FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2019
Now Taking Applications for Rondout’s Participatory Budgeting Project Youth Programming Funds
KINGSTON, NY -- Mayor Steve Noble announced in January the projects selected by each business district community allocating funds from the first-ever Participatory Budgeting Project. The Rondout district voted to allot its $15,000 for youth programming, and the City is now taking applications for funding from groups and organizations for new or expanded youth programming and events. Programming and event applications should have a minimum of $500 in funding requests.
Applications can be found online at the City’s website, and must be returned to the Office of Economic and Community Development by Wednesday, May 1 at 3:00pm. There will be a community engagement meeting for comments and public input on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00pm at City Hall. The applications will then be presented to the Community Development Advisory Board, who will award the grant for projects specifically geared toward youth-based programs in the Rondout area.
“The first Participatory Budgeting funds from the Rondout will soon be helping to institute some exciting new programs for the youth in that area, and I can’t wait to see what ideas are put forward,” said Mayor Noble. “This initiative gives residents and business owners in each district a say in how they want to improve their neighborhoods and to voice what is important to their distinct area. We’ll be getting the 2019 Participatory Budgeting voting underway soon.”
Participatory Budgeting is a process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. For the pilot project, $15,000 was set aside for improvements or projects in each business district (Uptown, Midtown and Downtown), for a total investment of $45,000. These funds were generated by revenue received from off-street parking fees. The Mayor has set aside $20,000 for each district in the 2019 Adopted budget towards another round of Participatory Budgeting.
Questions about the application can be addressed to the Office of Economic and Community Development, Brenna Robinson at 845-334-3924 or Amee Peterson at 845-334-3960.
Application link: https://www.kingston-ny.gov/filestorage/8399/8469/8547/Rondout_Youth_Programming_Instructions%2C_Application%2C_Budget.pdf