Picente: Youth Bureau Seeks Grant Applications To Operate High-Quality Youth Programs In 2011

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr . today announced that the Oneida County Youth Bureau is accepting proposals from non-profit organizations seeking funding to provide youth-oriented programs that offer delinquency prevention, recreation and positive youth development opportunities during 2011.

“The youth of our community are our future. The Oneida County Youth Bureau allocates our share of 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 allows new agencies to seek funding, 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 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, July 23rd. 
“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 must meet guidelines established by the State Office of Children and Family Services. Prospective respondents can request form or get answers to questions by contacting Barbara Gibbs of the Youth Bureau at 798-5670. Youth Bureau staff will provide technical assistance for any bidders needing aid with this process. The Youth Bureau is located at the Paul Building, 209 Elizabeth St., Utica, on the Third Floor.