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
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.
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.
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.