City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison announced today that the city has released the application and guidelines for the 2021 Youth Activities & Opportunities Program.
The awards assist local non-profit organizations by providing funding to support clubs and leagues, other activities and educational initiatives. These programs have allowed Poughkeepsie youth to participate in community-based programs that emphasize active lifestyles, provide creative outlets, and build long-lasting relationships.
The program has allocated more than $500,000 for these endeavors since its inception in 2018.
“This program is extremely popular and beneficial to the community,” said Mayor Rolison. “Despite the financial hurdles we have faced with COVID-19 and other challenges, providing funds for these activities is essential and will continue to be a priority.”
Among the recipients have been the City of Poughkeepsie Youth Baseball, Basketball and Football leagues; The Art Effect; Bardavon 1869 Opera House; Barrett Art Center; The Black and Latino Coalition; Cocoon Theatre; Community Matters 2; Family Services, Inc.; Hudson River Housing; Mental Health America Dutchess County; Mid-Hudson Aquatics; Mid-Hudson Heritage Center; Mid-Hudson Civic Center Skate Program; National Black Child Development Institute; Nubian Directions II, Inc.; REAL Skills Network; Rebuilding Our Children and Community, Inc. and others.
Guidelines and COVID-19-related requirements also have been implemented by the city. To be eligible for funding, organizations must have policies and procedures in place to appropriately operate under the mandated State COVID 19 orders.
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 at cityofpoughkeepsie.com/commdev/.
Applications must be submitted by February 26, 2021 either via email to [email protected] or to the following address: City of Poughkeepsie, Office of Social Development, 62 Civic Center Plaza.