Oswego County Community Foundation Grants Distributed

Between March 2020 and March 2021, the following grants were awarded on a rolling basis to nonprofits providing critical support services to individuals who were disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In partnership with the Shineman Foundation and United Way of Greater Oswego County, and with generous support from community members, the Oswego County Community Foundation formed the Oswego County COVID-19 Fund to provide rapid and responsive relief grants during the pandemic

Arc of Oswego – $7,500
Purchase laptops or tablets that will be loaned to clients for participation in telehealth sessions

ARISE – $6,560
Construction of aluminum ramps for Oswego County residents transitioning to home care

Camp Foundations – $15,000
Provide supplemental academic activities for children while their parents work

Catholic Charities of Oswego County – $5000
Assemble bags with items such as games and art supplies for delivery to families throughout Oswego County

Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation (CiTi) – $2,600
Connect Oswego County students from migrant households to the internet for remote learning

Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County – $9,100
Provide enhanced mental health and support services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Children’s Museum of Oswego – $5,000
Support for the Museum for All program, which addresses challenges children may face during the pandemic

Donald McFee Memorial Ambulance Service Inc. – $2,000
Purchase equipment and medical supplies needed to treat patients

Farnham Family Services – $10,000
Implement a remote workforce including laptops, hotspots, licenses and cell phones

Fulton City School District – $2,500
Distribute basic household cleaning supplies and family activities to promote and sustain physical, social and emotional wellness

Fulton Family YMCA – $22,000
Provide affordable childcare and host a call center which allows YMCA staff to call and connect with members who are affected by the pandemic

Fulton Public Library – $1,500
Purchase PPE and cleaning supplies for employees and guests

H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego – $1,900
Upgrade museum technology to provide educational programming

Hannibal Resource Center – $1,200
Purchase freezers to support increased food distribution to residents of the Hannibal community

Kristina’s House of Hope – $5,000
Purchase emergency shelter supplies for women who are displaced or are struggling with drug and/or alcohol dependency in Oswego County

Mexico Food Pantry – Saint Anne Mother of Mary Catholic Church – $3,000
Provide the community with needed food

Oswego County Opportunities – $15,000
Provide bags of emergency supplies containing shelf-stable foods and personal hygiene products to residents of Oswego County

Oswego Health Foundation – $30,750
Provide individuals with mental health engagement, intervention and follow-up support; Support for a Rheonix Encompass MDx workstation to enable in-house COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Oswego County; Purchase rapid-result COVID-19 test units to use in the emergency room and urgent care centers.

Oswego Industries – $18,000
Produce large amounts of cotton masks and gowns for local healthcare providers, including Menter Ambulance and Oswego Health;
Purchase van to provide safe transportation for day services

Oswego YMCA – $45,602
Provide care and meals to children of essential workers in Oswego County; Continue to offer emergency child care for essential workers in the Oswego area

The Phoenix Area Food Pantry – $2,500
Distribute food items to community members

Public Broadcasting Council of CNY (WCNY) – $5,000
Broadcast TV Classroom Network, which offers Pre-K to 12th grade instruction in key academic subject areas such as health, physical fitness, and music, by teachers who are helping children learn from home

The Salvation Army of Oswego – $12,800
Offer pre-packed food boxes and grab and go lunches for Oswego residents; Support soup kitchen and distribute to-go meals to families in Oswego County

Victory Transformation, Inc. – $3,947
Provide shelter, care, meals and masks for individuals living in homelessness and have addiction issues.

Blessings in a Backpack/Fulton Chapter received $1,000 to supply at-risk school children with food for the weekends when free school meals are not available.

Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County received $3,140 to support Boys Council, a strengths-based program to promote boys’ and young men’s safe and healthy passage through pre-teen and adolescent years.

The Children’s Museum of Oswego received $2,000 to support outdoor programming which will occur in the space directly outside of the museum, as well as in the pocket park located off of First Street.

CNY Arts Center received $2,000 to create and deliver low-cost or no-cost programming for its target audiences.

Food Bank of Central New York received $2,500 to support the distribution of nutritious food through its Mobile Food Pantry, as well as increase access to Food Bank programs and community resources available to eligible residents of Oswego County.

Friends of Great Bear received $4,400 to construct a boardwalk bridge on the Yellow trail, which is used by hikers, bikers and trail runners.

Friends of Riverside Cemetery of Oswego received $1,000 to help with the restoration and preservation of the Page Memorial Chapel.

Oswego Bookmobile, Inc. received $2,500 to help cover the cost of a literacy specialist who will be on the bus four days each week.

Oswego County Historical Society received $2,500 to stabilize a retaining wall around the sidewalk of the property to make the grounds safer for its outdoor events.

Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue Team received $2,420 to replace and update GIS mapping computers and laptops, which are used in mobile command post and by team leaders in missing or lost person incidents.

Oswego Health Foundation received $740 to purchase emergency evacuation bags for the babies in their Maternity Center.

Pulaski Historical Society received $2,000 to update its military and youth rooms with paint, shelving, lighting and refinished floors.

Safe Haven Museum and Education Center received $2,400 to fund the collections management project, which will allow the researcher to accession artifacts and extant documents in the museum’s collection using a software program.

ARISE Child and Family Service received $1,300 for the ARISE Oswego County Ramp Program, which provides residents of Oswego County access to their homes and community.

ARTSwego received $500 to present a special concert highlighting the Achievement of Women in Music, comprised of Pulitzer Prize winning women composers and designed as part of a multifaceted celebration of the NY Women’s Suffrage Centennial.

Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County received $5,000 to improve mental health, advocacy and forensic interview facilities in its Pulaski satellite location to better serve children and families who are victims of crime.

CNY Arts Center received $2,750 to support renovations to the Center’s newly purchased building, which will house Fulton’s first Community Arts Center.

Friends of Oswego County Hospice received $500 to strengthen its volunteer program through outreach, volunteer recruitment, training and support.

Fulton Family YMCA received $5,000 to assist with the support and expansion of Girls Rock, a program for young girls in Oswego County ages 8-18 to foster self-esteem, confidence, relationships and leadership skills.

Oswego Bookmobile received $1,500 to purchase books and supplies to make the program more accessible to children with special needs.

Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue Team received $2,340 to acquire additional emergency personnel paging equipment for new search and rescue team members.

Oswego Players received $2,400 for the Theater Arts Youth Academy, a one-year program sponsored by the Oswego Players and the Art Association of Oswego to engage youth from 10 to 20 years old in all aspects of theatre arts performance and production.

Oswego YMCA received $1,250 to support the construction of a connector from the Armory building to the building that houses its pool.

Pregnancy Care Center of Oswego County received $2,000 to provide diapers, wipes and baby furniture to clients.

United Friends of Homeless Animals received $2,500 to support veterinary costs to help more animals.

CNY Arts Center received $2,250 to purchase lighting instruments, accessories and a scrim curtain to project background patterns and special effects during performances.

Friends of Great Bear received $4,200 to repair a heavily used trail intersection, which will improve sustainability and safety for visitors to the Great Bear Recreation Area and help prevent erosion.

Oswego County Health Department received $2,200 to support Healthy Families Oswego County, a primary prevention home visiting program which seeks to reduce maltreatment of children and improve overall family health and functioning.

Oswego County Opportunities received $5,000 to support child care scholarships for low-income families through its Discovery Learning Center.

Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue received $2,366 to purchase new portable radios for team leaders and batteries for volunteer emergency personnel paging equipment.

PAWS of CNY received $2,350 to increase volunteer enrollment in Oswego County to meet the service needs of nursing facilities, schools, libraries and other community events.

Pregnancy Care Center of Oswego County received $1,000 to purchase diapers and wipes for its clientele of underserved women.

Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum received $2,500 to modernize and upgrade exhibits.

Sage Brook Horse Foundation and Youth Program received $1,750 to purchase haying equipment to feed horses and generate an additional income source for operations through sale of the surplus hay.

United Friends of Homeless Animals received $2,000 to assist with veterinary expenses for an increasing population of animals cared for by rescue shelters.

Annie Porter Ainsworth Memorial Library received $850 to provide free early-childhood summer art classes to help introduce and expose community youth to fine arts.

Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation (CiTi) received $3,325 to support the continuation of its Breakfast and Lunch for Weekends and Crisis Food/Hygiene Support projects.

CNY Arts Center received $3,000 to purchase and install fire retardant, noise reducing blackout curtains to meet fire safety standards for the Center’s performing arts space.

Friends of Fulton Parks received $2,250 to support the installation of accessible pathways to Recreation Park as part of its Recreation Park Revitalization Project.

Fulton Family YMCA received $1,725 to purchase supplies to help expand its Girls Rock program, which seeks to promote positive self-image, skill-building, teamwork and community engagement.

Fulton Jazz Festival received $2,500 to expand its 2017 festival to include an educational programming component with group classes for students and workshops for music educators.

Fulton Kiwanis Recreation Association received $2,250 to complete renovations to its Kid Haven clubhouse to ensure secure storage of maintenance and sports equipment and to build a handicap-accessible bathroom.

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways received $1,600 to support the College Life 1-Day program in collaboration with Cayuga Community College’s Fulton Branch to help ninth and tenth grade girls in Oswego County prepare for college explore college opportunities.

Oswego County Historical Society received $3,100 to upgrade outdated display room lighting in exhibit galleries to protect and preserve archival collections.

Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue received $2,784 to purchase new handheld receivers for the Project Lifesaver program, which seeks to help locate missing high-risk youth and adults with dementia.

Oswego Health Foundation received $3,902 to purchase equipment, teaching aids and educational materials to support its Community Health Plan.

Blessings in a Backpack, Oswego-Fulton Chapter received $3,000 to feed underserved children in Oswego and Fulton for 38 weekends during the school year.

Cleveland Historical Society received $3,390 to restore Friendship House, a companion property of historic former St. James Episcopal Church, which houses historical displays and serves as a convening space for board meetings and other functions.

Friends of Fort Ontario received $3,000 to design, build and install interpretive panels on the Fort Ontario State Historic Site grounds to show elements of historic landscapes that no longer exist.

Friends of Great Bear received $3,500 to repair an eroding hillside trail connection by installing limestone steps that will allow for safe use and access of the historical canal lock and the adjacent trails.

Friends of Quirk’s Players received $1,500 to purchase two headset microphones that will enhance sound quality of theater productions put on by Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School drama club.

Oswego Bookmobile received $1,500 to expand its mobile literacy outreach program to include additional age groups by increasing the selection of books and STEM-related activities available to preschool age children.

Oswego Players received $890 to purchase equipment that will enable outdoor performances of the summer Youth Educational Theater Initiative (Y.E.T.I.), which engages youth across Oswego County by staging productions in local parks.

Rebels’ Sports Boosters received $3,000 for materials to construct enclosures on Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District athletic fields. The addition to the fields will help shelter students and coaches from inclement weather during sporting events and engage the broader community by encouraging use of facilities by outside groups.

Sage Brook Horse Foundation received $220 to purchase food and water buckets for youth volunteers to use when feeding horses.

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