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Supervisor to fund after school programs

August 12, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Competition for $10,000 in mini-grants for non-profit after school programs in San Bernardino began Wednesday.San Bernardino's 5th District Supervisor Josie Gonzales sets aside $10,000 each year to help the programs in her district buy much needed equipment and supplies.

The grants will be given to qualifying programs on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants may request up to $2,500 to buy books, pencils, computers, educational software and games to support their programs.

"I know the need is greater now than in past years," said Supervisor Gonzales. "Creating this program to assist those on the front line who are doing their best to help our young people grow academically and socially is very important to me. Hopefully, these mini-grants allow some local non-profits to extend their services to meet the immediate needs in our communities."

There is no deadline to apply for the mini-grants, but funding is limited to a total of $10,000 for all recipients.

To apply, programs must be active nonprofit organizations operating and serving students living in San Bernardino's 5th district.

Application forms are available on Supervisor Gonzales's Web site.

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