Grants to be awarded to programs in Merced County

By Ana B. Ibarra

Merced County’s Building Healthy Communities will award several grants to qualifying local projects and programs that aim to promote safety and healthy habits within a community.

The community grant will award up to $1,000 to grassroots groups and individuals who present an idea for a project or event that will improve youth leadership, encourage community involvement or offer opportunities for participants to gain skills.

These grants will fund projects in the Planada, Le Grand, South Merced and Franklin-Beachwood areas.

According to BHC administrative coordinator Isai Palma, potential projects and programs can include but are not limited to health-related activities, educational trips and cultural arts projects.

In the past, BHC has awarded grants for community youth sport tournaments, youth music lessons, community gardens and résumé-building workshops.

“Funding these projects is important because it’s a way to encourage community engagement and to get people to be creative,” Palma said.

BHC Community Grants are awarded twice a year in two cycles: summer and winter. For this year’s summer cycle, BHC has a total of $5,300 to award in grants.

BHC has also partnered with First 5, which plans to allocate up to $4,500 in funding for project proposals that meet the needs of children from newborn to age 5.

Applicants must fill out a questionnaire and propose a project budget. The deadline to submit an application for a BHC grant is 5 p.m. May 16. The funded projects will be awarded June 23.