Fiscal Year 2021

411 Publishing & Media (Fiscal Sponsor: On Point for College) received $11,000 to create the Syracuse Black Expo Business Online Directory that will serve as one location for people to access multiple Black-owned businesses online.

Black Cub Productions (Fiscal Sponsor: 100 Black Men of Syracuse, Inc.) received $25,000 to host a 10-week program for 7th-12th grade students that focuses on video production and creative skills around storytelling.

Fearless Queens (Fiscal Sponsor: Syracuse Community Connections) received $4,600 for its Queens Level Up Initiative, a virtual/in-person workshop master class series targeted to Black women.

God’s Temple of Faith received $7,000 for its Second Hand Closet initiative, which provides wardrobe, styling, and career enhancement services to potential job candidates.

Jubilee Homes of Syracuse received $50,000 for its Build to Work workforce development programming, which helps bridge the gap between “employers’ wants and workers’ needs” through hands-on case management.

Salat Ali (Fiscal Sponsor: HopePrint) received $10,000 to create a documentary that depicts and brings attention to the experiences of being a Black, Refugee, and Muslim identified person in America.

NRJ Consulting, LLC (Fiscal Sponsor: It Takes a Village, Inc.) received $10,000 for its online training series to help Black business owners increase awareness about their services and products.

Option Zero (Fiscal Sponsor: Fight for Hearts) received $10,000 to renovate its youth recreational facility where students are provided with tutoring, emotional and physical training and life skills.

Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company received $15,000 to establish Preserve and Grow, a legacy and succession planning project.

Powerful Voices App (Fiscal Sponsor: YWCA) received $41,873 to expand the Powerful Voices, a phone application that will serve as a civic engagement tool.

Street Addiction Institute received $18,300 for First T.E.A.M., a prevention program that provides support to Black youth living in high gunshot cluster neighborhoods.

The Joe Family Foundation for Disability Advocacy received $12,131 for Healing through Art Therapy, an arts-based program used to counteract trauma for Black youth.

The William Herbert Johnson Bar Association of Central New York received $18,290 to host educational forums, events and panels for its Black Legal Association, which is the only minority bar association in Central New York.

UrbanTsyr (Fiscal Sponsor: Near Westside Initiative) received $8,000 to create a digital information repository for social, cultural and education events, activities and programming for Black people and people of color.

Women of PEARLS (Fiscal Sponsor: 100 Black Men of Syracuse) received $11,000 for its Black Women empowerment programming, which addresses the economic, professional, and health disparities faced by African-American women.

Artwork by Jaleel Campbell, LLC (Fiscal Sponsor: Community Folk Art Center) received $10,000 to support its “Feel the Funk Experience” and doll-making workshop to help bring local Black artists and entrepreneurs into the same space to build and grow among one another.

Community Folk Art Center received $20,000 to host virtual Black-art exhibitions and virtual art classes for the community.

Dunbar Association received $60,000 in operating support to help address the existing racial inequities in health outcomes among African Americans.

Focusing Our Resources for Community Enlightenment received $7,365 to host virtual CPR training and disaster preparedness in the Black community.

Hope 4 Us Training Program (Fiscal Sponsor: Funds for the Environment) received $10,080 to provide workforce training and certification assistance for Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE).

Juhanna Rogers LLC (Fiscal Sponsor: WCNY) received $40,000 to produce and publicize the second season of the public TV series, “Behind the Woman,” which provides leadership training tips and advice for young women of color.

Kilpatrick Media and Marketing (Fiscal Sponsor: Joan Hillsman Music Network) received $9,400 to create a new podcast to elevate Black voices by providing the platform for individuals to share their stories.

PGR Foundation received $10,000 to launch its Back to School Pandemic Preparation Workshop series to encourage COVID-19 safety best practices to its mentees.

Sankofa N.E.S.T. received $11,850 to launch the Griot Guide Project, which is a culture-centered initiative for Black youth.

Syracuse Community Connections received $53,000 to expand its free therapy sessions for the Black community in partnership with the Marriage and Family Therapy Center at Syracuse University.

The Creators Lounge (Fiscal Sponsor: Syracuse Community Connections) received $11,000 to support its Black-Owned Impact Fund that help generate economic activity in the local Black-owned business community.

Village Birth International received $50,000 to hire Black doulas and purchase materials for Black maternal health community outreach and education.

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