2022 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2021-March 31, 2022)

We distributed $1,059,135 in community grants and $20,000 in LeadSafeCNY grants to charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field of interest funds. Grants funded innovative projects in the areas of: arts and culture, civic affairs, education, health, human services and the environment.

ARTS, CULTURE & HUMANITIES

Musical Associates of Central New York- $35,000

Implement a Diversity Fellowship and a literacy/music project for the elementary schools feeding into Corcoran High School

EDUCATION

Center for Community Alternatives- $15,000

Launch its Youth Violence and Peer Leadership Program which provides education and peer leadership training opportunities to Syracuse youth impacted by violence

Mercy Works- $30,000

Expand its Synergy and Digital Music Labs that are components of its career pathways program

ENVIORNMENT & ANIMALS

Cazenovia Preservation Foundation- $64,000

Purchase a 27.5-acre property in Cazenovia, NY, for habitat and open space conservation and to provide public access to the Sherman’s Gulch Trail

Central New York Land Trust- $150,000

Support enhanced outdoor recreation and water quality at the Albanese Preserve at the R.J. Vitkus Conservation Area of Skaneateles Lake

Charles N. Gordon Wildlife Rehabilitation Center- $10,000

Construct a plumbed building to assist with wildlife rehabilitation efforts

Friends of Rosamond Gifford Zoo- $50,000

Construct a 20,000 square-foot free standing animal health center that will replace the current medical clinic

Friends of Wildlife- $2,000

Purchase a new security camera at the Webster Pond

HEALTHCARE

Community Memorial Hospital Foundation- $50,000

Renovate and expand its Emergency, Radiology, Lab and Rehab departments

The Upstate Foundation- $50,000

Support the Golisano Center for Special Needs– AccessCNY Sensory Movement Exploration Center which promotes physical activity and wellness for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities

HUMAN SERVICES

CDS Wolf Foundation- $33,000

Construct Monarch Commons, affordable and supportive housing community that will serve homeless veterans

Chadwick Residence- $20,000

Implement a new Senior Resident Advisor position to facilitate the HEAL Together Program that focuses on increasing independent living skills for homeless women

Chenango Nursery School- $4,350

Purchase new software to create a safe and reliable communication space for parents and caregivers

Exceptional Family Resources- $30,000

Create service provider and client matching software to make connections more efficient and mutually beneficial

Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation- $25,000

Hire Peacemaking staff to coordinate a new Community Impact Team, which is a resident-based group

Gigi’s Playhouse of Syracuse- $5,785

Host its Amina Grace Speech & Language Program which provides free 1-on-1 speech therapy

Inclusive Alliance IPA- $45,000

Compose and implement a business and sustainability plan

McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center- $50,000

Hire new therapists to increase staff diversity to work with clientele representative of the larger population

Refugee & Immigrant Self-Empowerment- $27,000

Purchase a passenger van to transport New Americans participating in the Syracuse Refugee Agriculture Program where they grow culturally appropriate crops to improve their own food access

Volunteer Lawyers Project- $50,000

Expand its Immigration Program that supports New Americans with legal services

Whole Me, Inc- $25,000

Create a succession plan to help facilitate a smooth transition as the organization experiences a change in senior leadership

Workers Justice Center- $5,000

Conduct a landscape analysis to help create more targeted education and outreach to farms and farm labor institutions in Madison and Onondaga counties

PUBLIC & SOCIETAL BENEFIT

Greater Syracuse Land Bank- $50,000

Restore a nationally registered historic church on the Southside

Greater Syracuse Works- $40,000

Launch workforce development programs in response to increased needs within the community

The George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation- $18,000

Make necessary renovations to its historical building on James Street

Oneida Community Mansion House- $50,000

Support its Save the Roof preservation project that protects its historical building by repairing roofs and masonry

TNT-Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today- $75,000

Replace a spray fountain at Washington Square Park

$20,000 IN LEADSAFECNY GRANTS DISTRIBUTED

Hopeprint- $10,000

Support initial development of the NExT Microneighborhood initiative on the Northside of Syracuse, creating safe and affordable homes for local residents

WCNY- $10,000

Support for its LeadSafeCNY Public Service Announcements to inform families of the dangers of lead paint in homes

2021 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2020-March 31, 2021)

We distributed $203,850  to charitable organizations Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field of interest funds and $175,000 in LeadSafeCNY grants, totaling $378,850,

Education

On Point for College received $53,400 to provide career, college access and college success services for students.

