December 6, 2011

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today awarded $95,000 in grant funding to 12 non-profit organizations from throughout Tulare County through the Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program.  

The Tulare County Youth Commission presented its funding recommendations to the Board at its regular meeting.  The Tulare County Youth Commission reviewed the submitted grant applications and recommended to the Board of Supervisors which organizations should receive funding and at what level.

The organizations will use the Step Up Youth Activities Grant Program funds to work with gang affiliated or gang exposed youth in Tulare County.  The programs funded range from graffiti removal and mentorship programs to a soccer league and an arts program.  

The organizations that received funding are:

District One: Courage to Change, $10,000; El Quinto Summer Arts Program, $5,000
District Two: Tulare Athletic Boxing Club, $10,000; Great Tulare Recreation Foundation, $5,000; Tulare County Police Assistance League, $5,000
District Three: Proteus, Inc., $10,000; Visalia Police Activities League, $10,000
District Four: AYSO, $5,000; Sequoia Council, Boy Scouts of America, $5,000; Y.E.S.S. Sports Program, $5,000; Big Brothers Big Sisters, $5,000
District Five: Porterville Education Foundation, $10,000; Wild Places, $10,000

“Providing positive experiences for Tulare County’s youth is the goal of all Step Up programs,” said Mike Ennis, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “The organizations who are receiving grants will be able to carry out that mission to hundreds, if not thousands, of youth from throughout Tulare County.”

CLICK HERE for a detailed description on how the non-profit organizations plan to use the grant funding.