CHEMUNG COUNTY, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Chemung County Youth Bureau is looking to fund team sports for underserved youth in the area.  Grants of up to $50,000 are available for qualifying organizations.  The funding is through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and the Chemung County Youth Bureau.  

"We're looking to get this money out to local sports organizations, community based organizations for benefitting the youth in our community," said David Ellis, the executive director of the Chemung County Youth Bureau.

Ellis says community based organizations, non-profits, and local and municipal sports can apply for the grant.  The funding could go towards new equipment, facilities, uniforms, paying coaches, or making the overall experience better for the kids.  Funding is given based on educational connection, physical and mental health and well being, employment, and community cohesion of the programs.

"We have a lot of great sports organizations that are mainly run by volunteers, and a lot of those organizations rely on support from local businesses and others. I think getting some state and county support will help make these programs even better, so I think we're just looking to see them continue to do great things," added Ellis.

The Chemung County Youth Bureau works to advocate for the youth in the community, and provide positive recreational development for the children and families.

"The Youth Bureau provides opportunities and programs to help the youth in our community thrive, trying to empower the youth in our community and help families, provide good programs and funding opportunities for community based agencies," said Ellis.

Once applications are submitted, they will be reviewed to see if they fit the guidelines, and serve a large variety of kids from Chemung County.  More information can be found on the Chemung County Youth Bureau's website, here.