Health

Alzheimer’s Association received $25,000 to maintain its 24/7 Support Line service that serves as a lifeline for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers needing support.

SUNY Upstate Foundation received $15,000 to launch a program that promotes physical fitness for youth with vision impairments.

SUNY Upstate Foundation received $30,000 for year one of three to hire a nurse coordinator for its Pediatric Kidney Transplant and Chronic Kidney Disease Center.

SUNY Upstate Foundation received $31,200 to conduct research to determine the changes in cardio-respiratory functions during seizures

Human Services

Catholic Charities received $49,250 to support the third year of its Dignity Works program, which provides job opportunities to individuals facing obstacles that make it difficult to find their way out of poverty.

LeadSafeCNY Grants

Central/Eastern NY Lead Poisoning Resource Center received $25,000 to purchase Lead Care II Machines for medical practices that serve neighborhoods where elevated blood lead levels are high.

City of Syracuse received $150,000 to support the city –wide HUD lead remediation program.

We awarded $539,877 in grants to 19 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field of interest funds.

ARTS CULTURE & HUMANITIES

Everson Museum of Art received $40,500 to hire a fulltime grant writer to help increase its fundraising capacity, programming and inclusion initiatives.

Museum of Science & Technology Foundation (MOST) received $17,250 to launch a new after-school mentorship program for Black youth that will guide them through career exploration in the areas of science, technology, skilled trades and manufacturing.

Syracuse Children’s Theatre received $14,837 to hire a student success specialist to support students of all abilities so that its arts recreation is inclusive for all children.

Syracuse Stage received $25,000 to support racial equity training for its staff and board using artistic projects that highlight the voices of people of color.

EDUCATION

The Reading League Syracuse received $45,000 to produce reading lessons geared toward Pre-K-3rd graders that will air on WCNY for students impacted by COVID-19.

ENVIRONMENT

Skaneateles Lake Association received $50,000 to develop an in-person and virtual curriculum for its Emerging Scientists Program that teaches students about watershed science.

SUNY ESF received $36,070 to conduct a land restoration project to improve the water quality of Skaneateles Lake.

YWCA Syracuse & Onondaga County received $18,500 to host programming for girls ages 5-18 to help build self-resilience, confidence and set future goals.

HUMAN SERVICEs

A Tiny Home for Good Syracuse received $35,000 to restore property that will serve as its headquarters.

Brady Faith Center received $60,000 to create a workforce development plan for its new apprenticeship program at Brady Market.

David’s Refuge received $27,500 to increase program accessibility, outreach and increase partnerships with people of color to diversify its client base and staff and decrease racial disparity.

Fiver Children’s Foundation New York received $10,000 to host diversity, equity and inclusion assessments, trainings and community workshops to help with the creation of a strategic plan.

The Haven at Skanda received $25,000 to hire a consultant to create a new strategic plan that will allow for growth, expansion and the sustainability of its programming.

Junior Achievement of Central Upstate NY received $15,000 to launch a new youth entrepreneurial program and support its financial literacy programs for students in Syracuse.

PGR Foundation received $25,099 to purchase technology equipment and hire tutors for its Back to School Pandemic Preparation Series.

Vesta Community Housing Development received $30,000 to purchase a van to safely transport Veterans to and from appointments.

PUBLIC & SOCIETAL BENEFIT

City of Syracuse received $65,000 to support its Lead Abatement Program and launch workforce training and certification for housing code inspectors.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County received $65,131 to support its curbside market program, which is a collaborative of farmers, local nonprofits and human service organizations that provides fresh and healthy grocery items to Madison County residents.

Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today received $4,000 to launch a social and digital media campaign to continue its Lead Poisoning Education and Awareness Project.

We awarded $685,925 in grants to 24 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field of interest funds.

ARTS, CULTURE & HUMANITIES

Symphoria received $40,000 to support the costs of hosting virtual fall concerts.

Syracuse City Ballet received $36,900 for general operating bridge funding.

EDUCATION

Cazenovia Community Preschool received $30,000 to make capital improvements to its Snack Studio and Sensory Lab.

Erie Canalway received $19,780 to launch a cross-curriculum program with the Museum of Science and Technology (MoST) that combines STEM and History.

North Syracuse Early Education Program received $30,000 to build an inclusive playground.

Partners in Learning received $10,000 to support its Diversity in Early Education & Care initiative in Syracuse.

ENVIRONMENT

National Audubon Society received $12,500 to host virtual Onondaga Lake STEM Series for children and adults.

Northeast Organic Farming Association received $28,066 to transition to a web-based platform for farmers and consumers.

Onondaga Environmental Institute received $28,155 to create a stream monitoring program for youth in Syracuse and the Onondaga Nation.

HEALTHCARE

American Red Cross received $28,000 to purchase a new Community Emergency vehicle for blood donation transportation services.

HUMAN SERVICES

Advocates received $25,000 to conduct job training in partnership with AccessCNY and its Provisions Bakery program that prepares individuals of all abilities for the workforce.

Aurora of CNY received $50,000 to redesign its central databases for more efficient agency operations.

CNY Jazz received $15,000 to support costs associated with converting in-person programming to an online platform.

Community Options received $18,451 to upgrade its technology for job training and placement programming.

Empire Housing Development received $26,000 to make capital improvements to its office building at 643 Park Ave.

Heritage Farm received $31,616 for technology upgrades and SMART boards to assist with virtual programming.

Madison Cortland ARC received $50,000 for general operating bridge funding.

Ophelia’s Place received $30,000 for general operating bridge funding.

PEACE, Inc. received $38,157 to purchase a van for its Meals-to-Go service and deliver meals to seniors.

SAGE Upstate received $20,000 to convert in-person programming to an online platform.

Syracuse Rescue Mission received $50,000 to fund a program manager at the Runaway and Homeless Shelter for LGBTQ youth.

Table Community Food Pantry received $15,000 to build additional storage space for its food distribution program.

PUBLIC & SOCIETAL BENEFIT

Partnership for Community Development received $13,300 to purchase and install new signage along the Chenango Canal Towpath Trail.

Volunteer Lawyers Project received $40,000 for general operating expenses to accommodate an increase in COVID-19-related case management.

2020 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2019-March 31, 2020)

We distributed $146,654 in grants to eight charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Human Services

Catholic Charities received $49,250 to fund a manager position for its job training program.

Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network received $28,904 to purchase a van to increase access to healthcare services.

WHOLE ME received $45,000 to Make HVAC system improvements and install security equipment.

Small Grants

Aurora of CNY received $5,600 to support its Hearing Aid Program that provides children with hearing aids.

Contact Community Services received $7,000 to develop a Healthy Homes website.

Good Life Youth Foundation received $5,500 to expand its imprinting program that provides youth with job training.

Onondaga County Health Department Lead Poisoning Prevention Program received $10,000 to support the relocation of families with children that have elevated blood lead levels.

REACH CNY received $3,800 to purchase portable cribs for its Cribs for Kids Program

WE distributed nearly $850,000 in grants to 20 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Arts at the Palace received $20,000 to support Script to Stage, an arts-based residency program at the Palace Theater in Hamilton, NY.

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse received $31,300 to support its in-school arts education program, which brings high-quality performances into local schools to encourage curiosity and passion for the arts.

Point of Contact received $9,000 to expand its El Punto Art Studio program, which provides cultural educational experiences for youth populations.

