-23: $40,000

Request Range: $10,000-$40,000

Applications are due no later than April 8, 2022.

Click here to access the application: Community Responsive Grant

Community Grants

First 5 focuses its resources on providing young children and their families with opportunities that they need to reach their highest potential and enter school healthy and ready to succeed.  The Commission invests its local resources in programs and services that are consistent with the 2020-2025 Strategic Plan. Community Grants will support community-driven activities that benefit pregnant women, children ages 0-5, their families, and providers working directly with young children in Trinity County.

Total Budget for Fiscal Years 2021-2024: $615,000

Request Range: $5,000-$135,000

Community Grants 2021-2024

Grantee Awards

First 5 Trinity County sincerely appreciates each and every grantee and partner for the projects, services, programs and activities that we have available in our community to serve Trinity County’s young children and families.  We take pride in investing in our community and its bright future!

Awards Fiscal Year 2021/24

Funding Type Grantee Program Name Final Award


Community Grant Trinity County Office of Education School Readiness $135,000
Community Grant Human Response Network Welcome Baby $10,000
Community Grant Trinity County Office of Education Trinity Smiles $60,000
Total Community Grant
Mini Grant Weaverville Parks & Rec District Swimming Program $5,000
Mini Grant Hayfork Valley Pool Swim Program $5,000
Total Mini Grants $10,000