Explore our Grant Programs
The Community Foundation offers a number of grant programs that seek to bring about positive change and impact while honoring diversity and building inclusion within and across our many communities.
Looking for a specific program? Visit our alphabetical list of all of our grantmaking and special initiatives to find what you are looking for. Not quite sure which program is right for you? Explore the list of funding opportunities below, categorized by program type.
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Program, Direct Service or Organizational Development Project
Our largest funding opportunity, the Community Grant program accepts applications from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties looking to fund innovative projects in the areas of: arts and culture, civic affairs, education, health, human services and the environment.
Capital Project or Campaign
Our Community Grant program also accepts proposals that seek funding to purchase or construct a new facility, renovate or add to a current facility, or purchase equipment with an expected useful life of at least three years.
Partnership with Other Organization(s)
The Strategic Partnership Fund supports those organizations seeking to create new synergies in and between nonprofits that will enable them to enhance program delivery and achieve more effective and efficient use of limited financial and human resources.
Program that Helps Women & Girls
The Women's Fund of Central New York supports projects that improve the lives of women and girls.
Vocational Rehabilitation Program
The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund supports projects that offer vocational rehabilitation to assist people with any disabling condition to acquire the social, educational and work skills that will lead to employment.
Cayuga County Program
The Cayuga Community Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that directly benefit the residents of Cayuga County.
Oswego County Program
The Oswego County Community Foundation (“Fund”) is a philanthropic initiative to attract and retain permanent charitable dollars for the benefit of Oswego County.
Pulaski/Town of Richland Program
The Pulaski Community Endowment Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that directly benefit the residents of Pulaski or the Town of Richland.
Performance Management Program
Performance Management grants are designed to improve an organization's ability to measure impact, making them more efficient and helping them secure new funding.
Professional Development Opportunity for Nonprofit Staff
The Staff Advancement Initiative invests in the professional development of non-management or entry-level management employees at nonprofit agencies.
Nonprofit Senior Management Sabbatical
The John F. Marsellus Sabbatical allows passionate nonprofit leaders to set aside time for reflection, learning and renewal - all of which contribute to the continued effectiveness of their leadership.
Nonprofit Executive Professional Development
The Marsellus Executive Development program is an opportunity to identify and build on your strengths as a nonprofit leader, elevate your thinking, and connect with a strong group of peers.
Neighborhood Revitalization Project
Neighborhood Greening Grants are offered in partnership with the Syracuse Parks Conservancy in the form of mini-grants that fund the costs of volunteer-driven, environmental improvement projects conducted by neighborhood associations, schools and community groups.
View All of Our Programs
Are you looking for a specific program? We have compiled an alphabetical list of all of our grantmaking and special initiatives to help you find what you are looking for.
View the list.