Skip to main content

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

The 2024-2025 YDP and YSEF grant funding portal is now closed.

County Seeks Proposals for October 1, 2024 - September 30, 2025 grant cycle.

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 Programming (YDP), Youth Sports and Education (YSEF) programming, and Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) funding. The program year runs from October 1, 2024, through September 30, 2025 (2024-2025).

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. 

Program funding will be awarded in the following three categories:

Youth Development Programs (YDP): 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.

Positive youth development programs strengthen young people’s sense of identity, belief in the future, self-regulation, and self-efficacy as well as their social, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral competence. Youth Development Program (YDP) funding targets services that promote safety, supportive relationships, and other positive assets by engaging and empowering youth.

Programs will be expected to:

  • Serve Dutchess County youth up to 21 years of age during the program year October 1, 2024—September 30, 2025.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and have staff trained in Positive Youth Development. Positive Youth Center Website.
  • Demonstrate basic competency in the areas of governance, monitoring and evaluation, partnership, and financial stewardship.
  • Collect registration data, including participant demographic information as required by OCFS in a manner that allows for accurate reporting of anonymized aggregate data.

Youth Sports and Education Opportunity Funding (YSEF): Grants in the amount of $5,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to programs that aim to foster educational connections and achievement; physical health and well-being; mental health and well-being; employment; and/or community cohesion. To be eligible for YSEF funding, programs must also meet the following criteria:

  • Provide structured sports activities for Dutchess County youth ages 6-17 during the program year October 1, 2024—September 30, 2025
  • Demonstrate basic competency in the areas of governance, monitoring and evaluation, partnership, and financial stewardship.
  • Have a child protection policy in place that includes adherence to local city, agency, school district, and state child protections guidelines.
  • Collect registration data, including participant demographic information as required by OCFS in a manner that allows for accurate reporting of anonymized aggregate data.

Agencies must use the following required OCFS Life Area and Services, Opportunities, and Supports (SOS) elections:

  • Life area: 2PEH Physical and Emotional Health
  • SOS: 0232 Year-round/seasonal activities
  • Performance measures:
    • How much: 0232A.1—Number of youth participating (unduplicated)
    • How Well: 0232B.4—Percent of youth completing the program
    • Better Off: 0232C.1—Number and percent reporting they have improved their ability to socialize/interact with peers/family /other members of the community.

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.

   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: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=dc

  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.

2024-2025 Youth Grant Application Process

The Dutchess County Grant Portal will open on Thursday, March 14, 2024. Applications are due by Thursday, April 11, 2024 by 5:00 pm. Information on eligibility and how to apply is available in the NYS OCFS Grant Application Checklist for Dutchess County Youth Services

Please refer to the NYS OCFS Grant Application Checklist (.pdf) (.doc) for helpful information regarding the application process. 

Below is the list of documents needed for funding consideration.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for the 2024-2025 YDP, YSEF, and RHY funding will be accepted starting Thursday, March 14, 2024.

For information about how to apply for 2024-2025 YDP, RHYA and YSEF funding please contact:
Doreen E. Clifford, Youth Programs Analyst at  doreen.clifford@dfa.state.ny.us.