Grants Available for Youth Organizations to Clean Up Communities
PALM DESERT – Youth can raise up to $2,000 for their local organization by participating in a community clean-up program sponsored by Supervisor John J. Benoit and the Riverside County Economic Development Agency.
Now in its eighth year, the “Community Leaders Enhancing Area Neighborhoods (C.L.E.A.N.) Youth Force” program is seeking applications from youth-based nonprofit organizations in the Fourth District to sign up for cleanup events through spring 2016.
“The communities in my district really benefit from this program, as youth work hard to clean up illegal dumping sites,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “In return, the C.L.E.A.N. Youth Force program provides an opportunity for youth to financially support their clubs and organizations.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>
Organizations and clubs must be located within the Fourth District, commit the funds to meet the needs of local youth in the community and submit proof of their 501(c)(3) status with the IRS.
Groups must commit a minimum of 20 students to participate in the community clean-up events. Clean-up events take place between 7 a.m. and noon at sites within the communities of the Fourth District. Equipment will be provided and trash will be collected by the local waste hauler.
Interested youth groups should download an application at Supervisor Benoit’s Web site, www.rivco4.org/web/articles/YouthForceClean-UpProgram.html.
The deadline to apply is Oct. 9. Funds are limited and applications will be reviewed on a first come, first-served basis.
For more information, please contact Grace Escobar with the Riverside County Economic Development Agency at GCEscobar@rivcoeda.org or 760-863-2586.