Redhouse Arts Center received $75,000 to support the Fences and Fun Home productions, which directly address issues related to diversity within the Syracuse area.

Syracuse Community Choir received $19,000 to fund a part-time Managing Director to assist in the capacity building and succession planning of the organization.

Syracuse Poster Project received $20,052 to hire a salesperson to diversify revenue streams and expand the presence of civic arts kiosks around the City of Syracuse.

WCNY received $23,118 to upgrade its streaming infrastructure by converting a recording booth.

Education

Le Moyne College received $90,000 to collaborate with Syracuse University to promote civic engagement amongst students, faculty and the community.

SUNY Morrisville College Foundation received $25,000 to conduct educational outreach to SUNY Morrisville and the surrounding community for its recycling program.

Syracuse University/Advancement & External Affairs received $67,296 to collaborate with the Skaneateles Lake Association to better predict and prevent Harmful Algal Blooms on Skaneateles Lake.

Environment & Animals

Cornell Cooperative Extension/Madison County received $35,000 to host a series of facilitated ‘Food for Thought’ dinner conversations to bridge the divide between farmers and consumers in order to build community and positively impact farmer mental health.

The Great Swamp Conservancy received $12,038 to install a parking lot for visitor safety and convenience.

Healthcare

Crouse Health Foundation received $150,000 to build a new facility for its Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services located on Erie Boulevard in Syracuse.

Human Services

Boys & Girls Clubs received $25,000 to launch the Junior Staff Program for youth who are looking to explore a career in the human service field.

Ignatian Volunteer Corps received $7,000 to provide health and human services for New Americans being served at All Saints Church.

On Point for College received $60,000 to create a full-time staff position to recruit, train, and manage volunteers, increasing On Point’s capacity to serve low-income students.

Purpose Farm received $33,900 to hire a part time Development Director who will help create new fundraising streams to ensure long-term sustainability.

Vera House received $50,000 for data management software and technology upgrades.

Public & Societal Benefit

New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation received $70,000 to continue civic engagement activities surrounding the I-81 project and Environmental Impact Study results.

Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice received $17,500 to make ADA-compliant upgrades to its building.

We distributed $731,745 in grants to 25 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation received $27,000 to complete renovations to the lower level of its theater.

Museum of Science & Technology Foundation received $22,000 to purchase a permanent dinosaur exhibit and cafeteria seating for its new student dining space.

Onondaga Historical Association received $25,000 to conduct research, development, and artifact selection for the Brewseum, a museum on the brewing history in Syracuse and Onondaga County, located within the Iron Pier facility.

Skaneateles Festival received $16,500 to expand digital and social media programs to improve audience engagement and customer relations. Syracuse City Ballet received $20,900 to purchase office equipment and technology upgrades to operate more efficiently.

Syracuse International Film Festival received $18,000 to support the 2019 October film festival. The purpose of the festival is to help increase civic participation and community vitality by opening up the world of film literacy to the Central New York community.

Syracuse Stage received $25,000 to make Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) mandated upgrades that include re-banding and replacing wireless devices for hearing impaired patrons.

Education

Hamilton Central School received $17,995 to purchase virtual welding hardware and software for use in the Agriculture Education programs of three school districts in Madison County – Hamilton, Madison and Stockbridge Valley.

National Math Foundation received $20,000 to purchase marketing materials, supplies and refreshments for its Young Leaders United program. The program helps the United Way of CNY through donations, fundraising, volunteering and advocacy.

Environment & Animals

Central New York Land Trust received $60,000 to establish an Outdoor Watershed Education Center on Skaneateles Lake.

Helping Hounds Dog Rescue received $100,000 to renovate its new facility, which includes expanded educational opportunities.

Town of Nelson was awarded $20,000 to create an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant multi-use trail.

Healthcare

Action for Healthy Kids received $50,000 to support the Game On program to promote healthy lifestyles.

Jewish Home of Central New York received $23,650 to install a new security system.

