Poughkeepsie, NY … Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro today announced the latest round of grants, totaling $ 263,580, under the County Program Learn, play, create: Support our children grant program to fund 15 projects to local non-profit organizations that directly benefit children and families.
Announced in June as part of the “Dutchess Invests,” the county executive’s initiative to allocate $ 57 million in one-time funding to Dutchess County through the Federal Government’s US Rescue Plan (ARP) in areas that the community has recognized as priorities, Learn, play, create The grants program provides $ 3 million in one-time grants to local nonprofit youth organizations in expanded learning categories – arts, libraries and sports – who have been deprived of a year of fundraising or funding. participation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
County Executive Molinaro said, “Our children have missed so much over the past 20 months, and Dutchess County is proud to offer Learn, play, create as a way to help our children recover some of what the pandemic has stolen from them. The investments we make today in our children not only help them overcome recent losses, but also ensure their continued development, helping them grow into successful young adults. Together, Dutchess County will continue to make a real impact on the lives of our children and invest in our future. I encourage youth organizations and libraries affected by the pandemic to apply! “
Learn, Play, Create: Support Our Children Award ($ 263,580 in total)
BSA Troop 3055, (Pleasant Valley) $ 7,000
Trailer purchase – Purchase a trailer to help with the Scout Race Bottle and can pick up the drive as well as to transport equipment for Scouting activities.
Dutchess County SPCA, (Hyde Park) $ 20,000
Improved facilities for youth education programs – Reconstruction of playgrounds and kennels; renovation of interior spaces for children’s programs.
Dutchess Land Conservancy, (Millbrook) $ 10,000
Kids’ nature exploration backpacks for public libraries – Buy backpacks full of resources needed to explore the outdoors (i.e. field guides, mosquito nets) to donate to all public libraries in Dutchess County.
Fall Kill Creative Works, (Town of Poughkeepsie) $ 10,000
Youth and family days of engraving and weaving – Buy an engraving press and engraving supplies; purchase and installation of a sink for engraving; looms and supplies for teaching weaving; signs and promotional materials.
Friends of Spookhill Park, (Wappinger) $ 20,000
GreenTherapy Initiative – Buy art and craft materials; various outdoor equipment, such as frisbees, cornhole throwing, bean bags, water guns and other therapeutic accessories; transport and lunch for participants.
Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminars of New York, Inc., (Fishkill) $ 2,500
Leadership training for high school students – Supplies to organize a leadership workshop for ninth grade students and a weekend program for second year students; the funding will offset the costs, allowing the organization to reduce the costs of the program, allowing all families to participate.
James’s Warriors, (East Fishkill) $ 20,000
Nobody walks alone – Offer free presentations to young people who initiate conversations about mental health awareness; provide young people with tangible items to help with stress management, such as stress balls, t-shirts, newspapers, coping kits and pocket resource cards.
Mid Hudson Aquatics, Inc., (Poughkeepsie) $ 20,000
Communities win when kids go swimming – The funds will be applied to the registration fee to participate in the swimming lessons and / or the swim team.
Morton Memorial Library and Community House, (Rhinebeck) $ 50,000
Maker spaces and children’s chess club – Purchase supplies, furniture and equipment for the interior manufacturing space; purchase signage, outdoor equipment and seating, plantings for new outdoor garden space; cover the transportation costs for the chess trip to eliminate the cost for families.
New York Elite Volleyball, (Poughkeepsie) $ 20,000
Equipment replacement and cost reduction – Replace volleyballs and reduce costs for participants.
Northern Dutchess Raiders (Pine Plains) $ 14,080
Team equipment, uniforms and signage – Purchase job-specific uniforms and safety gear for the cheering and football teams, as well as updated signage for the program to advertise in and around the community and during matches to to encourage the participation of athletes.
Pawling Little League, (Pawling) $ 10,000
Facility upgrades – Purchase supplies for the league, including new clay for the courts; repair storage sheds and maintain fields.
Pawling Youth Hockey (Pawling) $ 20,000
Uniforms and equipment – Buy uniforms, skill development materials to improve skating, stick handling, shooting and awareness.
Poughkeepsie City Striders Track Club, (Town of Poughkeepsie) $ 20,000
Scholarships for children – Buy equipment; pay competition fees, uniforms and bus rental to get to meetings.
Presidents Football Boosters, Inc., (Hyde Park) $ 20,000
Football equipment and expenses – Support the costs of equipment, uniforms and protective gear, college sports applications, filming, camp fees and coach training; purchase drinks, coolers, shade tents and other supplies for the field; Personal protective equipment related to COVID.
Gregg Pulver, Speaker of the Dutchess County Legislature, said: “Our children are our next generation, and Dutchess County is proud to invest in our children’s future to help them recover from all that is happening. ‘they lost as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. . Those Learn, play, create The scholarships will provide countless children in our country with the opportunities they need to continue to thrive. “
At its June board meeting, the Dutchess County Legislature passed the Learn, play, create: Support our children scholarship program, within the framework of the “Dutchess Invests” initiative.
Lawmaker Deirdre Houston said: “Learn, play, create the grants have a big impact on our young people whose lives have been turned upside down by this pandemic. Those of us who voted for this vital program predicted its success months ago, and I thank County Director Molinaro for his careful planning in introducing an initiative that will help our children’s development for years to come. . “
Funding is available in the form of grants of up to $ 20,000 for youth-serving organizations that promote learning, artistic enrichment and athletic activities for specific purchases or needs, including equipment, supplies or other one-time expenses to help improve program offerings, as well as make the program more accessible to families. Libraries are eligible for purchases or needs up to $ 50,000.
The application period for the Learn, play, create: Support our children the grant program is ongoing on a first come, first served basis, based on eligibility; application instructions and advice are available online. All applications will be reviewed for eligibility by the Planning and Development Department with final approval of funding by the county executive. Entries continue to be reviewed as they are received, and additional awards will be announced in the coming weeks.
School districts, private and religious schools, including school affiliated clubs and / or programs, as well as municipal funded / sponsored departments or clubs are not eligible because school districts, private and religious schools and municipalities are eligible to receive US Rescue Plan Fund.
This press release was produced by the Dutchess County Government. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.