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Dutchess County Seeks Proposals for Youth Program Funding
Grant workshops set for November 9th & 10th; applications to be submitted through online portal

Published: 11/1/2021

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services’ Division of Youth Services is requesting proposals for youth development services from municipalities and nonprofit, community-based organizations for calendar year January 1st to December 31st, 2022.  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 2022 Dutchess County Youth Board and Coordinating Council Funding Priorities document.  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/trained staff in Positive Youth Development and show how the program addresses one of Dutchess County’s “Path to Promise” domains/value areas. Programs must serve Dutchess County residents up to 21 years of age for calendar year 2022. Eligible applicants should be either a county municipality or a 501(c)(3) non-profit, 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 and have reliable access to email.

The Division of Youth Services has scheduled two grant workshops for nonprofit agencies and municipalities at the Dutchess County Emergency Response Center, located at 392 Creek Road, Poughkeepsie; attendance at one of the following grant workshops is required: 

•    Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 9:00 a.m.—noon. 
•    Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 9:00 a.m.—noon.

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

All grant applications are due to the Division of Youth Services on or before Friday, December 3, 2021 by 5 p.m.  

Funding is made available through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.  In 2021, 21 programs were awarded a total of $371,120 in funding.  The amount of funding will be subject to the availability of annual state appropriations, which have not yet been made.