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First 5 Santa Barbara County has selected eight local recipients for its Capacity Building Mini-Grants totaling $36,162.

Beneficiaries include the Guadalupe Unified School District, Antioch University Santa Barbara, Carpinteria Unified School District, Isla Vista Youth Projects, Santa Barbara County Education Office-Health Linkages, THRIVE Santa Barbara County, Transition House and UCSB Early Childhood Care and Education Services.

Capacity Building Mini-Grants fund short-term individual and/or organizationwide improvement efforts that will be achieved within a year’s worth of funding, a spokesman said.

“Investing in the organizational capacity and strength of local nonprofits and community agencies is a key strategy for helping all children get ready for kindergarten,” said Ben Romo, executive director of First 5.

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This fiscal year, First 5 reportedly will provide more than $2.1 million in a variety of direct grants for local agencies and nonprofits to serve newborns to 5-year-olds and their families, all with the goal of helping kids to be healthy, safe and ready for kindergarten.

For more information, visit first5santabarbaracounty.org or call 884-8085.

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