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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

For Immediate Release

July 28, 1999

Uniform Grants Application Saves Tax Dollars;
Poised to Become Statewide Model

Poughkeepsie, NY - County Executive William R. Steinhaus is pleased to announce the adoption of the Common Grant Application by two county departments, as well as the United Way and the Private Industry Council (PIC). The adoption of the Common Grant Application allows non-profit agencies requesting funding from the Dutchess County Youth Bureau, the Dutchess County Department of Planning and Development Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG), the United Way or PIC to fill out only one application which can then be submitted to all these funding sources.

"The Common Grant Application is beneficial for a number of reasons," Steinhaus said. "For instance, many of the same non-profits apply to two or three of the organizations using the Common Grant Application. This application will allow us to compare the requests and make sure there is no duplicate funding. Even more important, this format emphasizes what we call Community-Wide Outcome Measures which ask agencies to meticulously list who they are targeting, how their program will serve its purpose and how they plan to target their audience."

The development of the Dutchess County Common Grant Application was a joint effort by the Dutchess County CDBG program, PIC, the United Way of Dutchess County and the Youth Bureau. "Often the United Way will supply a matching grant for projects which the Youth Bureau funds. Since the United Way works closely with the Youth Bureau, it made sense to have them involved in the development of the application. Now we can both easily access the information we require off the same application," noted Steinhaus.

James Williamson, President and CEO of United Way said, "United Way initiated the Common Grant Application as a natural extension of our commitment to fostering collaboration among agencies. The application is also a natural fit with our Outcome Measure Initiative, also a collaborative program involving many of the same organizations. The Common Grant Application will help those seeking funding strengthen existing services and target the most effective for expansion. Both are key parts of United Way's community-building focus."

The application will also help those providing funds in making informed and intelligent decisions. "This application will help us ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used as effectively as possible," Steinhaus noted. "We have an obligation to the taxpayers to maximize every one of their hard earned dollars. Therefore we want to make sure each program that receives funding will be well managed and will achieve its goals. Also by only filling out one application instead of three or four, the Common Grant Application will save the non-profit agencies time that can be put into direct services. Simply said, this reduces paperwork and bureaucracy."

"We have even received approval from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to use this application when agencies request future OCFS funding through our Youth Bureau," Steinhaus said. "In return the State would like us to share Dutchess County's experience with other counties. We look forward to helping other counties implement this outcome oriented model."


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