Welcome to the First 5 Sonoma County Mini-Grant Application!

First 5 Sonoma County’s Mini-Grant Program provides small grants up to $1,500. There is no minimum request required. If you receive a mini-grant, you will have until June 30, 2022 to complete your purchases for your mini-grant project. Your mini-grant project must fit within the eligibility guidelines to be considered for funding.

ELIGIBILITY
Applications will be accepted from:
Small licensed family child care providers (serving up to 8 children) located in Sonoma County who care for at least one infant or toddler aged 0 to 24 months
Large licensed family child care providers (serving up to 14 children) located in Sonoma County who care for at least one infant or toddler aged 0 to 24 months
Early childhood professionals or license-exempt caregivers who are not currently receiving or eligible for scholarships from the Quality Counts CARES/Pathways program, and who are planning to enroll in higher education courses in Spring 2022 or Summer 2022 focused on child development and caring for infants and toddlers.
Early childhood professionals or license-exempt caregivers may apply for up to $1,000 for professional development in infant and toddler curriculum, coursework, books and or materials to participate in coursework or workshops.

ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES
Applicants may apply for the following one-time purchases to improve the early learning environment for infants/toddlers:
Curriculum, materials, equipment such as indoor or outdoor play equipment (outdoor equipment must support a natural outdoor play and learning environment - i.e. no play structures), books, educational tools including computer hardware or software.
AND/OR funding for Professional Development in the following areas:
Enrollment in appropriate training opportunities (coursework, trainings, workshops focused on child development for infant/toddler care, or infant/toddler trauma informed care, books or materials needed for participation in coursework or workshops for infant/toddler child development or trauma informed care, technical assistance that supports professional development for childcare business (bookkeeping, contract development, infant CPR, Infant health and safety, or other related certifications).

FUNDING LIMITS
Licensed Large Family Childcare providers may request up to $1,500 and Licensed Small Family Childcare providers may request up to $1,000. Early childhood professionals or license-exempt caregivers may request up to $1,000 for professional development in infant and toddler curriculum.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS
In order to be considered for funding, your proposal must include:
A completed Application Form (through SurveyMonkey, or on paper)
A completed Budget Section of application
With supporting documents for requested purchases (screenshot or items showing cost, picture, printout, etc.)
Proof of child care licensing (if applicable)
*Your application will not be funded if the application is not complete.

SUBMISSION DEADLINES
The application submission period is January 3– January 24.
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the last day of the application. 

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* 1. Type of Childcare Provider

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