Loretto Health & Rehabilitation Center received $75,000 to purchase classroom equipment for its Training Center of the Future.

Human Services

Community Action Partnership for Madison County received $20,000 to continue its Transitional Housing and STEHP programs. The STEHP program provides housing to people facing homelessness and helps people facing eviction with the resources to stay in their home while the Transitional Housing program provides families with housing as they work towards housing stability.

Food Bank of CNY received $50,000 to renovate a portion of its warehouse to expand the capacity of its volunteer program and maximize distribution efforts.

The Haven at Skanda received $20,000 to weatherize its barn to accommodate year-round programming.

Image Initiative received $15,000 to expand the CHOICES program for SCSD high school girls.

Junior Achievement of Central Upstate New York received $10,000 to expand its extended learning, afterschool and business programs.

Legal Services of Central New York received $25,000 to support internal and external activities including an equity audit, equity plan, training, and an advocacy plan.

McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site received $36,100 to make HVAC system improvements and install intercom equipment to increase safety measures.

Mercy Works received $13,000 to develop career and life-skill development programming.

Salvation Army of Syracuse received $64,000 to renovate two elevators at its central office to provide visitors and staff with a dependable way to access the building.

YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley – Oneida received $18,000 to renovate and upgrade its HVAC system.

2019 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2018-March 31, 2019)

We distributed $134,926 in grants to five charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Human Services

Catholic Charities received $49,250 to launch a workforce training program for individuals facing poverty. The program will provide participants with an opportunity learn the necessary skills to become employed and contribute to the economy. The Community Foundation’s grant is renewable for up to three years, and matched in partnership with the Allyn Family Foundation, to provide a pathway to sustainability for this key workforce development effort.

WHOLE ME received $35,900 to expand its afterschool program in collaboration with the Syracuse City School District. The program provides increased access to communication and improved literacy skills to deaf and hard-of-hearing children and families in CNY.

Public & Societal Benefit

United Way of CNY received $45,000 to purchase technology equipment for its new office location.

Small Grants

Good Life Philanthropic Youth Foundation received $976 to purchase supplies and equipment for its “Good Lawn Day” program where youth have hands-on experience in entrepreneurship by tending to lawns in the community.

McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center received $3,800 to fund prevention, intervention and education efforts related to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

We distributed nearly $700,000 in grants to 17 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Everson Museum received $50,000 to launch a rebranding initiative and marketing plan to broaden its outreach.

The Landmark Theatre received $75,000 to install a new sound system that enhances the visitor experience.

Education

Hillside Children’s Foundation received $50,000 to provide a Regents preparatory program for at-risk youth.

Environment & Animals

ESF College Foundation received $60,000 to hire a full-time educator for its Waterfowl and Wetlands Conservation program that provides students with guidance while out in the field conducting research.

Friends of Rogers received $13,500 to purchase a 15-passenger van to help Madison County residents have better access its programming.

Health

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Foundation received $8,897 to replace carpeting in its Wound Care Center to prevent contamination and public health issues.

Human Services

Access CNY received $75,000 to replace its elevator and HVAC system to ensure visitor safety and comfort.

Advocates received $10,000 to conduct training sessions for staff and individuals to learn how to electronically access case records and service options.

Aurora CNY received $14,400 for its children’s hearing aid program that provides audiology and hearing services for families and children.

InterFaith Works received $30,000 to support its One to One program, which matches volunteers with aging residents in facilities that may not have loved ones to visit.

Neighborhood Innovations received $100,000 to purchase an emergency generator for its Freedom Commons apartment building, which contains affordable apartments and a homeless shelter in Syracuse.

Purpose Farm received $24,975 to purchase a new tractor that will be used daily and year-round by volunteers and during its youth mentoring sessions.

Rescue Mission Alliance received $36,760 to install seamless dividers to prevent the spread and breeding of bedbugs within its shelter sleeping areas.

