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Shineman Foundation announces grants, including for business plan contest

By Journal Staff


OSWEGO, N.Y. — Fourteen not-for-profit organizations received grant awards totaling $313,500 from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation in the last of three 2016 grant rounds at its November board meeting, according to a new release from the foundation. 

The largest award was given to Fulton Block Builders, a new grassroots organization that is initiating a Healthy Neighborhood revitalization program in Fulton modeled after the Oswego Renaissance Association’s “highly successful” program in Oswego, the foundation said. The $100,000 award is a matching grant payable in the spring of 2017 following completion of fundraising in Fulton.

The Shineman Foundation made another matching grant of $25,000 to Operation Oswego County Foundation toward its grand prize for the winner of the upcoming 2017 Next Great Idea Business Plan Competition.

Other community revitalization grants were given to the Art Association of Oswego for its Pottery Studio Revitalization and the Town of Schroeppel Community Services Department for resurfacing of the town park’s basketball court in the spring.

In education, funding was provided by the Shineman Foundation to the Oswego County Historical Society for its online Teacher Resource Project for Oswego County schools. Peaceful Remedies received startup funding for development of a marketing plan and holistic educational programs. Wisdom Thinkers Network received third-year funding for capacity building.

Human-services grants were awarded to Oswego County Opportunities for its SAF Shelter and program as well as to St. Luke Health Services for its new Social Adult Day Care Program. Other projects include funding to Blessings in a Backpack’s Oswego and Fulton chapters in support of their expanded missions to provide nutritious food on the weekend to any Oswego or Fulton school-age child who needs it.

The Shineman Foundation also made several arts and culture grants.

As with previous grant rounds, the projects funded this time “represent a diverse cross section of community organizations in human services, education, arts and culture, nutrition, and community revitalization,” the foundation noted.

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