Funding is available to our community through a variety of grant and partnership opportunities.

Funding Opportunities

First 5 Shasta aims to invest in efforts that will have the most effective and positive impact on children and our community. The three goals of our Strategic Plan are used to guide our investment in early childhood. From a healthy pregnancy to a child’s eager entry into kindergarten, we’re making strategic and innovative use of all First 5 Shasta resources to make a lasting difference in the lives of children.


Grant Information

The following grants are available during specific times during the fiscal year. Sign up for our mailing list to be informed when these and other opportunities become available. Sign Up Here

  • Goal Specific Projects (Coming Spring 2024)

  • Good Neighbor Grants (Coming Spring 2024)

  • Inclusive Early Education Expansion Program Grants (Coming Fall 2024)

  • Scholarships (Coming Winter 2024)

  • Week of the Young Child (Coming Winter 2024)

If your project does not fit into an existing funding category, we’d love to hear from you. Please send an email to to connect with our grant coordinator.

First 5 Shasta Scholarships help to build the capacity of individuals and organizations serving young children ages 0-to-5, their families, pregnant women, and providers working on behalf of young children in Shasta County. Applicants may pursue scholarships to attend trainings, conferences, and workshops.

All activities must align with First 5 Shasta’s Strategic Plan.

  • Total Budget: $10,000
  • Request Range: $500 to $1,500
  • Grant Period: Completed within Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2024
  • Deadline to apply: Applications accepted until funds are dedicated.


Good Neighbor Grants supply small amounts of funding that can make a big difference. First 5 Shasta aims to attract a diverse range of partners, both newcomers and traditional early childhood organizations, by offering Good Neighbor assistance. Projects may include, but are not limited to:

  • Community event support
  • Education projects or activities
  • Projects that provides goods or services directly to families with young children
  • Training for providers working with young children and their families

All activities must align with First 5 Shasta’s Strategic Plan.

Cycle 2: January 15, 2024 - April 30, 2024

  • Total Budget: $25,000

  • Request Range: $500-$1,500

  • Grant Period: Completed within Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2024

  • Deadline to apply: April 30, 2024 (11:59 pm) or until funds are dedicated.


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Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan 2019-2024 was developed after examination of local needs and determination of most effective methods for allocating First 5 Shasta resources to achieve desired results.

Proposition 10 contains a requirement for county commissions to adopt a strategic plan “for the support and improvement of early childhood development in the county. First 5 Shasta engaged in a process throughout 2018 in partnership with a workgroup that included First 5 Shasta staff, Commission members, and individuals from the community and grantee organizations to develop the 2019-2024 strategic plan. The First 5 Shasta Commission has approved an extension of the strategic plan through 2026. An updated version of the strategic plan will be available by summer of 2023.

Funding Policies

Learn about our policies applicable to all First 5 Shasta categories of grant funding.

First 5 Shasta follows a set of policies to ensure the effective distribution of funds into our community. Read each of our policies to ensure your application meets our criteria for funding.

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Make a Difference Where You Live

First 5 Shasta expands the opportunities available for community members to support the efforts to influence positive change in the lives of children ages 0-5.

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