More Dutchess Learn, Play, Create Grant awards

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Youth sports programs receive funding. File photo.

POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro has announced the latest round of grant awards, totaling $275,000, as part of the county’s Learn, Play, Create: Supporting Our Kids grant program to fund 12 projects to local non-profit organizations that directly benefit children and families.

 Learn, Play, Create: Supporting Our Kids awards ($275,000 Total)

Amenia Free Library Association, $50,000 

Future Youth Programming – Purchase flexible tables and seating, performers related to the library’s youth programming, a moveable whiteboard, a large flat-screen television, programming supplies and equipment. 

 Bardavon 1869 Opera House, $20,000 

Field-Trip Fund – Underwrite busing, transportation and ticket fees for more than 6,000 students to attend live shows; will subsidize technical support, outreach and artist fees should the need arise to return to solely virtual performances.  

 Cappella Festiva, $10,000 

Music Education: Choral Singing for Children & Youth – Support all of youth choral group’s programs, resulting in reduced fees for families; one-time expenses include music scores, licensing, art materials, performance t-shirts, bus transportation, supplies, computers and equipment. 

 Hyde Park Presidents, Inc., $20,000  

Football and Cheer Equipment and Supplies – Field use, storage unit to protect equipment, new concussion protocol helmets with face shields, shoulder pads, insurance and personal protective equipment. 

 Lagrange Youth Baseball/Softball, $20,000 

Complex Improvements – Safety upgrades and repairs to the existing fencing, dugouts, and electrical and irrigation systems at its seven-field complex.  

 Northeast Community Council, Inc., $20,000 

Summer Camp for Rural Youth – Funds will be used for 50 camp scholarships; summer camp supplies such as arts, crafts and other learning materials; promotional materials; and transportation using NECC vehicles. 

 Pine Plains Free Library, $50,000 

Creation of Creative Youth STEAM Spaces – Purchase flexible and growable plans, furniture, equipment, supplies, and materials to expand underutilized spaces into modern creativity areas for youth and teens, including technology such as computers, laptops and tablets for check-out. 

 Poughkeepsie Youth Football and Cheer, $20,000 

Back to the Field – Purchase training equipment (tackling sleds, footballs, helmets, shoulder pads, cleats, tackling dummies and field training equipment); pay the player fee for any and all in financial need. 

 Sports Museum of Dutchess County, $20,000 

Preserving Stories, Creating New “Legends” for the Next Generation – Develop tour programming for youth; improving ThinkDIFFERENTLY tours; purchase materials for creating new youth-oriented displays, new computers, desks, shelving in the library for student research; improved internet access.  

 Stringendo, $20,000 

Keeping the Music Going – Workshops, guest musicians, retreat gatherings to learn music, classes for new students, camera equipment and computers to capture and edit video coverage of musical events, strings, instruments and bows for students in need and music stands. 

 The Art Effect, $20,000 

Essential Equipment Upgrades for Youth Arts and Media Programs – Purchase 10 iPad Airs with accessories and AppleCare, and 10 iPencils to be used across all The Art Effect’s programs; seven MacBook Air computers to be primarily used in The Art Effect’s youth workforce development programs. 

 Uniquely Made Children Corp, $5,000 

Get Excited for School – One-time back-to-school event, including rental space, games, bounce house rental, food and beverages; purchase school supplies (backpacks, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons, masks).