Programs & Initiatives
Each year First 5 Kern receives nearly $9 million in funding from tobacco tax revenue that is collected by the state and distributed to all 58 California counties based on each county’s annual live birth rate. These funds are awarded to organizations, specific projects and providers to support the prenatal to five population of Kern County and their families. The majority of these funds are applied for and distributed through a Request for Proposal process in which proposals are sought from the community targeting areas the Commission has determined meets the goals and objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan. These funds are intended to enhance existing services for children ages prenatal to five years and their families, and may not supplant existing resources or create service duplication.
Click on the Funded Programs link below for information on the various organizations that receive funding from First 5 Kern. To review current funding opportunities available, please click on the Funding Opportunities link. Specific information on First 5 Kern initiatives can be accessed by clicking on the Initiatives link.