Do you have a project that would benefit the communities of Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch, and the unincorporated areas of Greenfield, but need funds to purchase materials? If so we may be able to help. Apply for a grant today!

Grants to Build Healthy Communities

The Grants for Blocks Program will provide up to $500 in materials/supplies to groups of residents or youth from South Kern to complete projects that will improve our community.

What is Building Healthy Communities – South Kern?

Building Healthy Communities – South Kern is an effort to positively change the health of our communities through a shared vision, goals, and Action Plan. Residents, youth, businesses, and organizations in Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch and the unincorporated areas of Greenfield are working together to make our communities healthier, and to create a brighter future for our children.

Who can apply for Grants to Build Healthy Communities?

Applications can be made by any group of residents, youth, or community partners such as parent groups, groups of neighbors, youth or student groups, or others. Groups should be from the communities of Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch, or the unincorporated areas of Greenfield.

What can funds be used for?

Funds can be used for any project that would benefit the communities of Arvin, Lamont, Weedpatch, and the unincorporated areas of Greenfield. Funds can only be used for materials or supplies and not to pay for services or the time it takes to complete the projects. Projects must be completed by November 30, 2015.

What factors will be used to decide which projects are funded?

Projects will be scored based on showing that they are:

  • Addressing a significant need in the communities of South Kern;
  • Meeting this need by making real and lasting improvements in our communities;
  • Led by residents or youth from South Kern;
  • Bringing different people and groups together, especially new groups or residents;
  • Using the $500 available for reasonable and pre-defined project expenses;
  • Bring additional resources beyond the $500 grant amount, such as additional funds or volunteer time;
  • Helping make our communities healthier places to live, work, and play;
  • Innovative or unique;
  • Supporting BHC-SK priorities (Education, Environment, Health, Recreation, and Economic Development).
  • How do I apply for funding?
  • Fill out and submit the application attached. If you need assistance completing the application, contact Angelica Munoz at 661-845-2724 for assistance.
  • Workshops will also be held in mid to late July to assist you in completing the application. To find out when a workshop near you will be held, visit our website, www.healthysouthkern.org, or call 845-2724.
  • Submit the application by 5:00pm on Friday, August 11th to 7839 Burgundy Avenue in Lamont. No late applications will be accepted.
  • We expect to fund $6500 in projects this year.
  • Funded applications will be limited to one per Group/Resident
  • Groups/Residents will be notified by August 31st if their application will be considered for funding.
  • Finalists will be asked to present to the BHC-SK Steering Committee on September 10th.
  • Funds must be spent by November 30th 2015
  • Workshops will also be held to assist you in completing the application.
      • July 21st 2015 5:30-6:30 @ FRC in Lamont 7839 Burgundy Ave Lamont CA 93241
      • July 24th 2015 5:30-6:30 @ Rexland Center 325 E. Fairview Ave Greenfield CA
      • July 27th 2015 5:30-6:30 @ Valley of Faith Church 500 Campus Ave, Arvin CA

For more details about the grant or application process, or for any other questions, visit our website, www.healthysouthkern.org or contact Marina Ugues, BHC-SK Program Assistant at the Lamont/Weedpatch Family Resource Center, 661-845-2724, 7839 Burgundy Avenue, Lamont.

Grants for blocks application application 2015

Spanish Grants for blocks application application 2015-SP






In South Kern, a group of active and engaged youth have joined together to spread the word on issues that may otherwise go unnoticed.

South Kern Sol is media website staffed by youth ages 14 to 24 from the areas of Greenfield, Arvin, Lamont and Weedpatch. Together this team researches and reports on matters that impact residents of South Kern including the economy, education, politics, health and the environment.

Recognizing that the mainstream media often overlooks the areas they live in, these youth have been trained in the style of storytelling, photography and video to create a news outlet where citizens can find information on the local news that affects them most.

South Kern Sol was created by New America Media with the help of funders The California Endowment and Knight Foundation.

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