The Women and Girls’ Fund has announced up to $50,000 in grant allocations will be available during its 12th grant cycle to Kern County nonprofit organizations that serve local women or girls within the areas of education and training.

“Since its inception, the Women’s and Girls’ Fund has provided over $320,000 in grants to local nonprofits that serve women and girls, primarily in the area of educational attainment,” WGF Vision Committee Chair Cathy Bennett said in a release. “Every year we receive compelling grant applications, many of which demonstrate out-of-the-box thinking for improving education outcomes for women and girls.”

In the organization’s last funding cycle, the group funded the local Girl Scouts connect program, which allowed at-risk, low socioeconomic girls to participate in Girl Scouts.

Organizations interested in applying for a grant should have a nonprofit designation or fiscal sponsor and have a presence in Kern County.

Groups can submit a letter of intent at kernfoundation.org/grants by 5 p.m., Nov. 9.

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Bike Arvin will be hosting a Smart Cycling Bike Party from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Oct. 5, at 1241 Bear Mountain Blvd.

During the event, pizza will be served and participants will learn about Smart Cycling practices.

At around 7:10 p.m., the participants will be given the opportunity to take part in a community bike ride.

Smart Cycling was developed by the League of American Bicyclists.

Topics include wearing helmet and gear, how to bike at night, signaling, trail riding and traffic laws among other topics.

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