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NYS Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS) Grant Funding

The Dutchess County Division of Youth Services administers funds for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Youth Services is requesting proposals and applications for Youth Development Program (YDP) funding and Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) funding. The program year runs from October 1, 2023 through September 30, 2024 (2023-2024). 

Funded programs are selected through a competitive request for proposals process. The Dutchess County Youth Board and Coordinating Council is 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. 

  For 2023-2024, will continue with our online grant proposal submission process.  Applications will ONLY be accepted through the Dutchess County Grant Portal.

Grant Portal Instructions:

  1. Use this link to navigate to the Dutchess County Grant Portal where you can login to an existing account or create a new account:

  2. Please only create one account per organization. You should consider using your organization’s general email and a shared password to be used by anyone within your organization who might work on an application within the grant portal, now or in the future.

  3. Once at the Logon Page, follow instructions to “logon” or “create new account.”

  4. After successfully creating an account, you will be brought to the “Apply” page where you can click on the “Apply” button that will bring you to the grant application. 
  5. Once you begin an application, it will be saved as a draft. You can re-enter the portal any time prior to the submission deadline to complete the application.

2023-2024 Youth Development Program and Runaway and Homeless Youth Program application process

The Dutchess County Grant Portal will open for the 2023-2024 NYS OCFS Grant Application for YDP and RHYA funding on Monday, March 9, 2023. Applications are due by Tuesday, March 30, 2023 by 5:00 pm.  Information on eligibility and how to apply is available in the 2023 NYS OCFS Grant Application Checklist for Dutchess County Youth Services

Please refer to the 2023 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: Applications for the 2023-2024 YDP and RHYA funding will be accepted starting Monday, March 6, 2023.

For information about how to apply for 2023-2024 funding, please contact: Doreen E. Clifford, Youth Programs Analyst at