The Dutchess County Division of Youth Services administers funds for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). There is an annual request for proposals and applications for Youth Development Program (YDP) funding and Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) funding. The program year runs from January 1 to December 31.
Funded programs are selected through a competitive Request for Proposals process. The Dutchess County Youth Board and Coordinating Council are responsible for reviewing, scoring, and making allocation recommendations to the county executive for grant proposals.
Youth Development Program (YDP) funding targets services that promote safety, supportive relationships, and other positive assets by engaging and empowering youth. Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) funding targets youth who need temporary shelter or assistance with independent living skills.
Grant Portal Instructions:
The Dutchess County Grant Portal is open for the 2022 NYS OCFS Grant Application for Youth. Applications are due on Friday, December 3, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. Information on eligibility and how to apply is available in the 2022 NYS OCFS Grant Application Checklist for Dutchess County Youth Services. A mandatory workshop on the application process will be held on Tuesday, November 9 and Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 9 a.m. - noon, at the Dutchess County Emergency Response Center, 392 Creek Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.
Please refer to the 2022 NYS OCFS Grant Application Checklist (.pdf) (.doc) for helpful information regarding the application process Dutchess County Youth Services.
Below is the list of documents needed for funding consideration.
PLEASE NOTE: We are now accepting applications for the 2022 YDP and RHYA funding.
For information about how to apply for 2022 funding, please contact: Doreen E. Clifford, Youth Programs Analyst at firstname.lastname@example.org.