Youth Bureau Announces Funding Opportunities for 2013

OSWEGO – The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau anticipates having limited funding available for youth development programs in 2013. Not-for-profit organizations have until Nov. 9 to apply for grant funds through the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

“These state grant funds are allocated annually by the Youth Bureau Board of Directors to not-for-profit agencies,” said Youth Bureau Director Kathleen Fenlon.

Three types of programming are available:

Youth Development Delinquency Prevention (YDDP) funds are intended to support services that provide opportunities for positive youth development and help youth attain the developmental assets needed to grow up to be competent, caring and healthy adults. Examples of services provided by YDDP include recreation/cultural, information/referral, character education, after school programs, physical health, youth advocacy, basic life support, social/emotional health, family support, and youth leadership/empowerment.

Special Delinquency Prevention Funds (SDPP) support services that are aimed at keeping youth from becoming involved in the juvenile justice system or being chronically dependent on the human services system.

Mini-grant funds provide activities directly to children and families outside of the regular school day. Funding for mini-grant is limited to $1,000.

“All of these funds are intended to provide positive youth development programs for youth from across Oswego County. In the past two years, the state aid funds have been reduced by 50 percent, so the grant process is highly competitive,” said Fenlon. “The Youth Bureau Board of Directors will carefully consider each proposal to ensure that a large cross section of youth is served from different age groups and geographic areas in the county.”

New applicants must call the youth bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451 and request an application package.

New applicants are also encouraged to schedule an appointment with youth bureau staff prior to completing an application, in order to review the application requirements.

The YDDP, SDPP and mini-grant funding is from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services, and programs supported by this funding cannot charge a fee for participation.

For further information, those interested should contact Brian Chetney at the Youth Bureau at 349-3451 or 1-800-596-3200, ext. 3451.