We are celebrating the 25th anniversary of First 5 Kern by awarding 25 grants of $2,500 each, to organizations focused on the early care and education of children aged 0-5, or support of their families.

First 5 Kern seeks to partner with programs, agencies, individuals or grassroots organizations who engage in this work, and support their efforts in creative and meaningful ways.

When proposition 10 was passed, First 5 California unveiled a statewide mission statement that “All children will enter school ready to achieve their greatest potential.” To that end, our focus for these mini-grants is on the education of young children and those who help prepare them for a life of learning.




Mini-Grant Online Application

Applicant Information

Type of Organization(Required)

Project Description

Type of Project(Required)
Target Audience(Required)


Please provide estimated costs associated with the project or event. (For example: classroom materials, diapers, toys, play equipment, printing costs, advertising costs, etc.) Use the description to be more specific on what is being purchased. Use Quantity and Unit Price to reference your Line Item, even if this item has multiple elements.
This field will populate based on the entered AMOUNT from the line item descriptions. Please make sure your TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED does not exceed the grant limit, which is $2,500.
Please provide any budget information that will help us assess your request, such as vendors, other funding sources being used for the project, or if this grant award will only cover a portion of the expense of the project.

Who will be responsible for keeping financial records of the mini-grant?


Additional Information

Please include any additional information or collateral you feel would support your application during our Project Review.
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    Please indicate any personal or professional connection to First 5 Kern staff, commissioners, or committee members. If there are none, please type NONE.
    If you or your agency are currently or have in the past received funding from First 5 Kern, please indicate here by including the years and the name of the program. If there are none, please type NONE.