May 11, 2022
OSWEGO COUNTY – The City of Oswego and County Youth Bureau is now accepting applications for funding for programs that provide sports and fitness activities to youth in the county.
Up to $9,458 is available through the Oswego County Youth Bureau and the New York State Office of Child and Family Services (OCFS) for programs that meet state funding guidelines for “sports opportunity funding”.
“This funding is intended to support programs that promote positive youth development,” said Brian Chetney, director of the Oswego City-County Youth Office. “We all know the benefits of healthy physical activities like sport. They help children develop motor skills, prevent obesity and reduce stress. However, these activities are also important for the personal development of young people. They help build their self-esteem, teach goal setting and teamwork, and develop leadership skills.
Eligible programs must serve youth ages 6-17 in Oswego County. They should offer a variety of structured sports activities to a range of young people in disadvantaged communities. The OCFS encourages a flexible definition of “sport” to include activities that emphasize movement, fitness and outdoor engagement – such as dancing, yoga and hiking.
Full proposals must be submitted by Friday, June 10. The Youth Bureau Board will review and evaluate each proposal in terms of cost-effectiveness, impact and measurable results. They will also seek to ensure that each project serves a wide range of young people from different age groups and geographic regions in Oswego County.
Funding decisions and awards will be based on New York State guidelines. Sports Opportunity Funding awards are guided by the following principles:
- Sports can be effective tools for positive youth development and family engagement when programs are well executed and meet quality criteria.
- Sport can improve the lives of young people and have a significant lifelong impact by promoting positive health, social, emotional and educational development.
- Sport offers young people the opportunity to achieve economic success through leadership roles.
- Coach education greatly enhances the sport experience and development of young people.
For more information or to request an application package, contact Tiffany Halstead at [email protected] or call the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau at 315-349-3590.