We offer a number of grant programs that seek to bring about positive change and impact while honoring diversity and building inclusion within and across our many communities. The following programs provide responsive support to projects that enhance the lives of residents within Onondaga, Madison, Cayuga, Cortland and Oswego counties.

Our largest funding opportunity, the Community Grant program accepts applications from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties 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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The Black Equity & Excellence 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.

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

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The DoVES Fund supports projects that provide aid to victims of domestic violence.

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An effort to support poverty-related efforts in Madison County through funding, impact investing and community leadership.

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A program that awards mini-grants to cover the costs of environmental improvement projects.

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The Strategic Partnership Fund supports organizations seeking to create new synergies in and between nonprofits, such as mergers and affiliations, 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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Affiliate Funds

The Cayuga Community Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations that directly benefit the residents of Cayuga County.

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The Pulaski 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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The Oswego County Community Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations that directly benefit the residents of Oswego County.

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

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Deadline Calendar

Our grant opportunities are offered at various times over the course of the year.

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Reporting

Reports assist us in assessing our grantmaking efforts.

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Community Investment Stories

Stories October 19, 2021

Brady Market: Building Hope and Sustainability (through an Agency Fund)

“Day one you come in and you are paid even for your work on your ...

Group of individuals standing together
News Releases September 30, 2021

$248,000 in Grants Distributed to Black-Led Organizations to Support Black Business, Youth and Building Generational Wealth

The Community Foundation recently distributed a new round of grants from its Black Equity & ...

Stories August 26, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | UrbanTSyr

The Black Equity & Excellence Fund allowed for optimization of UrbanTsyr online content with professionally ...

Stories August 26, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company

Through the generous support of the Community Foundation’s Black Equity & Excellence Fund we produced, ...

Stories August 25, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | Dunbar Association

Knowing that initiatives such as the BE&E Fund believes in your vision helps wounds become ...

Linda Smith stand next to a student at a long table during a literacy class session.
Stories August 11, 2021

The Learning Place Finds New Home at the North Side Learning Center

A strategic partnership expands adult language and literacy programs on the Northside.

Stories July 12, 2021

Rescue Mission to Open 10-Bed-Shelter for Homeless and Runaway Youth

The shelter will provide a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ youth.

Stories June 28, 2021

THE MOST Empowers Black Youth to Explore STEM Careers Through New After-School Mentorship Program

We provided The MOST with $17,250 to launch Future Innovators, an after-school program that brings ...

News Releases June 25, 2021

LeadSafeCNY: A Glimpse at our Neighborhood Investments

View a new heat map and video demonstrating the impact of our neighborhood investments so ...

Stories October 19, 2021

Brady Market: Building Hope and Sustainability (through an Agency Fund)

“Day one you come in and you are paid even for your work on your ...

Group of individuals standing together
News Releases September 30, 2021

$248,000 in Grants Distributed to Black-Led Organizations to Support Black Business, Youth and Building Generational Wealth

The Community Foundation recently distributed a new round of grants from its Black Equity & ...

Stories August 26, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | UrbanTSyr

The Black Equity & Excellence Fund allowed for optimization of UrbanTsyr online content with professionally ...

Stories August 26, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company

Through the generous support of the Community Foundation’s Black Equity & Excellence Fund we produced, ...

Stories August 25, 2021

8/28 Day Spotlight | Dunbar Association

Knowing that initiatives such as the BE&E Fund believes in your vision helps wounds become ...

Linda Smith stand next to a student at a long table during a literacy class session.
Stories August 11, 2021

The Learning Place Finds New Home at the North Side Learning Center

A strategic partnership expands adult language and literacy programs on the Northside.

Stories July 12, 2021

Rescue Mission to Open 10-Bed-Shelter for Homeless and Runaway Youth

The shelter will provide a safe and affirming environment for LGBTQIA+ youth.

Stories June 28, 2021

THE MOST Empowers Black Youth to Explore STEM Careers Through New After-School Mentorship Program

We provided The MOST with $17,250 to launch Future Innovators, an after-school program that brings ...

News Releases June 25, 2021

LeadSafeCNY: A Glimpse at our Neighborhood Investments

View a new heat map and video demonstrating the impact of our neighborhood investments so ...

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