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More than $700,000 in Non-Profit Funding Announced through County’s New Agency Partner Grant Program
Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro has announced grants totaling $705,200 to be awarded through Dutchess County’s Agency Partner Grant Program to non-profit agencies who provide outcome-based programs in specified service categories. Based on input and analysis from the County’s Health and Human Services Cabinet and the Dutchess County Coalition of Non-Profit Agencies, funding categories for the 2013-14 grant awards are: Economic and Cultural Benefit; Health and Human Service Prevention and Intervention; and Environmental Sustainability.
County Executive Molinaro said, “Our competitive funding mechanism that enables us to address the needs of our community in a focused, logical, fair and inclusive way s. The Agency Partner Grant program is designed to drive better outcomes and ensure a return on investment for county taxpayers.”
The Agency Partner Grant program replaces the 'routine' funding that several non-profits have historically received in the county budget through individual line items. The new grant program received bipartisan approval from the Dutchess County Legislature with the adoption of the 2013 County Budget. The program provides the agility to respond to evolving community needs through a competitive process designed to produce better outcomes and allocate scarce resources more effectively.
Jody Miller, Executive Director of the Mediation Center of Dutchess County and a member of the Dutchess County Coalition of Non-Profits said, “I am very appreciative of the County’s revised process and the County Executive’s willingness to partner with the Dutchess County Coalition of Nonprofits, to identify programs where nonprofit services could help County Government meet new and existing community needs.”
Dutchess County Legislature Minority Leader Barbara Jeter-Jackson, who serves on the Community Development Advisory Committee that reviews the grant applications, said, “The process went very well, particularly for the first year of a new program and we were very pleased with the quality of the applications received. The funded programs will address identified needs in our community in a more effective and efficient manner.”
Programs receiving 2013-14 Agency Partner Grant funding include:
Economic and Cultural Benefit
Health and Human Service Prevention and Intervention
Environmental Sustainability and Services
Jenny Hansell, Executive Director of the Northeast Community Center said, “We are very excited about the County’s support of two of our most significant programs in Eastern Dutchess County. NECC’s nutrition and food-access initiatives aim to bring nutritious and locally grown food to those with the least access to it. The Community Partnership program now has a ten-year track record of providing work skills and experience to teenagers and young adults living in the Webutuck School District.”
The Agency Partner Grant Program is administered on an April 1st to March 31st program year under the direction of the Department of Planning & Development. Applications are reviewed and submitted to the County Executive for final approval by the Community Development Advisory Committee.
Town of Red Hook Supervisor Sue Crane serves as the Chair of the Community Development Committee. Supervisor Crane noted, “The advisory committee was pleased to receive so many applications from a variety of agencies. There were many excellent applications, and the choice was difficult. The 18 programs that received funding will help improve the quality of life for the residents of Dutchess County.”
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