Proposition 10

On November 1998, California voters passed the California Children and Families Act of 1998. The act levies a tax on cigarettes and other tobacco products with the intent to provide funding for early childhood development programs, in addition to establishing a State Commission and local County Commissions for this purpose. 

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Community Development Mini-Grants

BabywHat2Applicants selected for Community Development Mini-Grant STEP 2: First 5 Imperial has allocated $150,000 for the purpose of awarding a number of mini-grant projects for funding for fiscal year 2024-2025. The maximum award is $30,000 for individual applicatMGCoverions. The course of action entails a two-step process, where potential applicants submit a Statement of Interest to Apply form under Step 1 of this process. The Commission selects applicants submitting Statement of Interest to Apply forms for Step 2, thus inviting selected applicants to apply by completing and submitting a full Community Development Mini-grant Application. On April 5, 2024, at the Regular Meeting of the Commission, members moved to invite 7 applicants that submitted a Statement of Interest to Apply form to continue on to Step 2 of the process, and therefore were invited to submit a proposal to compete for a Community Development Mini-Grant award for the 2024-2025 funding cycle. Step 2 proposals are due by May 8, 2024. Step 2 applicants can download copies of the application guidelines and relevant forms by clicking on the following links:


Mini-Grant Step 2 Application Deadline: May 8, 2024. Applications must submitted to the following address: Imperial County Purchasing, Attn: First 5 Imperial, 1125 W. Main Street, El Centro, CA 92243, by 4:00 pm on May 8, 2024.


A listing of agencies selected by the Commission to submit mini-grant applications to compete for funding awards under Step 2 of the Community Development Mini-Grant Application process for FY 2024-2025 are listed as follows:

  • City of El Centro Community Services Department
  • Imperial County Child Abuse Prevention Council
  • Imperial County Office of Education - Early Learning Conf
  • Imperial Valley Life Center
  • Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Prog.
  • Sure Helpline Center
  • UC Desert Research and Extension Center


For a summary of FY 2022-2023 mini-grant awards click on the following link:

Mini-Grants Awarded during Fiscal Year 2022-2023

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Community Development Mini-Grant FY2024-2025 Application