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Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties awards over $1.1M in grants

By Journal Staff


Cats and kittens relax and play in the cat room at the Herkimer County Humane Society. The Society was one of the recipients of grants from the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties’ donor-advised funds in the second quarter. (PHOTO CREDIT: Nancy L. Ford Photography)

UTICA — The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties announced that in this year’s second quarter it awarded grants totaling more than $507,000 to 22 nonprofit organizations through its competitive grants process. 

In addition to competitive grants, the foundation’s donor-advised funds awarded 98 grants in the second quarter totaling nearly $633,000 to 72 organizations. So, the total amount awarded from both grant programs exceeded $1.1 million.

Competitive grants are awarded to local nonprofits to support projects and initiatives, primarily within the foundation’s strategic investment areas of education, economic development, health and wellness, and arts and culture.

The following organizations were awarded competitive grants:

• American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO) – Utica Region — $2,500 to replace soccer goals and nets

• City of Little Falls — $6,000 for new playground equipment for the city pool playground

• City of Rome — $100,000 to support paving expenses associated with the downtown pedestrian art plaza construction

• City of Sherrill — $5,000 to install a new multi-function scoreboard at Noyes Park

• Dolgeville Forward — $10,000 for improvements and upgrades to a basketball court

• Erwin Library and Institute — a $2,300 emergency grant for building maintenance 

• Handshake.City — $15,000 for purchase of a portable stage and inflatable bandshell

• Herkimer County Historical Society — a $2,350 emergency grant for roof repairs

• Jordanville Public Library — $10,000 for building-rehabilitation projects

• Oneida Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) — $930 to restore an antique curio cabinet 

• On Point for College — $20,000 to expand outreach efforts 

• Project Fibonacci Foundation — $25,000 to fund scholarships for students to attend Project Fibonacci STEAM Leadership events

• Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL) — $150,000 to assist with renovations to RCIL’s new location

• Rising Stars Soccer Club of CNY — $5,000 to purchase new soccer and lacrosse goals 

• Rome Baseball Association — $2,000 for the addition of protective dugout netting 

• Rust2Green — $79,400 to advance place-making projects in downtown Utica

• The New York Community Trust — $10,000 to support the New York State Census Equity Fund’s efforts to ensure an accurate 2020 Census count

• Utica Curling Club — $15,000 for expenses related to paving the curling club parking area

• Utica Monday Nite Corporation — $25,000 to support the 2019 Levitt AMP Utica concerts, park improvements, and place-making activities

• Waterville Historical Society — an $850 emergency grant for furnace repairs

• Woods Valley Alpine Ski Racing Foundation — $6,500 for the purchase of a race-timing system

• YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley — $15,000 to fund development and design services for its new facility

The Community Foundation’s donor-advised funds awarded 98 grants in the quarter to 72 organizations. Some of the area groups receiving funding included:

American Cancer Society, Central Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (CABVI), Central New York Conservancy, Chamber Music Society of Utica, Clinton Youth Foundation, Freedom Guide Dogs for the Blind, Glimmerglass Opera, Hamilton College, Herkimer County Humane Society, Hospice & Palliative Care, Humane Society of Rome, ICAN (formerly Kids Oneida), Landmarks Society of Greater Utica, Madison-Oneida BOCES, Mohawk Valley Frontiers Club, Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, On Point For College, Oneida County History Center, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES, Rescue Mission of Utica, Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL), Stanley Center for the Arts, The House of the Good Shepherd, Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, Utica College, Utica Monday Nite Corporation, Utica Public Library, Utica Zoological Society, Women’s Fund of Herkimer & Oneida Counties, and the YWCA of the Mohawk Valley.           


Rome Hospital Foundation says it provides “vital philanthropic support” to the hospital. The foundation is a separate 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit that accepts gifts on behalf of Rome Memorial Hospital and works to fund both present and future equipment and program needs. 

Rome Memorial Hospital provides care to more than 100,000 residents of the community.


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