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Announcement of Mini Grants for Parent Education in Franklin County and North Quabbin!

posted Sep 19, 2013, 11:15 AM by Edwin Rodriguez   [ updated Sep 19, 2013, 1:26 PM by Jared Libby ]
Announcement of Mini Grants for Parent Education in Franklin County and the North Quabbin Primary Prevention Through Family Connection

The Communities That Care Coalition is pleased to announce the availability of mini-grants to support and expand the strategies of the Communities That Care Parent Education Workgroup in our community.

Our project, "Primary Prevention Through Family Connection" will address Safety and Freedom from Violence by bolstering family connectedness. Funding is made possible by a grant from the Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts and is available through the Parent Education Workgroup of the Communities That Care Coalition to support the following two strategies of the Parent Education Workgroup:

 (1) to strengthen family connection as a protective factor for girls including through supporting and offering more opportunities for local families to engage in activities that promote and strengthen family connection including positive interactive family dinners. Boys who experience good family connection and good family management* report greater disapproval of violence and fewer violent incidents, which should ultimately have an impact on reducing violence against women and girls. *good family management refers to experiencing positive regular and routine family time including family meals which provides warmth and connection as well as structure and consistency.

 (2) to provide research-based parent education to parents and caregivers of children age 9 through 18 years. Examples of programs we can fund include: activities that support and strengthen girls/youth connection to their families such as Mother/daughter or Parent/daughter activity groups (Book clubs, art clubs, cooking clubs, etc), training, staffing and program development for a positive, evidence-based parenting program; a community meal in a neighborhood, school or church that is focused on encouraging and empowering families to regularly have positive and interactive family dinners; events promoting the importance of positive and interactive family dinners organized by youth groups or key clubs for families in their districts; a family cooking class focused on preparing meals together; a family games night or other event focused on positive family engagement for youth with their families.

 Your work/event should take place in Franklin County or the North Quabbin between 10/17/13 and 6/30/2014. Grants may range from $50 to $500 for activities and may exceed that amount for research-based parent education. 

 Funding decisions will be made by the members of the Parent Education Workgroup (members with conflicts of interest will recuse themselves) who will consider (a) the number of families served, (b) the project's potential to have an impact in line with our grant goals for the girls in the families served, and (c) the cost-effectiveness of the impact. In addition, if the applicant is a previous mini-grant recipient the Workgroup will consider past performance with mini-grant requirements. FYI as a resource: For information about family dinners visit

Please go to the surveymonkey link below to access the application: