Women's Fund Grants Awarded

Ten nonprofit organizations from Onondaga, Oswego, and Cayuga counties received grants from the Women’s Fund of Central New York. The grants, totaling $50,000, will fund projects that support the advancement and full participation of women and girls.

Beverly L. Smith Empowerment Initiative (Cayuga) received $5,000 to support the Affirmed Melanated Princess Project, which serves Black girls who are local to Central New York and attend elementary schools in the Syracuse City and Auburn City school districts.

Black Girls Don’t Get Love received $5,000 to convert its popular book “Black Girls Don’t Get Love” into a short film, which will be used as proof of concept to seek funding for an eventual television show or feature film.

BLOOM of CNY received $5,000 to facilitate the Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise workshop for girls and young women. The workshop was developed to educate, empower, and encourage girls and young women in the city of Syracuse and surrounding areas in health and wellness, financial literacy, and building healthy habits.

The Desens House (Oswego) received $5,000 to purchase supplies in order to continue running Canning for Hope, a program that provides women in recovery, recovery allies, and community members with canned ingredients for easy baking or cooking.

Half Hood Half Holistic received $5,000 in support of “Girl, Get Connected,” a series of social wellness events and group spaces to reduce isolation, increase connection, and enhance life skills for Black women.

Layla’s Got You received $5,000 to train and deploy 20 additional young women ambassadors to develop and implement right-sized engagements for local young women.

Light A Candle for Literacy received $5,000 to provide food, activities, supplies, and field trips for girls participating in the monthly Empowering Girls Roundtable.

Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation received $5,000 to equip Gage Ambassadors for Human Rights with the skills needed to conduct and share interviews with local women leaders and make them available to schools.

Partners for Education and Business received $5,000 to support a marketing campaign for the Future Women in STEM pilot series, which seeks to feature speakers local companies and hands-on activities intended to spark interest and empower young girls in grades 6-8 to explore engineering, manufacturing, and skilled trade careers.

Syracuse University/WISE Women’s Business Center received $5,000 to fund a curriculum for the WISE WBC Learning & Accountability Groups, which are specialized cohorts, ranging from four to eight weeks in length and led by skilled facilitators on leading small business topics. Topics are then selected by community members and prioritized based on the challenges of today’s changing small business landscape and their impacts on women small business owners.

Ten nonprofit organizations from Onondaga, Madison and Cayuga counties received grants from the Women’s Fund of Central New York. The grants, totaling more than $48,000, will fund projects that support the advancement and full participation of women and girls.

Chadwick Residence received $5,000 to support its program coordinator who recruits and trains volunteers, then places them with opportunities suiting their skills.

Clear Path for Veterans received $5,000 to cover expenses for the retreat staff and program participants.

David’s Refuge received $5,000 to fund forty nights at Camp Loon for families, along with providing healthy meals and therapeutic wellness sessions.

Joseph’s House for Women received $5,000 to purchase and install the plumbing for laundry facilities in an accessible location at its community center.

The Junior League of Syracuse received $5,000 to offer cooking literacy and nutrition classes for women in the community.

King Ferry Food Pantry received $3,100 to provide our female clients with personal care items.

Oswego Health Foundation received $5,000 to purchase a new fetal monitoring system.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park received $5,000 to support its interactive art installation: “Forty Acres and a Mule: Figuring Reparations in the Landscape.”

Syracuse Academy of Science Elementary School received $5,000 to purchase materials such as Lego building blocks and bricks, STEM kit straw constructor, magnetic building sticks and more for its women’s science club.

Women on the Front Line received $5,000 to support Stitch by Stitch into Success, a project that will allow mothers and daughters (or women with younger relatives) to create clothing and accessories while learning to operate sewing machines.

AccessCNY received $5,000 to provide hygiene baskets for 150 women and girls who receive services through its mental health programs, including employment and CASA, a program for abused and neglected children in foster care.

ACR Health received $5,000 to supply protective equipment, masks, personal hygiene products and cleaning supplies to clients with compromised immune systems.

Chadwick Residence received $5,000 to provide supportive housing and assistance to homeless youth, young mothers, victims of domestic violence, and women with mental health and/or substance abuse disorders.

Dunbar Association received $5,450 to provide virtual supportive group therapy for girls between 5 and 18 years old.

The Haven at Skanda received $5,000 to provide emergency child care for school-aged children whose parents are essential personnel or whose families have been identified by the Madison County Department of Social Services as at-high-risk for abuse.

King Ferry Food Pantry received $3,000 to provide a one-month supply of personal hygiene products and vitamins to women in our community.

Oswego County Opportunities received $5,000 to purchase food, diapers, formula, feminine hygiene products, and clothing for women and girls throughout Oswego County who are fleeing domestic violence, living in a homeless situation, have a history of trauma, are pregnant/parenting or are living in poverty.

