OSWEGO — The Richard S. Shineman Foundation of Oswego recently announced that it has awarded 12 not-for-profit organizations grant awards totaling $593,000 — in the last of three 2019 grant rounds.
All funded projects reach a wide range of people in Oswego County, the foundation said. As with previous grant rounds, the projects represent a diverse cross-section of community organizations in economic revitalization, education, arts and culture, and health and human services.
The largest award, $150,000, was given to Crouse Health Foundation by the Shineman Foundation in support of its capital campaign to renovate and expand Crouse Hospital’s regional neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to provide “state-of-the-art support services to at-risk babies and their mothers,” the foundation said.
Fulton Block Builders, a grassroots organization in Fulton, has continued to exceed expectations for its successful Healthy Neighborhoods revitalization program, and was awarded an additional $150,000 matching grant payable in the spring of 2020, following completion of fundraising in Fulton.
Revitalization grants were also given to ARISE for the relocation of its Oswego office and to the Salvation Army of Oswego in support of the repair and resurfacing of its parking lot to address safety concerns.
The Shineman Foundation said it committed $145,500 to The Reading League so it can provide all Pre-K through Grade 3 educators in the nine Oswego County school districts with “evidence-aligned reading instruction” using livestreaming video technology. The league’s five professional-development offerings per year will be provided free of charge for five years, as a result of this grant.
The foundation also awarded two education/arts and culture grants to organizations expanding their outreach with and into Oswego County schools. The recipients are: The REV Theatre Company (formerly Merry-Go-Round Playhouse) for its touring “Sequential Dramatics Program” and the Museum of Science and Technology’s “Oswego County on the Go” science program, which will bring a 45-minute classroom-based science demonstration to all 78 sixth-grade classes in 16 school buildings in Oswego County.
Several health and human services grants were awarded by the Shineman Foundation. They include: David’s Refuge for provision of respite/caregiver support to parents and guardians of children with special needs; Food Bank of CNY to enhance its Mobile Food Pantry in Oswego County; Journey of Faith United Methodist Church for its Weekend Backpack Program for 150 children in the Hannibal school district; and Victory Transformation to launch its Cars for Change pilot program.
The Shineman Foundation says its mission is to be a catalyst for change to enhance the quality of life in Oswego County.