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Additional Dutchess County Agency Partner Grant Funding Allows for Expanded Youth Programs

Published: 5/23/2019

For More Information Contact:

Colleen Pillus, (845) 486-2000

Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has announced $100,000 has been awarded to local agency nonprofits for expanded at-risk youth programming. The additional dollars, added to the 2019 Dutchess County Budget during the Legislature’s review process, expand summer and after-school program opportunities for young people to enhance academic success, develop job skills and/or obtain hands-on experience with job opportunities.

County Executive Molinaro said, “This funding allows for several successful area youth programs to expand their capacity, allowing more kids to be able to take advantage of job skill training, academic enrichment, and social development opportunities. These additional grants from our Agency Partner Grant program help to multiply the positive impact these valuable programs are having on young people.”

Legislature Chairman Gregg Pulver said,  “I was very pleased we were able to add this extra funding for the Agency Partner Grant during the Legislature’s 2019 budget review. These programs help ensure young people are getting the academic building blocks they need to succeed in school and the job readiness skills to succeed in the workforce.”

The Agency Partner Grant program awards for youth programs, as well as program sign-up information, are as follows:

Hudson River Housing
Youth Learning through Experience, Assistance, and Partnerships (LEAP) Program

Grant award: $30,000

The LEAP Program provides young people with career development workshops to learn work readiness and leadership skills, financial literacy, and civic engagement and links them to paid work opportunities and will serve 34 young people.   

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Call Lydia Hatfield at 845-454-5176 ext. 305 or email to obtain an application or for additional information.

North East Community Center
After-School Connections Program

Grant award: $38,400

The After-School Connections Program advances after-school youth development opportunities for sixty (60) K-8th grade students in the Webutuck Central School District to ensure alignment with the academic core competencies taught during the school day and by promoting measurable social, emotional, and academic success.

To apply, contact Jan Brooks, After-School Program Director, at 518-592-1366 ext. 5 or at or download an application from the After-School Connection’s webpage.

R.E.A.L. Skills Network
Summer Learning Academy

Grant award: $16,295

The Summer Learning Academy is a 6-week summer program in the City of Poughkeepsie with a focus on stabilizing academic achievement levels and eliminating summer learning loss, serving 50 students.

Applications will be available beginning May 28, 2019 - June 11, 2019 on a first come, first serve basis. For additional information and to apply for a scholarship to attend the Summer Learning Academy, beginning July 8th, call 845-452-6088 ext. 3169 or visit the R.E.A.L. Skills Network at the Family Partnership Center, 29 North Hamilton St., Poughkeepsie, NY. 

The Art Effect
Youth Workforce Development in Arts & Media program

Grant award:  $15,305

The Youth Workforce Development in Arts & Media program, which include Spark Studios and MADLab, are afterschool and summer programs to prepares students for higher education and employment opportunities by providing arts-based curriculum, training, and hands-on experience in media production and the visual arts.  The programs serve 80 City of Poughkeepsie youth.

Youth interested in applying for rolling admission to Spark Studios or MADLab can contact Angela at or by calling 845-471-7477.   Upcoming session dates are as follows:

  • Summer MADLab: 6/24 – 8/16
  • Summer Spark Studios: 6/24 – 8/16
  • Summer Spark Studios Bootcamp: 8/19 – 8/30

The Agency Partner Grant (APG) Program is a grant program for Dutchess County non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation. Funding is awarded to organizations on a competitive basis based on ability to demonstrate they can fulfill an unmet community need.   Funding is typically awarded on a biennial basis, unless additional funds become available. Applications for the upcoming grant cycle will be available in August. Newly funded programs will have a contract date that begins on January 1, 2020. Additional information about the APG program is available online.