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County Seeks Proposals for 2023-2024 Youth Program Funding
Grant workshops set for March 7th and 9th

Published: 2/14/2023

Poughkeepsie … The Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services’ (DCFS) Division of Youth Services is requesting proposals for youth development services from municipalities and nonprofit, community-based organizations for program year October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024.  Program funding will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Youth Development Programs (YDP)
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA)

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to programs that provide free, direct services designed to improve youth and community outcomes, as outlined in the OCFS-5003 Program Components-Coding Document, Rev. 3/2018. Programs must address one of the New York State Office of Children and Family Services’ six life areas, which are: Economic Security, Physical and Emotional Health, Education, Citizenship/Civic Engagement, Family and Community.

Programs will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of and have staff trained in Positive Youth Development. Agencies will also be expected to show how the program addresses one of Dutchess County’s “Path to Promise” domains/value areas. Programs must serve Dutchess County youth up to 21 years of age for the program year October 1, 2023 to September 30, 2024. Eligible applicants should be either a county municipality or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community-based organization with a federal identification number and charity registration number, operating in Dutchess County with the ability to meet the County’s insurance requirements.

The Division of Youth Services has scheduled two grant workshops for nonprofit agencies and municipalities at the Dutchess County Emergency Response Center, 392 Creek Road, Poughkeepsie; each workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.: 

  • Tuesday, March 7, 2023 
  • Thursday, March 9, 2023

Please contact Juliana Corbett at 845-486-3354 or to register for a workshop.  Each session will review the step-by-step process of applying online through the Dutchess County Grant Portal and address any concerns or questions.

All grants are due to the Division of Youth Services on or before Thursday, March 30, 2023, by 5 p.m.  

Funding is made available through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.  In 2022, 20 programs were awarded a total of $266,691.00 in funding.  The amount of funding will be subject to the availability.