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Agency Partner Grant Program

Planning and Development
Eoin Wrafter, Commissioner



Program Overview
The Agency Partner Grant Program establishes a process by which Dutchess County awards funding to nonprofit agencies based on unmet resident needs and outcomes. Further, this is a comprehensive effort to make the nonprofit funding process more consistent with the County’s federal and state competitive grant processes. Thus, the County will not simply fund contract agencies. Instead it will become a purchaser and consumer of services with its agency partners. The grant program will:

  1. Identify needs and gaps in service;
  2. Cluster those needs and gaps into three categories;
  3. Conduct a competitive grant program so that agencies can apply for the funds allocated; and
  4. Use the existing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) structure to review applications and recommend contracts.

Identifying Needs and Gaps in Service

The Administration, taking into consideration input from the Dutchess County Coalition of Nonprofits as well as the Health and Human Services Cabinet, has identified particular needs and clustered them into three category areas where nonprofit services could help County Government meet community needs in a more effective and efficient manner. The three category areas and needs are:

  1. Economic & Cultural Benefit 
    • Employee Skill Development & Workforce Training
    • Literacy Assistance Support
    • Youth Vocational Assistance
  2. Health & Human Service 
    • Anti-Bullying Awareness & Education
    • Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention & Education
    • Drug Addiction Prevention & Education
    • Elder Abuse Awareness & Education
    • Financial Fitness, Budgeting & Planning
    • Human Trafficking Prevention & Education
    • Nutrition Assistance & Physical Health Education
    • Home-Based Early Childhood Intervention
    • Parent Support Services
    • At-Risk Children & Youth Programs  
    • Poverty & Homeless Assistance
    • Senior Transportation
  3. Environmental & Agricultural Sustainability 
    • Agriculture & Farming Sustainability
    • Greenway Compact & Smart Land Use Policy Development
    • Recycling Education & Promotion

These three categories, and the needs associated with each one, may change from year to year. Agency partners may apply for dollars in more than one category or need area should they possess the ability to address more than one identified community need, but a separate application must be submitted for each category/need.  For a complete description of community needs, click here: APG Category & Needs (.pdf)



2017 Program Information   


Note:  The application should be compatible with Adobe Acrobat Version 7 and above.  To download the current version of Acrobat please visit

If you have any problems accessing the application materials, please contact the Planning Department at (845) 486-3600.


August 1, 2016

APG Application Released

August 9, 2016


Application Workshop at 10:15 a.m., at the Planning Department, 27 High Street, Poughkeepsie.  Please RSVP to the Planning Department at (845) 486-3600.

August 26, 2016





Overview of your activity and a copy of your current insurance documentation (Acord form) is due.  This is optional, but highly recommended, if you are seeking consideration for a variance in the $5 million dollar excess liability insurance requirement.  The Director of Risk Management will review your activity's overview and make a determination regarding insurance requirements, by September 9th.  This will allow your organization to adequately address insurance expenses when preparing your budget for the 2017 APG application.

September 23, 2016

Applications Due by Noon (12:00 p.m.)  The application materials must be sent as an attachment to the email.  *Please note, the County cannot accept zip files, therefore, the files must be attached individually.

October - November 2016

Application Review

December 2016

County Executive Announcement of Awards

January 1, 2017

Start of the 2017 Program Year



Reference Materials

If awarded funding, your agency will need to submit the following on a quarterly basis:

Here are some helpful examples of supporting documents you will be asked to submit along with the quarterly forms listed above:


2017 Program

2016 Program

2015–16 Program

2014–15 Program

2013–2014 Program


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