Picente: Youth Bureau Seeks Grant Applications for 2013 To Operate High-Quality Youth Programs

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr .today announced that the Oneida County Youth Bureau is accepting proposals from interested non-profit organizations that would like the opportunity to provide youth-oriented programs that offer delinquency prevention, recreation and positive youth development opportunities during 2013.

“The young people of our communities are our future. The Oneida County Youth Bureau has the responsibility to allocate funding from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services in ways that will best meet the needs we have identified locally,” Picente said. “This annual opportunity to request funding allows new agencies to seek funding for new programs, and allows agencies that have been operating successful programs to continue their fine work.”

Three categories of funding are available:

  • The Special Delinquency Development Program is for youth with specific needs to prevent involvement or repeated involvement with the juvenile justice system. These funds do not require an agency to match funding with its own resources.
  • The Youth Development Delinquency Prevention Program funding supports recreational and other youth service initiatives. These funds require a 50% cash match from the agency seeking funding.
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Funding provides crisis and transitional living services. A 40% agency match is required.
  • Proposals are due no later than 4 PM on Friday, August 10, 2012.

“Oneida County has many outstanding organizations that can provide quality services for our youth,” said Youth Bureau Director Robert Roth. “The Youth Bureau looks forward to working with these agencies to serve our youth.”

Programs that are funded must meet guidelines established by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. This year all guidelines, forms and documents required to submit a proposal in accordance with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and Oneida County, can be accessed on-line at www.ocgov.net and click on the Youth Bureau website. Technical assistance for bidders needing aid in this process is available by calling Tom Giruzzi at 798-5027. The Youth Bureau is located in Utica at the Oneida County Office Building, 800 Park Avenue on the 2nd floor.