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County Seeks Proposals for 2024-2025 Youth Program Funding
Grant workshops set for March 12th and 14th

Published: 2/26/2024

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services’ Division of Youth Services is requesting proposals for youth programming services from municipalities and nonprofit, community-based organizations for the program year on October 1, 2024 to September 30, 2025. 

Grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 will be awarded in the following categories:

•    Youth Development Programs
•    Youth Sports and Education Opportunity Funding
•    Runaway and Homeless Youth

Eligible applicants should be either a Dutchess County municipality or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, community-based organization with a federal identification number and charity registration number, operating in Dutchess County, and must meet the County’s insurance requirements. Programs will be required 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: Economic Security, Physical and Emotional Health, Education, Citizenship/Civic Engagement, Family and Community.
The Division of Youth Services has scheduled two Grant Workshops for nonprofit agencies and municipalities interested in more information. The workshops are being held at the Dutchess County Emergency Response Center, 392 Creek Road, Poughkeepsie 9 to 11 a.m.: 

•    Tuesday, March 12, 2024
•    Thursday, March 14, 2024

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

Specific funding eligibility requirements are as follows:

Youth Development Programs (YDP): Grants will be awarded to programs for youth up to age 21 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.
Youth Sports and Education Opportunity Funding (YSEF): Grants will be awarded to programs that serve youth under age 18 and aim to foster educational connections and achievement; physical health and well-being; mental health and well-being; employment; and/or community cohesion.

Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY): RHY services are grounded in the Positive Youth Development framework and focus on supporting and developing healthy relationships to enhance youths’ existing strengths and resiliency, while incorporating youth voice and leadership into programming. Residential RHY crisis services programs are certified by OCFS to provide temporary shelter to runaway and homeless youth under age 18. The goal of RHY crisis services programs is to support a safe reunification of youth with their guardians, where appropriate. 

Additional information about the grant eligibility criteria is available on Youth Services’ grant funding webpage.

All 2024-2025 grant applications are due to the Division of Youth Services on or before Thursday, April 11, 2024, by 5 p.m.  

Funding is made available through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. In 2023-2024, 25 programs were awarded more than $294,000 in funding.  The amount of funding will be subject to the availability.