Syracuse Model Neighborhood Corporation received $45,000 to purchase new kitchen equipment for its new Community Cafe on Syracuse’s Southside. The Cafe will be the home of a new culinary training program for at-risk individuals.

Syracuse University received $19,760 to support a new training program through its Falk School in collaboration with MAMI for interpreters and psychotherapists that work with resettled refugees in Syracuse.

Women’s Opportunity Center received $37,000 to purchase a new van that will transport women to other skill-building activities off-site.

Public & Societal Benefit

United Way of CNY received $45,000 to purchase technology equipment for its new office location.

We distributed nearly $300,000 in grants to 11 charitable organizations our Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Erie Canal Museum received $30,000 to hire a full-time museum educator to increase its capacity to provide arts education to local children and visitors of the museum.

National Railway Historical Society received $35,000 to restore a historical railroad caboose to protect it from further deterioration.

Redhouse Arts Center received $42,500 to hire a technical director to help manage all three of its theaters effectively.

Education

Chenango Nursery School received $10,000 to launch a music program for children that includes singing, movement and instrumental play.

Oneida Area Day Care Center received $15,000 to replace its roof to protect classrooms from future leakage and mold that pose a danger to children.

Environment & Animals

Orenda Springs Experiential Learning Center received $31,532 to purchase a new tractor that will allow for year-long use and more easily maintain its 140 acres of property.

Human Services

LAUNCH CNY received $25,000 to purchase furniture that will accommodate its growing staff and client base.

Syracuse Cooperative Federal Credit Union received $70,000 to convert its core information management system to a more affordable, robust and efficient platform.

Small Grants

Chadwick Residence received $4,000 to hire a part-time Resident Advisor to facilitate weekly house meetings for homeless women to learn independent living skills.

Chenango Nursery School received $10,000 to launch a music program for children that includes singing, movement and instrumental play.

Move Along received $8,500 to purchase wheelchair accessible tennis equipment for people of all abilities to participate in adaptive sports.

The Partnership for Community Development received $10,000 to produce marketing materials to help increase membership and program offerings in the Hamilton area.

We distributed more than $500,000 in grants to 23 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Symphoria received $30,000 to launch a series of performances featuring the work of women composers. The series will highlight the role of women as change makers with a focus on the suffrage movement.

Syracuse City Ballet received $21,942 to purchase storage and in-house performance equipment to create a more transformable space.

Education

The Reading League received $20,523 to initiate training for reading coaches in Central New York schools. This will provide teachers with the necessary skills to further support children that have difficulty reading or writing.

Environment & Animals

National Audubon Society received $9,440 to launch STEM programming for Syracuse City School District students.

Natural Heritage Trust received $25,000 to develop and install interpretive exhibits at Green Lakes State Park. The new exhibits will provide guests with observational tools to enhance learning and exploration.

Health

Liberty Resources received $50,000 to expand the services and hours of operation at its Integrated Care Clinic, as well as begin a pediatric program. This expansion will provide families with increased access to healthcare services in one central location. Syracuse Jewish Family Services received $25,000 to implement a Mind Aerobics program that will provide brain health services for elderly residents.

Human Services

Building Men received $20,750 to expand its Building Men program in Syracuse City School District high schools. The program provides young men with character building, resume and cover letter writing, interview, time management and goal setting skills.

Clear Path for Veterans received $35,075 to track and measure outcomes of client participation. This will allow staff to identify service gaps and make necessary programming adjustments.

Dunbar Association received $15,000 to replace furniture and purchase equipment for its Youth Esteem program space. This includes the purchase of a smart-board to provide interactive instruction in its after-school sessions.

The First Tee received $32,000 to purchase an environmentally friendly tractor for its grounds. The new tractor will prevent future waste and support the organization’s sustainability.

Haven at Skanda received $20,000 to expand its Summer at Skanda program for at-risk youth that are behind their grade level in social development. The program empowers children with daily leadership and decision making activities.

Matthew 25 Farm received $15,000 to construct a second in-ground greenhouse to increase distribution of its produce for local food pantries.

