UPDATE: Funding Available for Youth Team Sports


The Suffolk County Youth Bureau is accepting applications from nonprofit, community-based organizations to fund programs that provide youth team sports  in Suffolk County.

YTS is a new funding system to support team sports for underserved youth. The deadline to apply has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday.

Applications for the Suffolk County Team Sports Grant program may not exceed $25,000. Funding will be provided by the Suffolk County Youth Bureau via the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

“In Suffolk County, we are committed to providing quality programming that ensures equal opportunities and full participation for all students,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone“This new grant funding helps to ensure that vital programs that provide our youth with opportunities to further develop life-skills through collaboration and teamwork continue in our communities.”

The Suffolk County Youth Bureau will review and evaluate each proposal for cost-effectiveness, impact, and measurable outcomes. Funding decisions and awards will be based on state guidelines.

The bureau will also look to ensure each project serves a cross-section of youth from different age groups, including but not limited to, youth that are differently abled, youth from historically under-resourced communities or geographic areas in Suffolk County.

Funding decisions will be guided by the following principles:

•    Educational Connection and Achievement
•    Physical Health
•    Mental Health and Well-Being
•    Community Cohesion

Organizations are encouraged to review the FAQs available on the Suffolk County Youth Bureau web page. A question and answer session is scheduled Thursday  at: https://events.gcc.teams.microsoft.com/event/9ac91047-4760-4f79-a7b5-f81732ab27b3@777c2bb5-1aa7-4d21-9f85-352ff5c91eec.

For more information on the Suffolk County Team Sports Grant program, contact the Suffolk County Youth Bureau at SCOfficeofYouthServices@suffolkcountyny.gov or call 631-853-3268.

Story originally published on Dec.7.

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