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The following grants were made possible through the Shirley M. Aubrey, Carriage House Foundation, Charles F. Brannock, Community Literacy, J. Henry & Martha E. DeBoer, Mary Louise Dunn, M. Harold & Frances M. Dwyer, Educational Endowment, Harold & Marion Edwards and O.M. Edwards Co., Environmental, John M. & Mary L. Gallinger, Flora Mather Hosmer, Harry & Helen Barnes Jewell, Leo & Natalie Jivoff, Martha A. & Eugene F. Keppler, Marjorie D. Kienzle, Faith T. Knapp Memorial, George & Luella Krahl, Durston Sanford & Doris Sanford, John F. Marsellus, Martha, James & Eileen Miller, P-D Family, J. Daniel & Diane Pluff, Tiny Rubenstein Animal Welfare, Durston Sanford & Doris Sanford, Ralph Myron Sayer and Sophrona Davis Sayer Endowment, Spanfelner, Dorothy R. Shoudy Memorial Hearing Impaired, Syracuse Dispensary, William & Mary L. Thorpe Charitable, and Community Funds.

Arts, Culture & Humanities

CNY Arts - $15,000 

Upgrade its technology system to promote, support and celebrate the region’s arts and culture community 

Cora Foundation - $11,630
Support production costs of People Who Came to My House exhibition at the ArtRage Gallery

Erie Canal Museum - $20,000 
Conduct a competition to collect and display creative designs for connecting the Erie Canalway Trail from DeWitt to Syracuse

Everson Museum - $50,000
Install a new software system to improve retail sales and customer relationships

Le Moyne College  - $10,000
Present a concert commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in collaboration with Symphoria

Landmark Theatre  - $26,000 
Purchase and install a new concession sales system to increase revenue

Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation - $15,000
Implement gift shop renovations 

Onondaga Historical Association - $25,000
Install an energy efficient climate control system that will ensure the longevity of its valuable collections and archives

Open Hand Theater - $13,000
Revise, update and promote its education touring programs

Redhouse Arts Center - $100,000
Install theatrical lighting in two theater spacesin the new Redhouse @ City Center facility

Skaneateles Festival - $20,000 
Purchase portable equipment for the Robinson Pavilion to improve the audience experience

Signature Band & Choir  - $11,900
Provide live music to cancer patients, their families, visitors and staff at the Upstate Cancer Center and at the Everson Museum’s public events

Symphoria - $25,200
Provide Syracuse City School students in grades 3-5 with access to live orchestral music through Carnegie’s Link Up: The Orchestra Sings!

Syracuse Children’s Theatre - $23,105 
Upgrade vocal amplification equipment to enhance student performances

Syracuse Stage - $25,000
Support production costs, community education and outreach opportunities for To Kill a Mockingbird

University Neighborhood Preservation Association - $30,000
Implement the first phase of restorations of the historic Gustav Stickley House


LiteracyCNY - $20,000
Hire a fund development consultant to design and implement a three-year major gift campaign

Liverpool Central School District - $15,957 
Conduct forums between kindergarten teachers and preschool providers to identify common learning gaps

Onondaga County Public Library - $25,000
Add new teen and makerspace areas in the renovated Central Branch location

Whole Me - $19,600
Purchase equipment and library materials to expand and improve its after-school program

Environment & Animals

Baltimore Woods Nature Center - $10,529 
Expand its back deck, which is used for on-site public programs, camps, events and rentals

Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park - $50,000
Construct an outdoor pool in the Asian Elephant Preserve

Madison County Health Department - $16,070
Assess the potential health impacts of a gas compressor station on nearby residents

Onondaga Earth Corps  - $17,000
Collaborate with Onondaga County’s Save the Rain program to implement Connect the Drops, an anti-littering campaign

Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps - $30,000
Support the second year of its coordinator position who will conduct outreach and education programs 

Spay and Neuter Syracuse - $24,413
Purchase surgical equipment that will increase its capacity to deliver services 


St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center  - $42,583 
Replace the call bell system in its sub-acute rehabilitation unit to improve patient safety

Jewish Home of Central New York  - $25,000
Install a new wireless system that will allow staff to move from paper to electronic medical records

Human Services

AccessCNY  - $30,000
Conduct renovations at Provisions Restaurant and Bakery in Armory Square

Aurora of Central New York - $12,600 
Support the continuation of its low-cost hearing aid program for children

Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse  - $36,465 
Support its Career Prep at the Clubs program to help at-risk teens

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County  - $40,000
Replace the roof at the Vincent House Youth Center

Cazenovia Children’s House  - $12,500
Renovate a classroom within the child care service center

Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired - $15,000
Purchase equipment for the expansion of its sight-impaired employment program into Onondaga County

Community Options - $13,737
Implement a data management tool that will better track the daily activities and health needs of clients

Hopeprint - $15,000
Conduct mutual mentorship as part of the Her Village program on Syracuse’s Northside

McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center  - $18,400
Conduct an awareness campaign during Child Abuse Prevention Month

Person to Person Citizen Advocacy - $10,920
Update its internal tracking database, allowing for efficiency improvements

Salvation Army - $50,000
Redesign existing space to house outpatient counseling services that help adults and children who struggle with severe mental illness

Syracuse University Office of Sponsored Programs - $15,500
Train Syracuse inner-city helping professionals in trauma-informed care through the In This Together program

Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County - $40,000
Increase the availability of free legal immigration services in the community 

YMCA of Greater Syracuse - $100,000
Complete construction and install accessibility elements at the new Northwest Family YMCA facility in Baldwinsville

Performance Management

Baltimore Woods Nature Center - $10,000
Improve outcome assessment for 19 schools that participate in the Nature in the City program

Home HeadQuarters - $11,500
Demonstrate the social and economic contribution of creating affordable housing in the City of Syracuse

Huntington Family Centers - $15,000
Design and implement an agency-wide database and provide training and coaching to staff

InterFaith Works of Central New York - $14,533
Strengthen ability to gather and use data from program participants at its Ahmad and Elizabeth El-Hindi Center for Dialogue

Learning Disabilities Association of CNY - $15,000
Track progress towards individualized employment goals for participants of its Employment Services and Community Habilitation programs

Onondaga Case Management Services - $14,360
Assess the improvement of health outcomes for Medicaid enrollees diagnosed with hypertension and receiving Health Home Care Management services

Redhouse Arts Center - $15,000 
Measure the influence of its arts education program on school attendance, classroom behavior and program participation of Syracuse City School District students

Spanish Action League of Onondaga County - $15,000
Evaluate the effectiveness of its employment workshops in helping participants to attain and retain employment 

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Foundation - $13,750
Assess community outcomes of St. Joseph’s Center for Tobacco Health Systems

Syracuse Community Health Center - $15,000
Evaluate improvements in use of techniques known to prevent the spread of disease

Syracuse Northeast Community Center - $14,216
Analyze the impact of agency interventions for those utilizing its Basic Needs program

Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County - $15,000
Identify the areas with the highest concentration of eviction cases in Syracuse to target preventative action and education programs through its Homeless Advocacy and Prevention program

Westcott Community Center - $11,307
Assess the impact of its afterschool program on academic gains

Public & Societal Benefit

Friends of DeWitt Parks & Recreation - $100,000 

Build an all-inclusive outdoor multi-sports and wellness complex at Carrier Park

Skaneateles Community Center - $30,000 
Expand the Center, which is home to fitness classes, senior programming and youth sports leagues

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility - $50,000
Support the addition of a Deputy Director focused on providing administrative capacity and support for the Greater Syracuse HOPE Initiative

Village of Cazenovia - $26,850
Develop a new park and trail system along Chittenango Creek


Cortland Area Communities that Care Coalition - $20,000
Support the coordination of literacy work groups and activities for its Community Solutions Action Plan (CSAP) to improve children’s literacy in Cortland County

Madison County Literacy Coalition - $50,000
Funding for operating costs including an Executive Director and a part-time adult literacy Program Director

Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County (LCOC) - $109,647
Support the Campaign for Grade Level Reading and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. From a portion of this funding, LCOC distributed Literacy Champion grants to organizations working to increase literacy by focusing on young children and parent engagement in reading. The following grant recipients were selected by the LCOC awards committee:
  • Children’s Consortium - Conduct the Read and Rise: Family Literacy and Child-Care Provider Literacy Conversations programs
  • Council for Lutheran Campus Ministry at Syracuse - Support Learning to Read, Families Together, an online reading program
  • Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park - Enhance the Tadpole Academy and Literacy Trifecta programs
  • InterFaith Works of Central New York - Support Jump Up! story circles to increase school readiness for refugee pre-school children and their parents
  • Salvation Army of Syracuse Provide funding for its Family Literacy programming