Having great programs available for the kids in our communities makes a big difference in helping them feel confident and successful, as well as giving them a voice. Funding, however, isn’t always easy to come by, but Ulster County is ready to help. According to the Office of the Ulster County Executive, Mike Hein, the Ulster County Youth Bureau is now accepting requests for applications for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Youth Development grants.

While amounts for this year have yet to be determined, agencies and municipalities in need of funding are encouraged to apply. In order to be eligible, agencies must be not-for-profit or community-based organizations with federal identification or charities registration numbers.

These monies can be used to either help create new programs or to keep existing programs going so that they can serve even more kids and families. The applications must be submitted online and are due earlier this year, by Friday, February 5. Click here for forms.

If you need more information, call the Ulster County Youth Bureau at (845) 334-5264 and pass the word along to your favorite youth organization.

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