Community Agencies Receive Infrastructure Project Support
with Dutchess County Agency Partner Grant Funds

Six local community agencies have received $200,000 in funding from Dutchess County’s Agency Partner Grant for various infrastructure improvements ranging from technology upgrades to security enhancements, announced Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro. The funding was the second portion of funding added to this year’s Agency Partner Grant program by the Dutchess County Legislature during the 2019 Dutchess County Budget review process to help local community agencies address necessary infrastructure needs to ensure long-term stability. 

County Executive Molinaro said, “Dutchess County’s collaborations with local agencies strengthen our community partnerships and help us provide crucial services for residents. This additional infrastructure funding will enhance security for some of our County’s most vulnerable residents, assist several organizations best serve residents, and better assist the homeless and victims of domestic violence. Our grant program complements the many Dutchess County initiatives that continue to serve our residents’ needs.”

Dutchess County Legislator Tom Keith, who sponsored the budget amendment for the funding, said, “While countless agencies address critical needs throughout Dutchess County, grant support often only applies to their direct programming needs, often leaving the agency’s and staff’s dire needs unfulfilled. This added round of Agency Partner Grant funding will provide our partners the technology improvements, safety enhancements and infrastructure upgrades to enable them to more efficiently serve the community’s needs, benefiting each resident they serve.”

The following agencies received Dutchess County Agency Partner Grant program awards for infrastructure projects:

The Art Effect

$18,000 grant award for technology upgrades, including computers, upgrades to the agency’s online registration platform, and training of the database management system to help optimize administration, fundraising, and reporting practices.

Family Services, Inc.

$109,200 grant award for security services upgrades to promote the safety and security of the people who utilize the health and human service, education programs, prevention programs, and more housed at the Family Partnership Center.  

Grace Smith House

$31,520 grant award for security cameras and other safety upgrades at various facilities to enhance safety for victims of domestic violence and staff. 

Hudson River Housing

$30,660 grant award for a 15-passenger van used to transport guests to the shelter, as well as an energy efficient commercial washer and lockers to secure shelter guest’s possessions.

NAMI Mid-Hudson

$7,900 grant award to support the agency’s technology needs, including new computer tools, to enhance the agency’s mission and ability to provide education, support and resources to those living with mental health conditions.  

Poughkeepsie Farm Project

$2,720 grant award for hardware and software technology upgrades to enable staff  to efficiently meet operational and programmatic needs.

The Agency Partner Grant (APG) Program is a grant program for Dutchess County non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation. Funding is awarded to organizations on a competitive basis based on ability to demonstrate they can fulfill an unmet community need. Funding is typically awarded on a biennial basis, unless additional funds become available. Applications for the upcoming grant cycle will be available in August. Newly funded programs will have a contract date that begins on January 1, 2020. Read additional information about the APG program online.