Rescue Mission Alliance-Auburn program received $5,000 to supply food and provide tele-case management for families.

The Salvation Army, Syracuse Area Services received $5,000 to deliver food and hygiene items weekly to senior citizens.

Tucker Missionary Baptist Church received $5,000 to serve hot meals to the community twice per week.

Auburn Public Theater received $5,000 to perform The Tubman Troupe’s A Gatherin’ Place at Auburn Public Theater and SALTSpace.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse received $5,000 to support the Girls After School Coding Club. This grant is made possible with gifts from Lockheed Martin and the Central New York Community Foundation, as well as the Women’s Fund.

Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County received $5,000 to form the Girls Circle, a structured support group for girls aged 9 to18 years old.

The Haven at Skanda received $5,000 to build the Self-Care at Skanda, a new all-female, multigenerational program to support women who have survived domestic violence while at the same time cultivating the leadership skills of Skanda’s teenage female volunteers.

The Image Initiative, Inc. received $5,000 to support the Sisters Empowering Sisters 16th Annual Conference, a two-day empowerment conference focusing on self-esteem, relationship violence, STDs/HIV/AIDS awareness and teen pregnancy.

PGR Foundation received $5,000 to support its Safe Sitter Training, which provides girls 10 years old and older with training on child care and babysitting, first aid/CPR, rescue skills, safety skills, life and business skills.

Providence Services of Syracuse received $5,000 to support its Shuttle to Work van pools, which will give women the critical opportunity to get to work, make a living, and begin paths to financial independence.

Vera House (in partnership with RISE) received $5,000 to support its Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention program for refugee and immigrant youth, offered to students and young adults ages 14 to 21 enrolled in RISE’s CORE youth group.

You Can’t Fail received $5,000 to build its You Can’t Fail Experience and Learning Community, in which 10 to 15 millennial women participate. Each participant will be paired with an industry-specific mentor with whom they will develop an individualized leadership development plan.

Auburn Public Theater received $5,000 for two productions by in-house acting troupe, the Tubman Troupe. The productions aim to increase the artistic capacity and skills of nine amateur African American actresses in the Troupe, engage new audiences at Auburn Public Theater and better serve women of color.

Calvary Food Pantry received $1,500 to provide feminine hygiene supplies and sanitary products to female food pantry clients.

CNY Arts received $4,150 to develop Arts for Female Hearts, a comprehensive program that helps girls and women find their voice through the arts, take charge of their destiny and live lives that matter.

Crouse Health Foundation received $2,300 for educational and emotional support programs for parents who have infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

InterFaith Works of Central New York received $7,500 to support Thrive, an empowerment program for refugee women which will address the emotional and practical needs of victims of domestic violence and build community and self-esteem through peer support.

North Side Learning Center received $4,250 to support comprehensive S.T.E.M. and college/career-readiness
programming for newcomer refugee and immigrant women and girls.

Rise Above Poverty received $1,000 to purchase storage cabinets for storing feminine hygiene products, personal care items and clothing for the homeless and poverty-stricken students at Danforth Middle School and Edward Smith K-8 School during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity received $2,000 for the Women Build program, which aims to encourage women to participate in all aspects of building a Habitat House, create volunteering spaces that are women-led and provide them with personal and construction skills training.

Whole Me received $7,500 to pilot a deaf women support group, which will offer a safe place for deaf women with common experiences and concerns. The program will include deaf women from all walks of life, including: senior citizens, refugees, single moms, LGBTQ, young adults, those facing isolation, domestic and sexual violence as well as those needing addiction and mental health referrals.

In addition, Lockheed Martin provided funding for a program that serves female veterans and/or science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education:

Wells College received $4, 678 in support of a STEAM workshop for ten high-achieving female high school students in Cayuga County.

Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Agency received $8,000 to work with a consultant to develop a program that will promote financial self-sufficiency and independence among survivors of domestic violence.

Child Care Solutions received $8,400 to assess the current state of child care in Cayuga and Onondaga counties to learn the best way to support women that use child care services.

Early Childhood Alliance received $7,500 to hire a consultant as it prepares for the launch of Help Me Grow Onondaga, a new initiative designed to support parents and children in the first five years of life.

Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation received $3,000 to assess programming and partnerships to better serve women and girls by helping them drive contemporary social change.

Syracuse Northeast Community Center (SNCC) received $7,000 to support its Northeast Women’s Health Study, which will gather data about women on the Northside to help reduce the rates of teen pregnancies.

In addition, Lockheed Martin provided the funding to award one grant to a program that serves female veterans and/or science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education:

Clear Path for Veterans received $3,000 to support the integration of software which will allow Clear Path to better support female veterans, active duty, reserve and guard members.

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