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May 29, 2007 > Community awards announced

Community awards announced

Submitted By Lindsay Rayburn

Through its continued efforts to help ensure a successful start for children ages 5 and younger, First 5 Alameda County today announced its allocation of more than $5.1 million to fund 46 community organizations during the next two years. Available as part of the Every Child Counts Community Grants Initiative, these grant funds fulfill a key mission of the organization - to expand and enhance organizations serving local expectant women, young children and their families.

"First 5 Alameda County's goal is to improve the quality of life for children under the age of 5," said Mark Friedman, Chief Executive Officer for First 5 Alameda County. "Supporting these programs helps us to ensure that we are addressing the specific needs of our County's youngest in a comprehensive way. Each organization funded by First 5 Alameda County offers a targeted, local approach to a different issue faced by Alameda County kids."

All funding requests were reviewed and evaluated based on criteria outlined in the grant application. The First 5 Alameda County Commission approved the funding during its May 24th meeting, after receiving recommendations from community review panels. Four Fremont-based organizations received funding from First 5 Alameda including: Dorcas Family Ministry: $48,415; City of Fremont, Youth and Family Services: $150,000; Friends of Children with Special Needs: $120,700; Tri-City Homeless Coalition: $115,558. Funding will become effective on July 1, 2007.

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