For Partners

First 5 Riverside aims to invest in efforts that will have the most effective and positive impact on children and our community. Annually, a portion of tobacco tax revenue collected by the state is distributed to the respective counties based on their annual live birth rate. In turn, First 5 Riverside, the Riverside County Children & Families Commission, awards funds to organizations, specific projects and providers that facilitate programs or services that fit with the Commission’s strategic plan to support Riverside County children 0 through 5 years of age.

Types of Funding

Request for Proposal/Request for Qualifications

Funds are applied for and distributed through a Request for Proposal/Request for Qualifications process where proposals are sought from the community targeting areas the Commission has determined meets the goals and objectives outlined in its Strategic Plan. If your organization is interested in applying, we accept applications during our announced funding opportunities.

Unsolicited Proposals

Unsolicited proposals are funding requests not associated with Commission issued procurements. The proposals have to target children 0 through 5 years of age and their families, and must follow First 5 Riverside’s policy and guidelines for consideration.

Event Sponsorships

First 5 Riverside provides sponsorships to help support community outreach/educational events and efforts that connect families with resources for children, 0 through 5 years of age. If your organization is interested in applying for a sponsorship from First 5 Riverside, please review and complete a Sponsorship application.

Current Funding Opportunities

First 5 Riverside administers funding for proposals and projects through a transparent Request for Proposal/Request for Qualifications process.  As new funding and contract opportunities become available, they will be listed below. Please take special note of deadlines and application requirements.

  • No current funding opportunities

First 5 Riverside supports programs and services for children ages 0-5 and their families based on its strategic plan. Funds are applied for and distributed through procurement processes (RFP, RFA, RFQ) facilitated by the Riverside County Purchasing Department in conjunction with Riverside County DPSS. These funds are intended to enhance existing services for children and may not supplant existing resources or create service duplication. Any grievances should be submitted by following the protest procedures.

Resources for Our Partners

We have several materials that we make available to our partner agencies to share with the children and families they serve. If you are interested in any of the materials below, please contact us.

Kit for New Parents

The Kit for New Parents is a resource that includes everything from practical advice on prenatal care to information on a child’s first years.

Care, Cope, Connect

The Care, Cope, Connect resource helps support families who may be in a state of fear, anxiety, or loss.

Created by Sesame Street in Communities in collaboration with the First 5 Association of California, the resource includes self-care tips for parents/caregivers and activity pages for kids.

Potter the Otter

Potter the Otter, a Tale About Water is a delightful story that assists families, caregivers and providers in talking about healthy drink choices. Potter drinks water, the healthy choice! Books are available for distribution to families with children 0 through 5 years of age.