The Building Healthy Communities Hub Committee is seeking applicants for their mini-grants, and the deadline for this cycle's applications is Oct. 21. Funding amounts can vary from $250 to $1,000, depending on the project and funding available. The total funding available annually through this source is $12,500.The Building Healthy Communities (BHC) Southwest Merced/East Merced County mini-grant is intended to pay for projects that will help BHC's central mission: to build a healthy community in which youth and families are healthy, safe, and ready to learn, according to a news release. The mini-grant will directly pay for projects in the four communities identified within the BHC area — Planada, Le Grand, South Merced, Franklin/Beachwood areas of Merced County — or that involve community members from the four areas that make up the BHC site. Mini-grants should improve youth leadership, community involvement and behaviors related to developing healthy and safe communities. Examples of potential projects include educational trips, cultural arts, music or video projects that focus on three outcomes: BHC is working on three main goals for 2011-2012:Children and their families are safe from violence in their homes and neighborhoods; Communities support healthy youth development;Community Health improvements are linked to economic development.Completed applications are due on Oct. 21 for the first cycle of funds and March 23, 2012, for the second cycle. Applications must be received or postmarked by 5 p.m. at the United Way office. To receive a mini-grant application, please call See Lee at (209) 580-6413 or email at firstname.lastname@example.orgBuilding Healthy Communities is a 10-year, $1 billion plan of The California Endowment. The endowment has given the Sun-Star a grant for a health care reporter.