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CNY Community Foundation announces nearly $300K in grants to area nonprofits

By Journal Staff


Community Foundation LogoSYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Central New York Community Foundation announced Tuesday it has recently awarded $288,319 in grants to nonprofit agencies and programs in the fields of arts & culture, education, environment and animals, human services, and public and societal benefit. The grant recipients are as follows, as spelled out in a Community Foundation news release:

  • Believe in Syracuse received $5,000 to support its ongoing Reading is Fun Block Party and Community & Caring programs. Both programs provide necessities to those living in poverty and encourage civic engagement in various neighborhoods throughout the city of Syracuse.
  • Catholic Charities was granted $30,000 to maintain programming that provides initial resettlement services for refugees to help families adjust to life in Central New York.
  • Clear Path for Veterans received $9,500 to support its Dogs2Vets program, which provides veterans who are diagnosed with PTS/MST with a service or emotional support canine. Through the relationship with a canine partner, veterans can learn to focus on social engagement, positive outlooks, and building trust.
  • Early Childhood Alliance was allocated $50,000 to develop and implement several initiatives that seek to enhance early childhood education and wellness.
  • Interfaith Works received $30,000 to maintain programming that address the needs of refugees and provides them with resettlement services.
  • North Side Learning Center was granted $15,000 to launch Empowering Newcomers, a 24-week computer navigation and training program for New Americans. The training will introduce adults to Internet use that will help enable them to independently seek information and resources as they gain English-language skills.
  • Onondaga Community College Foundation received $100,000 to fund Say Yes to Education’s Summer Success Academy, a 5-week bridge program for Syracuse City School District graduates preparing to enroll in Onondaga Community College.
  • St. Joseph’s Health Foundation was allocated $15,194 to purchase two Spot Vision Screeners that will enhance early detection and treatment of amblyopia risk factors in young children.
  • The Haven at Skanda received $1,300 to build mobile duck houses that will protect endangered Magpie ducks and equine animals. The houses will improve the health of Magpie ducks and support the growth of its species.
  • Skaneateles Festival was granted $6,000 to support its 2017 season. The festival brings together musicians from all over Central New York to provide creative concert programming, education, and outreach.
  • Society for New Music received $6,000 to launch the Composer-in-Residence program that will provide band and orchestra students at Henninger High School with mentors to help them create music.
  • The Upstate Foundation was allocated $20,325 to conduct workshops for children with disabilities and co-occurring vision or hearing loss. The workshops will provide these children and their families with the skills to participate actively and independently in their communities and homes. In addition, Halo Sleep Sacks and Pack-N-Play Cribs will be provided at no cost to new mothers after receiving Safe Sleep training.


These grants were awarded by the following field-of-interest funds, administered by the Community Foundation: Shirley M. Aubrey Fund, Community Fund, Community Indicators Fund, J. Henry & Martha E. Deboer Fund, Mary Louise Dunn Fund, Future Fund, HOPE Fund, Tiny Rubenstein Animal Welfare Fund, Martha Fund, John F. Marsellus Fund, James & Aileen Miller Charitable Fund, NEWS Fund, J. Daniel and Diane Pluff Fund, Say Yes Program Fund, Dorothy R. Shoudy Memorial Hearing Impaired Fund, Syracuse SIDS Prevention Fund, and Spanfelner Fund.

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation says it encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.


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