Youth Agency Seeks Funding Requests for 2023 Youth Sports and Education Programs

October 28, 2022

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau is now accepting applications for funding for programs that provide sports and physical fitness activities to youth in Oswego County. This is the second year that the youth agency has been able to allocate funds to programs that align with NYS Youth Sports and Education Opportunity funding guidelines.

“These funds are provided by the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services,” said Brian Chetney, executive director of the Oswego County Youth Bureau. “The Youth Office Board of Directors will review and evaluate each proposal for cost-effectiveness, impact and measurable results. They will also ensure that each project serves a large cross-section of youth from different age groups and geographic areas in Oswego County.”

Funded programs are needed to provide a variety of structured sports activities to a wide range of Oswego County youth (ages 6 to 17) in resource-poor communities.

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) encourages a broad and flexible definition of sports, including organized activities involving exercise, physical fitness, and outdoor activities such as dance, yoga, and hiking.

Sports opportunity funding awards are guided by the following principles:

Sport is an effective tool for positive youth development and family involvement, if properly implemented through programs and minimum quality measures are met. Sport improves the lives of young people by promoting positive social, emotional, health and educational outcomes and has a significant lifelong impact. Sport provides opportunities for young people to succeed economically through leadership roles. Coaching education significantly improves the sports experience and development results of young people.

A one-page summary is expected on Monday, November 7. Full proposals must be submitted by Wednesday 7 December. Funding decisions and awards will be based on New York State guidelines.

For more information or to submit an application and an application package, contact Tiffany Halstead at tiffany.halstead@oswegocounty.com or call the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 315-349-3590.

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