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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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

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Publications November 21, 2022

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Blogs July 13, 2022

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Blogs June 15, 2022

Seniors Find Support for Unmet Needs

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Group of teens sitting at a table
Publications November 21, 2022

Adding New Flavor to Grantmaking with Participatory Budgeting

Giving Voice Fall 2022: Granting Matters

Six young people gather in front of mural at Boys & Girls Clubs
Publications October 6, 2022

Turning the Corner: A Rationale for the Next Step in Our Performance Management Work

Colby Cyrus, CAPM and Frank Ridzi, Ph.D. examine the impact the CNYCF's Performance Management Learning ...

Children standing with paramedic
News Releases September 28, 2022

$240,000 in Grants Awarded to Black-Led Organizations

Seventeen grants from our Black Equity & Excellence Fund totaling $240,000 were distributed to support ...

News Releases August 31, 2022

Layla's Got You Assists in EITC Education

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable tax credit geared towards middle, and ...

Central New York Community Foundation at Juneteenth Parade
News Releases August 15, 2022

Black Philanthropy Month | Juneteenth Inc. Receives $2,500 for Festival and Parade

Last month’s Juneteenth parade, a city-wide expression of pride, brought together the Black community in ...

Lead Free Kids New York at assembly
Publications July 19, 2022

Lead Free Kids New York Receives $25,000 to End Childhood Lead Poisoning

Central New York is home to various features to be proud of. However, it is ...

Children on the playground
Blogs July 13, 2022

North Syracuse Early Education Program Receives $30,000 for Inclusive Playground

For children who are eager to spend time with their friends but have physical impairments, ...

Older woman sits at a table
Blogs June 15, 2022

Seniors Find Support for Unmet Needs

Interfaith Works has received $35,000 to assist low-income, older adults in the waning stages of ...

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