New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation received $35,000 to hire a project manager to lead a newly launched civic engagement campaign around I-81 replacement and repair.

PEACE, Inc. received $75,000 to replace the roof at its Eastside Family Resource Center.

The People Project received $25,250 to purchase kitchen equipment for Hope Café, which offers programming and support for people struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, job loss, mental health issues and more.

Vera House received $25,000 to purchase a generator to prevent disruption in critical services.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County received $40,500 to hire a consultant to conduct an internal audit to revise practices and policies with a focus on anti-racism to improve the workplace, and develop a comprehensive anti-racism training for the legal community.

Small Grants

Heritage Farm received $2,055 to purchase equipment that will enable overnight respite services for clients with epilepsy.

Izaak Walton League received $2,476 to expand the Young Naturalists of CNY environmental education program to libraries in the City of Syracuse.

Light Work received $6,500 to launch a digital photography workshop in collaboration with the Lafayette Big Picture School. Students will learn creative ways to participate in civic engagement and hone their craft.

Madison County Department of Emergency Management received $10,000 to purchase and distribute smoke and carbon monoxide alarms to residents.

Skaneateles YMCA received $9,268 to replace strength equipment in its fitness area. The new equipment will ensure that members have full access to health improvement and preventative wellness needs.

2018 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018)

We distributed $112,400 in grants to six charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Education

Early Childhood Alliance received $75,000 towards programming designed to guarantee all children in Onondaga County are healthy, thriving and successful in school and life.

Environment & Animals

Cazenovia Preservation Foundation received $15,000 to restore its 2.5 mile Gorge Trail for all-season use by non-motorized visitors and to reduce current and future erosion and sedimentation into Chittenango Creek.

Small Grants

HearStrong Foundation received $5,000 to educate community members on the availability of hearing loss treatment.

PEACE, Inc. received $8,700 to train volunteers for its Foster Grandparent program, which provides low-income senior citizens the unique opportunity to share their lifetime of skills, talents, and abilities with children and young adults of all abilities.

REACH CNY received $3,700 to purchase new cribs for its Safe Sleep Education and Cribs for Kids programs, which provide parents with safe sleep education and portable cribs.

United Way of CNY received $5,000 to host Young Leaders United community forums for to engage professionals in making lasting positive changes in the community

We distributed $543, 034 in grants to 14 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Arts Culture & Humanities

Earlville Opera House received $20,000 to purchase a new heating system that will allow the theater to run its programming year round.

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse received $25,000 to expand its Sequential Dramatics program to provide arts enrichment in low-income schools with limited access to artistic programming.

Syracuse Stage received $25,000 to support Cold Read: A Festival of Hot New Plays. The new program will educate audiences on the process of new works and how to use theater to express themselves.

Education

Earlville Free Library received $18,858 to create a new children’s area, computer laboratory and teen lounge. The designated space will enhance the library’s ability to provide customized materials and services to children and youth.

The Positivity Project received $24,000 to build two new training programs for principals and teachers to foster and continue the growth of their knowledge of positive psychology to teach to their students.

Onondaga County Public Library received $21,579 to create a new area designated for children and teens. The addition will provide children and teens with a space for learning, one-on-one computer job assistance and early literacy programs.

Environment & Animals

Humane Association of CNY received $85,000 to rebuild and renovate its animal shelter. The new shelter will repair flooding from highway runoff and prevent the spread of infection caused by poor air circulation and filtration.

Health

Oneida Healthcare Center received $75,000 to expand its outpatient radiology facility. The expansion will provide access to various health services in one location.

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York received $30,000 to renovate its waiting room to create a safe welcoming environment for visitors.

Human Services

Aurora of CNY received $30,000 to launch Adult and Children Care Coordination Services, which will provide hearing and visually impaired individuals with improved health care coordination and management.

YMCA of Greater Syracuse received $150,000 to install a new elevator for its residence facility. The addition of the elevator will allow the program to increase capacity to serve more men, as well as increase the dignity of the environment in which they live.

