First 5 San Bernardino launches simplified process to address community-level challenges with practical, collaborative solutions

The Merceides Logans Community Innovation Initiative has launched, providing an opportunity for local organizations to obtain funding for new and existing programs that benefit young children and their families.  

Named after a beloved staff member who recently lost her battle with cancer, the Merceides Logans Community Innovation Initiative is a $1.5 million fund designated to foster a progressive yet simplified approach for community organizations to obtain resources and work together.  

In addition to helping local organizations achieve their goals, the new initiative also aims to simplify the funding application process. First 5 San Bernardino section manager of systems and communication, Ronnie Robinson, is available to help answer any questions you may have about the application process.  

Important upcoming deadlines:  

  • Request for application release: Sept. 15, 2022 
  • Mandatory attendance at the virtual Application Submission Workshop (Deadline to register online is 12 pm on Sept. 27; Workshop to be held at 4 pm, Sept. 27 via Zoom) 
  • Application questions deadline: 4 pm, Sept. 30, 2022 
  • Application submission deadline: 4 pm, Nov. 4, 2022 
  • Tentative start date for contract: Jan. 12, 2023 
  • Application, Funding Brief and Submission Guidebook materials all available at  

Questions? Email, attention Ronnie Robinson. 

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