Dutchess funds youth summer programs, sports equipment, camping with grant program

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Dutchess County is funding Boy Scouts equipment, summer educational programs, youth sports training and outdoor sensory programs, other items and services, with the second third of its Learn, Play, Create grants budgeted for 2022.

The program, which the county established using American Rescue Plan funding last year and is continuing with $1 million in budget funds this year, provides money toward community organizations seeking to support children’s activities and enrichment. The maximum award is $20,000 per group.

Last year, $3 million in ARP funds were allocated to 147 projects.

This week, the county announced the second list of recipients for this year, 20 groups that are splitting $328,740. Previously, the county announced 21 grants totaling $362,250.

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According to the Dutchess County Executive’s Office, five youth sports groups in the second round received the maximum:

∎ skills clinics, training and equipment for Putnam Hockey Association players based in Pawling;

∎ bows and targets for the Ti-Yogi Bowmen youth archery club;

∎ a scoreboard, equipment and field maintenance equipment for the Taconic Little League;

∎ Beacon Junior Baseball uniforms, equipment and improvements for concession stands;

∎ equipment, uniforms, skills clinics and dues for players on the Dutchess Debs 12-and-under softball team.

Five scout organizations split $80,000, including:

∎ Boy Scout troops in the towns of Poughkeepsie, East Fishkill, Dover and Pawling received funding to purchase or replace camping and cooking supplies; troop No. 3040 in East Fishkill plans to buy tools and materials to build new sheds to keep its camping gear;

∎ the Venture Crew No. 3609 Hudson Valley Council Boy Scouts of America Band based in East Fishkill plans to purchase instruments, music and insurance, and to offset registration fees;

∎ the Smith Johnson Scout Reservation in Pawling, which serves both boy and girl scouts, is making various safety improvements.

Five other groups receive the maximum award:

Community Matters 2 in the City of Poughkeepsie will invest in equipment for its summer program, ranging from Chromebooks and iPads, to workbooks and pencils, to sports equipment and STEM activities.

Also in the city, The Revolving Door’s youth mentorship and apprenticeship program is using the funds on materials like workbooks, uniforms, food and venue rental fees.

In the Town of Poughkeepsie, Friends of Peach Hill is creating an outdoor classroom and a small pavilion with whiteboards for year-round learning.

Mount Gulian Society in Fishkill plans to purchase a shed for keeping its youth history program materials.

The Hyde Park Visual Environmental Committee creating a sensory pollinator demonstration garden at Staatsburg Library to serve children with special needs.

This article originally appeared on Poughkeepsie Journal: Dutchess Learn, Play, Create grants fund sports teams, camping