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2013-2014 Agency Partner Grant Funded Projects

Planning and Development
Kealy Salomon, Commissioner


Economic and Cultural Benefit

Children’s Media Project (CMP):  $9,600 to support youth vocational assistance through employment at the CMP Media Lab, where participants receive training in media production, creating the award-winning DROP TV series and broadcasting Radio Uprising, CMP’s weekly radio broadcast.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County:  $86,297 to support specific 4-H Youth Development programs, including Green Teen Gardening in Beacon and Anti-Bullying programs within the 4-H Club structure.

Literacy Connections:  $24,000 to train tutors for adult literacy and to support the Book Buddies program for school children in the County.

Northeast Community Council:  $40,000 to expand the Community Partnership with Schools and Business, a work-skills training program for teenagers and young adults.

Poughkeepsie Public Library District:  $39,150 to expand its digital literacy program through the creation of a “Teen Geek” tutoring program to libraries throughout Dutchess County.  Members of the Teen Geek Squad are hired, trained, and deployed to all public libraries on Saturdays to assist patrons with digital literacy.

Health and Human Service Prevention and Intervention

Child Care Council of Dutchess and Putnam:  $12,050 to train child care staff at Dutchess County day care centers to encourage healthy nutrition and physical activity for young children and to help parents to extend the lessons learned into their homes.

Friends of Seniors:  $25,000 to enhance its senior transportation program by employing a dispatcher to coordinate non-emergency medical transportation schedules and by supporting staff efforts to engage more volunteer drivers.

Hudson River Housing:  $47,000 to expand its Financial Literacy 101 program in Dutchess County.  An additional Financial Coach will enable HRH to increase the number of classes and make them accessible to more County residents.

Hudson River Housing:  $48,000 to establish a Housing Navigator program to assist homeless adults and families to find appropriate and stable housing.

Mediation Center of Dutchess County: $28,462 to support the Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County. This program will also be eligible for a similar amount of funding from New York State through the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services (DCFS) which will bring total funding support for the program to $56,923.

Mediation Center of Dutchess County:  $25,461 for its Anti-Bullying Initiative which will support direct programs in two Dutchess County school districts.  The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP) provides training in both prevention and intervention.

Northeast Community Council: $27,180 to coordinate various nutrition and food service programs in the northeast part of the County.  Food access projects in Millerton and Amenia include the Farm and Food Education Program, a Summer Food Service Program, and the Share the Bounty Fresh Food Pantry.

Environmental Sustainability and Services

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies:  $20,000 to support the Institute’s tick-borne disease program in collaboration with the Dutchess County Department of Health and the Dutchess County Tick Task Force.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County:  $190,000 to provide science-based instruction and support for Commercial Horticulture and Agriculture operations and agriculture-related enterprises throughout Dutchess County. The program will also support participation in a fifteen-county commercial horticulture consortium.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County:  $15,000 to initiate an education program for Composting and Organics Recycling. This program will support one of the key goals of “Rethinking Waste,” the County’s local solid waste management plan.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County:  $68,000 to support the Environment and Energy programs, including GIS education and resources for local government officials, support for local watershed protection groups and development of educational resources around low impact development.

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