City of Poughkeepsie publishes app, program guidelines for youth activities and opportunities


POUGHKEEPSIE – The City of Poughkeepsie has released the 2021 Youth Activities and Opportunities Program Application and Guidelines for 2021.

The awards help local nonprofit organizations by providing funds to support clubs and leagues, other activities and educational initiatives.

These programs have enabled the youth of Poughkeepsie to participate in community-based programs that emphasize active lifestyles, provide creative outlets and build lasting relationships.

The program has allocated more than $ 500,000 to these efforts since its inception in 2018.

“This program is extremely popular and beneficial to the community,” said Mayor Rob Rolison. “Despite the financial hurdles we have faced with COVID-19 and other challenges, providing funds for these activities is essential and will continue to be a priority.”

Among the recipients were the Poughkeepsie Town Youth Baseball, Basketball and Football Leagues; The artistic effect; Opera Bardavon 1869; Barrett Art Center; The Black and Latino Coalition; Cocoon Theater; Community affairs 2; Family Services, Inc.; Hudson River Housing; Dutchess County Mental Health America; Mid-Hudson Aquatic; Mid-Hudson Heritage Center; Mid-Hudson Civic Center skating program; National Institute for the Development of the Black Child; Nubian Directions II, Inc.; Real skills network; and others.

COVID-19 guidelines and requirements have also been implemented by the city. To be eligible for funding, organizations must have policies and procedures in place to function appropriately under state mandatory COVID 19 orders.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Social Development at (845) 451-4046 for more information or to discuss program eligibility. The request form is available on

Applications should be submitted by February 26, 2021, either by email to or to: City of Poughkeepsie, Office of Social Development, 62 Civic Center Plaza.

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