Plus Good Neighbor Grant opportunity just released

Six projects with an ultimate aim of strengthening Shasta County families will get underway, thanks to grant funding from First 5 Shasta. Nearly $50,000 in Sponsorship Grants was just awarded to support grantee programs for parents and children, as well as training for 0-to-5 professionals in the Fiscal Year 2016/2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017). Funded activities range from early educators learning best practices for working with children exposed to trauma to a fun Kids Summer Movie Club at the Cascade Theatre. This gives families a chance to go to the Cascade Theatre at no charge to see children’s films for five straight Saturdays beginning July 1st. First 5 Shasta congratulates all award recipients for making a powerful difference in the lives of Shasta County’s young children and their families.

Sponsorship Grant 2016/2017 Award Recipients

• $ 9,600 Cascade Theatre “Kids Summer Movie Club”

• $15,000 Shasta County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council “Family Resource Center Parent Partner Program”

• $ 2,500 City of Redding – Recreation Division “Mini Explorers Program”

• $ 7,000 Shasta County Office of Education “Training for Trauma Informed Practices”

• $ 8,000 Shasta College “Interactions Matter Training”

• $ 7,741 Strengthening Families Collaborative “Parent Café”


Good Neighbor Funding Now Available!

For those needing a small amount of funding from $250 to $1,500, the Good Neighbor Grant for 2016/2017 is now available for 0-to-5 projects. First 5 Shasta will accept applications throughout the year and this funding opportunity will close only when the entire budget of $25,000 has been exhausted. Applying for a Good Neighbor Grant is easy and a good way for first-time grant applicants to gain familiarity with the grant request process. Instructions and the Good Neighbor application are available now at

When it comes to making a difference for Shasta County, First 5 Shasta remains at the forefront of investors dedicating money, energy, and expertise where it can do the most good – early childhood. This investment benefits the entire community for generations to come as children grow into successful students and productive adults. First 5 Shasta was established after California voters approved Proposition 10 in 1998, adding a 50-cent tax on tobacco to fund programs and activities that support early childhood development and school readiness. To date, First 5 Shasta has invested over $25 million in local programs, services, and activities that benefit children ages 0-to-5. Learn more: