Download 2012 Step Up Service Learning Grant Application

The Tulare County Youth Commission is accepting applications for the 2012 Step Up Service Learning Grant Program. The grant program provides $25,000 in grants for public or private high schools in Tulare County.

The Step Up Service-Learning Grant Program funds small-scale, youth-directed projects that focus on reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency and/or substance abuse. All proposals must include service-learning projects. Only public and private high schools are eligible to apply.

The Service Learning grant program allocates $25,000 for grants to Tulare County High Schools. There is one grant of $5,000 available in each Supervisorial district.

"The Step Up Service Learning Grant Program projects have been effective in impacting the lives of Tulare County’s youth and their respective communities in a positive manner," said Allen Ishida, Chairman of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors. "We look forward to funding innovative projects that will make a difference."

Projects funded in 2011 included a mentorship program in Exeter, school readiness sessions for middle and high school students in Orosi, design and installation of a soccer field in Tulare, and a summer garden in Visalia.

During the grant cycle, student participants enjoyed a day of team building at the Mc Dermont Field House in the city of Lindsay.

The deadline to submit an application for a grant is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 2012. The Tulare County Youth Commission will review the submitted grant applications and recommend to the Board of Supervisors which organizations should receive funding. The Youth Commission will vote on the funding recommendations on April 9, 2012. The final grant awards will be made on April 24, 2012 by the Tulare County Board of Supervisors.

Applications can be obtained by visiting or by phoning (559) 636-5000. For more information, please contact Youth Commission staff Allison Pierce at (559) 636-5000 or