Funding

As a prevention-based organization, our investments are guided by an approach similar to the Spectrum of Prevention which recognizes there is a range of approaches that must be taken in order to achieve sustainable changes.

First 5 Fresno County funding is invested in the community across the following four areas:

Policy & Advocacy

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In order to promote an optimal environment for children, the Commission advocates for policies that will promote children’s optimal health and development.

Working with others to create and nurture a community that is supportive of the health and development of young children is a top priority to First 5 Fresno County. This critical work aims to make lasting community change by working with policy makers and other community members who are able to influence and make policy decisions that affect young children and their families. In particular, the Commission aims to support families by influencing policy and improving practices in the areas of: breastfeeding support, environmental quality, healthcare access and services, and early care and education opportunities.

Current Funding Opportunities:

Mini Grant Program

Capacity Building

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The Commission invests in building the organizational capacity of our community partners through a comprehensive approach that includes a variety of evidence-based trainings and technical assistance as well as the centerpiece program – the Sustainability Project. Strong parents raise strong children. Therefore, the Commission is committed to building the capacity of parents and caregivers so they can advocate for the needs of their children. This work is done through a network of community partners under the Family Strengthening Advocacy and Leadership Initiative. There are no funding opportunities at this time.

Community Education

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Strong, informed communities are best equipped to support the healthy growth and development of young children and their families. The Commission utilizes multiple mediums to educate the community on a variety of topics related to children ages 0 to 5. This includes our public service announcement campaigns and partnerships with local media outlets.

Current Funding Opportunities:

Corporate Community & Foundation Partnership Program

Event Sponsorship Program

Direct Services

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The Commission invests in programs that provide services directly to children from a prenatal stage through age five and their families. Programs are evidenced-based when appropriate and are offered in a culturally and linguistically appropriate setting. Our direct services fall into three focus areas,Health Promotion, Early Learning, and Strong Families.

There are no funding opportunities at this time.

*Note: If you are interested in applying for First 5 Fresno County funding, be sure to review our contracting policies prior to submitting an application.

We believe that the health and well-being of children determine the prosperity of the community. We will
always act in the best interest of children and consider the “whole child” including cognitive, social,
emotional and physical needs.

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Guiding Principle #1
Guiding Principle #1Child Centered

We will view children in the context of their families and honor and support families. We will support services that are provided where children live.

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Guiding Principle #2
Guiding Principle #2Family Focused

We will invest, whenever possible, in evidence-based and promising practices. We will maintain the highest standards of quality in our work and require that our funded partners provide the highest quality programs possible.

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Guiding Principle #3
Guiding Principle #3High Quality

We will utilize community input to ensure that we make decisions based on the needs of the community.

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Guiding Principle #4
Guiding Principle #4Inclusive

We will be good stewards of the funds that First 5 Fresno County is charged with distributing. We will hold ourselves and our funded partners to the highest standards of fiscal and program accountability.

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Guiding Principle #5
Guiding Principle #5Accountability

We believe that we must focus on achieving and sustaining outcomes for children. We will make every effort to make sustainable investments.

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Guiding Principle #6
Guiding Principle #6Sustainability

We believe that we must work in partnership with existing community-based organizations that share our values and principles. We will support collaboration wherever possible to achieve our desired outcomes for children.

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Guiding Principle #7
Guiding Principle #7Partnership-Based