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All Programs & Initiatives

The Community Foundation strives to improve the lives of Central New Yorkers through various grantmaking and community initiatives. Our grants and initiatives focus on specific areas of interest and community need. View a full list of our opportunities for the local nonprofit community below. To view a listing of all our programs, check out our Community Investment Brochure here.

Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund

The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund's mission is to strengthen and support efforts that advance and have a positive impact on vocational rehabilitation services.

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Black Equity & Excellence

Our Black Equity & Excellence funding priority focuses on building community dialogue, increasing the capacity of Black-led organizations that are serving historically underserved communities, and supporting projects that counteract systemic racism. 

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CNY Vitals

This ‘state of the community’ website provides a common source of data and interactive visualizations on critical topics that affect the health and progress of our region in order to inform community members, spur discussion, identify emerging issues and plan community investments.

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Cayuga Community Fund

The Cayuga Community Fund provides grants to not-for-profit organizations that directly benefit the residents of Cayuga County.

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Collaborative Community Programs

The Community Foundation partners with local community leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors on various efforts to find innovative and effective solutions to community-wide issues.

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Community Grant Program

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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Cortland County Bright Ideas Program

The Cortland County Bright Ideas Program provides grants to nonprofit organizations that directly benefit the residents of Cortland County.


Greater Pulaski Community Endowment Fund

The Pulaski Endowment Fund provides grants to nonprofit  organizations addressing community needs in the village of Pulaski and the town of Richland in Oswego County.

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Understanding that lead poisoning undercuts all community efforts to help children reach their fullest potential, LeadSafeCNY tackles this issue through multiple approaches including funding, impact investing and collaboration to support lead-free housing construction, existing home renovations, community outreach and training, workforce development, public policy and more.

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The Central New York Community Foundation is sponsoring a program of professional and personal development designed specifically for our next generation of leaders.


Literacy Initiatives

The Community Foundation continues its commitment to address the issue of literacy across the lifespan through its grantmaking and community leadership.
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Madison County Rural Poverty Fund

The Community Foundation is committed to supporting poverty-related causes in Madison County through multiple approaches including funding, impact investing and community leadership.
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Marsellus Executive Development Program

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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Oswego County Community Foundation

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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Performance Management

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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Staff Advancement Initiative

The Staff Advancement Initiative invests in the professional development of non-management or entry-level management employees at nonprofit agencies.

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Strategic Partnership Fund

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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The Leadership Classroom (TLC)

The Leadership Classroom (TLC) is a program for residents or grassroots groups that are or want to be active in improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods.

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Women’s Fund of Central New York

The Women's Fund of Central New York supports projects that improve the lives of women and girls.

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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