Funding Opportunities

Mini-Grants


Applications for the General Mini-Grant Program will be accepted on two deadlines. Applications may request up to $3,000.00 to support programs benefiting children from birth to age 5.

Mini-Grant Documents


General Mini-Grants Guidelines and Application Instructions RFA (PDF)
Application Attachments A-D (WORD)
Attachments E (PDF)


Community Engagement Sponsorship Program


Financial sponsorship are now available to a diverse set of partners, organizations, and community-based groups for selected community events, activities and/or community dialogues that specifically support and address the areas outlined within the Children's Bill of Rights for Merced County.

Funding ranges from $250 to $1,000 per event. A Letter of Request must be submitted to First 5, which provides the requested information at least 21 days prior to the event. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis as allocated funding allows.
View the Community Engagement Letter of Request Guidelines (PDF)


Joint Funding Partnerships Program


Under this program, First 5 Merced County partners with local organizations with the aim of leveraging additional (non-First 5) funds and services in Merced County to maximize the benefit for children 0-5 years and their families; and, increasing the degree of coordination of funding and services that are supported across different funding streams.

Three types of partnerships are available: Joint Grantmaking, Local Cash Match Commitments, and First 5 Augmentation Funding. Potential partnerships may be developed on a continuous basis as allocated funding allows.
View the Funding Guidelines and Criteria (PDF)


Systems Change RFP Supporting Strong Families (#PA1-9171)​

First 5 Merced County invites systems change proposals that address innovative, quality initiatives for family support and strengthening efforts that support Priority Area 1 of the Strategic Plan: Strong Families.

Systems Change is work that results in long-term change to an organization’s culture, professional norms, policies, or increases systems efficiencies that have the potential to impact children 0-5 and/or their families. This RFP has flexibility in the frequency of funding and proposers have the choice to apply for one-time funding up to $75,000 or incremental funding, up to $25,000 per year over the contract term.

Awards are available from $25,000 up to $75,000 for the timeframe of January 2, 2018 through June 30, 2020.

Any questions regarding this RFP must be submitted by September 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm PST.

Proposals are due to First 5 Merced County by September 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm PST.

RFP #PA1-9171 Documents


PA1-9171
Attachment 1 Proposal Cover Sheet and Certification
Attachment 2 Systems Change Example
Attachment 3 General Terms and Contractors for First 5 Contractor
Attachment 4 Budget and Budget Narrative Form


Direct Services RFP Supporting Strong Families (#PA1-9172)

First 5 Merced County invites direct services proposals for new services, enhancements and/or expansion of existing services. Proposals should address the Five Protective Factors and support Priority Area 1 of the Strategic Plan: Strong Families.

Contracts issued for Direct Services will be executed for a period of four years, with match requirements in years 2 and 3. Awardees are required to fully fund projects in year 4 with support and technical assistance from First 5 Merced County.

Awards are available from $25,000 up to $150,000 for the timeframe of January 2, 2018 through December 31, 2021.

Any questions regarding this RFP must be submitted by September 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm PST.

Proposals are due to First 5 Merced County by September 29, 2017 at 3:00 pm PST.

RFP #PA1-9172 Documents


PA-1 9172
Attachment 1 Proposal Cover Sheet and Certification
Attachment 2 Additional Information and Example
Attachment 3 General Terms and Contractors for First 5 Contractors
Attachment 4 Budget and Budget Narrative
Attachment 5 Sustainability-Action Planning Template