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4/16/2013 - 2013 – 2015 Youth Service Bureau Grant R.F.P.

Please be advised that the City of Bridgeport is accepting proposals for funding under the 2013-2015 Youth Service Bureau Grant Program.  A  copy of the RFP is attached along with information on two (2) technical assistance workshops:

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 10 a.m. City Hall – Wheeler A & B
Monday, April 22, 2013 – 3 p.m. City Hall – Wheeler A & B
City Hall is located at 45 Lyon Terrace, Bridgeport, CT.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend one of the technical assistance workshops so that we can plan accordingly.  Thank you.

For additional information, please feel free to contact Tammy Papa via email or at (203) 576-7110 or Tammy Papa at or (203) 576-7252.

The City of Bridgeport is soliciting proposals for funding under the 2013 – 2015 Youth Service Bureau Grant, YSB Enhancement Grant and municipal match.  Approximately $85,000/year will be allocated for programs serving Bridgeport youth, up to age 18.  Applicants can apply for up to $20,000/year. Programs will be funded for year 1 and will be reviewed for continued funding for year 2 based on 1) the agency’s ability to carry out initiatives and activities in a timely manner as specified in their proposals and 2) receipt of funds from YSB state and federal funding sources. 

The Bridgeport Youth Service Bureau (YSB) receives two annual grants from the State Department of Education to fund direct service programs which address the above mentioned categories. The direct service programs are matched with City of Bridgeport Community Development Block Grant funds. Programs selected for funding may receive a combination of these funds and will be required to complete all required program reports.

Programs must address one or more of the following categories:

Juvenile Justice

Services that respond to youth who are, or could potentially be, in contact with the juvenile-justice system. 

Examples include juvenile-review boards, alternative-sanction programs, detention/suspension/expulsion programs, court advocacy, court-ordered community-service programs, truancy programs, and diversion programs.

Mental Health Services

Services that respond to youth and families who are experiencing emotional distress. 

Sessions for youth up to age 18

Parent/Guardian sessions

Examples include mental-health counseling for individuals, families, or groups, as well as crisis intervention, host homes, information and referral services, and case management.

Child Welfare

Services that respond to identified youth and families who are having difficulty in maintaining a supportive family environment.
Examples include programs that help reduce abuse and neglect, such as information and referral services, therapeutic playgroups, supervised visitation, family-reunification programs, social-service activities, and holiday-giving programs.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Programs that promote pregnancy prevention among young people.

Parent Education

Services that promote positive parenting skills and support families in their efforts to raise healthy children.


Examples include parent-child interactive playgroups, parent education, and parent-support groups.

Youth Development

Programs and services that promote the personal well-being of youth for the purposes of (1) meeting basic needs, (2) building skills and competencies that allow youth to function and contribute in their daily lives, and (3) connecting youth with their families, peers, school, and community.

Examples include peer-to-peer programs, employment training, mentoring, after-school programming, teen centers, dances, adventure-based activities, youth-adult partnership programs, information dissemination, prevention programs that address issues such as truancy, violence, and substance abuse, and drug-free alternative activities.

Community Outreach

Services and activities that support children and youth and strengthen families by reconnecting people of all generations and backgrounds to the community in which they live.  This leads to the building of a sense of connectedness and empowerment to bring about positive social change.  These are usually one-time events.

Examples include intergenerational activities, family events, annual events/holiday festivals, sports, dances, family day celebrations, trips, theatrical productions, and cultural activities.

For more information and the complete application, see the RFP.