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More than $235,000 in Grants Awarded to Black-Led Organizations

Seventeen Black Equity & Excellence Fun grants, totaling $238,200, distributed to Black-led organizations.

October, 2023 – The Community Foundation recently distributed grants from its Black Equity & Excellence Fund. Grants from the fund support Black-led nonprofit organizations and projects that counteract systemic racism. Seventeen grants were distributed, totaling $238,200.

Ana Gil photography- $10,000       

Launch the NO CAP Media Program (Nurturing Opportunities for Creativity and Production), which will equip young Black minds with skills to succeed in digital media careers

BLAAC (Black Latino Asian Artist Coalition) – $10,000    

Launch BLAAC School of the Arts, a youth arts program that will provide local high school students and college freshman with first-hand theatre experience working alongside production professionals

Black Girls Will Get Love- $10,000 

Host an educational Hollywood-standard film production process for girls of color ages 13-25

Center of Hope International- $20,000       

Launch STEMintheMiddle, an after-school hands-on STEM coding educational program for Black and historically excluded youth between the ages of 13-18

Dunbar Association-$30,000          

Expand the Student Coalition on Race and Equity (SCORE) after-school program, which provides equity training for youth

Food Access Healthy Neighborhoods Now- $10,000

Enhance its summer and winter food markets by increasing the number and variety of vendors through advertising and awareness opportunities

Half Hood Half Holistic- $10,000    

Expand access to culturally relevant mental health services and create curriculum to train-up mental wellness coaches

Hanks Athletics- $10,000    

Help get historically excluded youth that are exposed to gang activity involved in athletics

House of Psalms- $20,000  

Implement new supportive programming and transitional housing opportunities for Black women who have either been incarcerated or impacted by domestic violence

LIFENOW/LOVE JONES INTERNATIONAL- $10,000

Host Just Because Premiere Networking and Positioning for the Promise events for Black and historically excluded leaders and professionals in the community

Minority Mindz- $23,000      

Support the Strategic Business Development Program, which addresses systemic issues of poverty through free entrepreneurship resources and support

Off the Hook Crochet Club- $3,200

Hold free, monthly crochet events to create a space for Black adults to build community, be creative, and learn more about the Black and historically excluded history of fiber arts

OG’s Against Violence- $30,000     

Expand the Violence Interrupter (VI) Training and Employment Program, its youth program and its Community Outreach initiatives

Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment Inc. (RISE)- $15,000          

Support afterschool programming for refugee and immigrant youth to engage with tutors from local universities

Southside Coalition Citizens for Justice and Equality- $5,000  

Host Family Movie Saturdays to engage youth and their families in conversations about justice and equality

Strategic Resources Management- $5,000           

Host the Virtual Financial Empowerment Summit to help people become economically self-sufficient and achieve upward socioeconomic mobility

Tucker Missionary Baptist Church- $17,000        

Host the Full Life Festival, which informs, engages, empowers and equips the Black community with awareness and information

 

The Central New York Community Foundation is a public charity that turns community dollars into community change. Established in 1927, it receives contributions from donors, manages them to grow over time and then distributes funding to address the region’s greatest needs. The foundation has invested more than $270 million in community projects that benefit Central New York. It also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of strategic initiatives that foster a thriving and equitable region and address the most critical issues of our time.

The Community Foundation’s Black Equity & Excellence Fund was launched in June 2020 in response to the tragedies and ensuing national conversation on race that has brought to light a common truth – that anti-Black racism is still woven into the fabric of the country. The Fund supports community-based projects for the Black community of Central New York that promote and encourage self-sufficiency and improve the physical and economic conditions that affect quality of life. It also encourages dialogue that will strengthen collaborative engagement on race-related matters and support social and educational growth in the community. Learn more at cnycf.org/equity

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