The nine-member Common Council has unanimously adopted a mid-year budget amendment which expands funding for youth services in the City of Poughkeepsie, Mayor Rob Rolison announced.
The Youth Activities & Opportunities Program was established in 2018. The awards assist local non-profit organizations by providing funding to support clubs and leagues as well as various summer and educational programs. The budget amendment makes an additional $100,000 available immediately to eligible organizations that provide positive, creative and healthy programs and activities for children.
Mayor Rolison said, “There is a robust dialogue within the community today around the potential uses for the former YMCA property on Montgomery Street, which was a haven of vibrant youth activities in the City for many years. While that process is ongoing, we must at the same time continue to rebuild programmatic funding streams, support our non-profit partners and engage with all city stakeholders in order to assure improved access to youth programs citywide.”
Finance Committee Chairwoman Natasha Cherry (D-6th Ward) said, “Every small step we take with our children builds better outcomes for them, for our families, and for our entire community. There is tremendous volunteerism going on in the City today and these grants magnify the impact of all those who give their time in support of these programs.”
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Social Development at (845) 451-4046 for further information or to discuss program eligibility. The application form can be found here: http://cityofpoughkeepsie.com/commdev/
Applications will be accepted through October 15, 2019, or until funds are exhausted.