Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

Grants to California Organizations and Agencies for Events in Eligible Regions that Benefit Young Children

Community Event and Activity Sponsorship Grant


GrantWatch ID#

Funding Source
Array ( )

Geographic Focus
USA: California: San Joaquin County

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/30/23 - Applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event. Save

Grant Description
Grants to California community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, public agencies, and private agencies for events in eligible regions that benefit young children. Eligible projects include family literacy events and community events. Events must benefit children ages 0-5 in San Joaquin County.

First 5 San Joaquin has set aside funds for fiscal year 2022-2023 to sponsor events and activities that assist in achieving the priorities established in the Strategic Plan and help to expand the reach of the Talk. Read. Sing. Draw. Play. campaign.

Talk. Read. Sing. Draw. Play. is a local campaign created by the University of the Pacific’s San Joaquin Reads Initiative that encourages parent engagement and provides children ages 0 to 5 with consistent, language-rich experiences. When parents talk, read, sing, draw, and play with children in loving and responsive ways, they build the child’s brain and help them develop the social-emotional skills needed to succeed in school and life. The Community Event & Activity Sponsorship Grant provides community organizations with funding and resource support to serve as Campaign Extenders and expand campaign messages by including education and resource provision into existing community events or planning special Talk. Read. Sing. Draw. Play. related activities for families.

Sponsorship Options:

  • A. Community Event: To support activities that increase the inclusion of children ages 0 to 5 and their families in community events that are free and open to the public. The event may be solely focused on children ages 0 to 5, or part of an event with a larger community focus, as long as it includes a focus on children ages 0 to 5. Examples include (please note these are examples, not an exhaustive list): health promotion events, cultural enrichment events that promote family bonding, events that promote early literacy, etc.
  • B. Family Literacy Event: To support opportunities for parents of children ages 0 to 5 to enhance their ability to parent young children. This could include many different educational activities. Examples include (please note these are examples, not an exhaustive list): parenting workshops on topics related to Talk. Read. Sing. Draw. Play., family literacy nights, etc. Family literacy events should specifically target children ages 0 to 5 and their families.

Qualified events will do the following:

  • Align with one or more Goal Areas in the First 5 San Joaquin Strategic Plan (noted above):
  • Target families (primarily) with children ages 0 to 5 or professionals working with families with children ages 0 to 5 in San Joaquin County
  • Provide educational and developmentally appropriate activities for children ages 0 to 5
  • Be free and available to the public
  • Be educational in purpose (e.g. dinners and entertainment-focused events will not meet this requirement)
  • Be designated as a “smoke-free” event
  • Provide healthy refreshment options for participants, if sponsorship funding will be used for food and drink purchases
  • Demonstrate ability to meet target attendance numbers as indicated by a prior year’s event attendance (except Level 1 funding)
  • Take place in San Joaquin County


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- Community-based organizations
- Faith-based organizations
- Public agencies
- Private agencies

A W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification and Certification form will be requested. Applicants that received a Community Event Sponsorship Grant last year or during a previous funding cycle are eligible to apply again if they remain in good standing (i.e. funding requirements were met).

Individuals are not eligible to apply.

The following events will not qualify for sponsorship:
- Events that do not specifically address the needs of children ages 0 to 5 and their families
- Events that serve as fundraisers
- Events that are part of a First 5 San Joaquin funded agency’s Scope of Work
- Events that conflict with the values and vision of First 5 San Joaquin
- Events that promote a religious purpose
- Events designated for political activity or to elect candidates for public office
- Events that utilize sponsorship funds for giveaways (i.e. diapers, personal protective equipment, etc.)

Pre-Application Information
Sponsorships have no application deadlines but completed applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the event. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis from April 1, 2023 – May 30, 2023, or until funds are no longer available.

Estimated Size of Grant
Funding Levels and Requirements:
- Level 1 | $250: If the event/activity attracts 25-100 attendees (minimum of 25 attendees required). First time events are eligible under this level.
- Level 2 | $500*: If the event/activity attracts 100-500 attendees.
- Level 3 | $750*: If the event/activity attracts 500-750 attendees.
- Level 4 | $1,000*: If the event/activity attracts 750 or more attendees.
*The events/activities funded at these levels must be able to demonstrate target attendance with a prior year’s event attendance.

Term of Contract
All events must take place by June 30, 2023.

Contact Information
To apply for sponsorship, please complete the Application Form and submit to

For more information, call (209) 953-5437 or send an email to the email address listed above.

First 5 San Joaquin
400 E. Main St., Stockton, CA 95202
P.O. Box: 201056, Stockton, CA 95201
(209) 953-KIDS (5437)
(209) 932-2675

Grant News
Live Chat Chat Now