The Cayuga Community Fund is a geographically-specific fund administered by the Central New York Community Foundation. This philanthropic initiative serves as a collection of gifts from many donors who are committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life for residents of Cayuga County through a permanent charitable endowment. Grants are awarded annually to aid vital programs in the fields of arts & culture, environment & animals, education, human services, health and civic affairs.

The Cayuga Community Fund is the union of many gifts, big and small, by those who want to give back to their community. Tax-deductible gifts may be made in various ways. You may contribute online with a credit card or checks, made out to Central New York Community Foundation with “Cayuga Community Fund” written in the memo line, may be sent to: Central New York Community Foundation, 431 East Fayette Street, Suite 100, Syracuse, NY 13202.

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We accept applications from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations in Cayuga County seeking to fund innovative projects in the areas of: arts and culture, civic affairs, education, health, human services and the environment.

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Since 2010, we have been awarding impactful grants that make a difference for Cayuga County residents. View our previous grants.

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In addition to its unrestricted community fund, the Cayuga Community Fund is comprised of component field-of-interest funds that also serve the needs of Cayuga County.

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2021-2022 Leadership Council

Donna Adams
Gilda Brower, Vice Chair
David Contiguglia, Esq.
Vivian Cunningham
Dr. Deborah Geer
Grant Kyle
Susan Marteney
Rhoda Overstreet-Wilson
Barbara Post, Chair
Dee Dee Schenck

News & Stories

News Releases March 1, 2021

Cayuga Community Fund is Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Cayuga Community Fund anticipates awarding approximately $70,000 in grant funding this year.

Gardeners happily work at the Boces Garden.
Topics December 17, 2020

Calvary Food Pantry/BOCES Food Partnership Garden

The Calvary Food Pantry of Central New York is an emergency food pantry that has ...

A view of the tree and plaques at the Anne Frank Garden in Cayuga County.
Topics December 17, 2020

Southern Cayuga Anne Frank Tree Project

“It’s a very meaningful place for someone to just come and visit, learn about Anne ...

This stack of books will help Seymour Library patrons understand greening their home.
Topics December 17, 2020

Seymour Library Makes It Easy for Cayuga Residents to “Go Green”

Library card holders can borrow both the books and monitors similarly to how they borrow ...

A little girl is playing at the Auburn Public Theater.
Topics December 17, 2020

Auburn Public Theater

Support from the Cayuga Community Fund allowed a class of students to participate in summer ...

The Auburn Beautification Committee playground looks inviting on a sunny day.
Topics December 17, 2020

Auburn Beautification Committee

“The outcomes of the Osborne Park Renovation Project exceeded the expectations of the Committee.”

Gardeners happily work at the Boces Garden.
Topics April 1, 2020

Regional and Affiliate Partners Collecting and Disseminating Funds for COVID-19 Relief

Regional and affiliate partners are now collecting and disseminating funds for COVID-19 relief.

At Booker T. Washington, a teacher is helping a student at their school program.
Topics March 31, 2020

Philanthropy & Government Coalition Forms Fund for Cayuga County COVID-19 Support

The fund is designed to rapidly deploy flexible resources in the form of one-time operating ...

Dancers practice at the Auburn Public Theater.
Topics July 23, 2019

Cayuga Fund Distributes More Than $73,000 In Grants

The Cayuga Community Fund, awarded $73,050 to 24 nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Cayuga County.

News Releases March 1, 2021

Cayuga Community Fund is Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Cayuga Community Fund anticipates awarding approximately $70,000 in grant funding this year.

Gardeners happily work at the Boces Garden.
Topics December 17, 2020

Calvary Food Pantry/BOCES Food Partnership Garden

The Calvary Food Pantry of Central New York is an emergency food pantry that has ...

A view of the tree and plaques at the Anne Frank Garden in Cayuga County.
Topics December 17, 2020

Southern Cayuga Anne Frank Tree Project

“It’s a very meaningful place for someone to just come and visit, learn about Anne ...

This stack of books will help Seymour Library patrons understand greening their home.
Topics December 17, 2020

Seymour Library Makes It Easy for Cayuga Residents to “Go Green”

Library card holders can borrow both the books and monitors similarly to how they borrow ...

A little girl is playing at the Auburn Public Theater.
Topics December 17, 2020

Auburn Public Theater

Support from the Cayuga Community Fund allowed a class of students to participate in summer ...

The Auburn Beautification Committee playground looks inviting on a sunny day.
Topics December 17, 2020

Auburn Beautification Committee

“The outcomes of the Osborne Park Renovation Project exceeded the expectations of the Committee.”

Gardeners happily work at the Boces Garden.
Topics April 1, 2020

Regional and Affiliate Partners Collecting and Disseminating Funds for COVID-19 Relief

Regional and affiliate partners are now collecting and disseminating funds for COVID-19 relief.

At Booker T. Washington, a teacher is helping a student at their school program.
Topics March 31, 2020

Philanthropy & Government Coalition Forms Fund for Cayuga County COVID-19 Support

The fund is designed to rapidly deploy flexible resources in the form of one-time operating ...

Dancers practice at the Auburn Public Theater.
Topics July 23, 2019

Cayuga Fund Distributes More Than $73,000 In Grants

The Cayuga Community Fund, awarded $73,050 to 24 nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Cayuga County.

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