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Nonprofits Applying for April Community Grant Round

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, we want you to know that we are still here for you. We know that now more than ever, the nonprofit community is stretched to meet the needs of those it serves. With this in mind, we have taken the following steps to help ease some of the burden during this time: Created the COVID-19 Community Response Fund with our partners to respond to urgent basic human needs Will continue to have responsive April and October grant rounds, though the parameters around requests will be much more flexible and could include general operating dollars to organizations directly impacted by the COVID pandemic For those with open grants with us, we will consider variance requests that could involve repurposing for operations and/or timeline extensions To discuss any of these options, or any other matter, please contact us as grants@cnycf.org.

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.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Program that Helps Women & Girls

The Women's Fund of Central New York supports projects that improve the lives of women and girls.
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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.
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The Cortland County Bright Ideas Program provides grants to nonprofit organizations that directly benefit the residents of Cortland County.
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Cayuga County Program

The Cayuga Community Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that directly benefit the residents of Cayuga County.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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If you have grantmaking questions or would like to schedule a grant information meeting, please contact us at
315-422-9538 or