Public & Societal Benefit

Friends of Camillus Park received $23,847 to purchase and install accessible outdoor fitness equipment. The new equipment will encourage increased activity for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Small Grants

Hillside Children’s Foundation received $9,750 to support the Swag Team program, which works to increase grades and lower high school dropout rates.

Junior League of Syracuse received $5,000 to purchase new electronic office equipment to allow for more efficient data gathering and effective programming.

We distributed $342,520 in grants to 11 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Arts Culture & Humanities

Museum of Science & Technology Foundation (MoST) received $59,975 to fund phase one of renovations to its traveling exhibit area.

Society for New Music received $19,500 to host an opera performance about Matilda Joslyn Gage in partnership with Syracuse City High Schools and Cazenovia College. The performance will educate youth about the important role that CNY native Matilda Joslyn Gage had in the Women’s Suffrage movement.

Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School received $19,000 to install a library to support its literacy program. The new library will serve and address the low literacy rates of students that live in underserved areas in the city of Syracuse.

Environment & Animals

Friends of Beaver Lake received $32,003 to create new exhibits that will provide visitors with a deeper awareness of the complexity of the ecosystem and the decisions that affect it.

Human Services

A Tiny Home for Good received $20,000 toward the development of a four-unit tiny home community to provide housing for individuals facing homelessness.

Good Life Youth Foundation received $56,123 to develop Good Life Enterprises, a social enterprise and job training program for youth facing poverty in Syracuse. The training will teach them the necessary skills to be successful in future job endeavors.

Person to Person Citizen Advocacy Association received $11,637 to hire a consultant to assist with organizational and fund development. The consultant will provide coaching and assistance for staff and board to obtain stable fundraising dollars.

Ronald McDonald House of CNY received $24,282 to support technology upgrades that will assist with growth in occupancy and fund development. The upgrades will increase the staff’s capacity to effectively manage day-to-day operations of guest services and donor management.

Skaneateles Early Childhood Center received $25,000 to replace its roof. The new roof will prevent water leakage and fix compromised barrier and insulation that could pose a danger risk to children.

United Way of CNY received $50,000 to expand the Street Addiction Institute, which provides trauma-related support to residents of neighborhoods affected by gun and gang violence.

We distributed $688,440 in grants to 23 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Arts Culture & Humanities

The Cora Foundation/Art Rage Gallery received $11,625 to create a photography exhibition featuring portraits of local women who have broken gender boundaries and fought for gender equality.

Everson Museum of Art received $150,000 to make repairs to its front podium to halt leakage into the building.

Oneida Community Mansion House received $31,202 to purchase improved security systems to better monitor and protect mobility of impaired individuals.

Symphoria received $22,000 to support its Canal Concerts, a collaboration with the Erie Canal Museum to present a concert series in celebration of the Canal’s Bicentennial.

Syracuse City Ballet received $15,000 to equip its new studio space that will allow the organization to increase the number of its performances and expand its youth outreach.

WAER-FM88 received $25,000 to build an interactive website that expands awareness, initiates a conversation, and promotes civic engagement around poverty in Syracuse.

Environment & Animals

Onondaga Earth Corps received $15,000 to design and implement a comprehensive and inclusive public input process for maintaining and growing Syracuse’s urban forest.

Skaneateles Lake Association received $27,000 to expand its Watershed Stewardship and educational programs to help protect lake water quality now and in the future.

Education

On Point for College received $45,000 to support the relocation of its headquarters to a larger, more efficient facility that supports programming and growth.

Health

ACR Health received $47,478 to hire a licensed mental health counselor for its Q Center. The Center serves as a safe space for LGBTQA youth to attend support groups, care management, drop-in hours and events.

Christian Health Service of Syracuse received $32,330 to replace computers, network switches and firewalls in its clinic to ensure privacy of patient information.

Family Counseling Services of Cortland County received $41,355 to purchase office equipment and furnishings for its new behavioral health clinic in Morrisville. The clinic will provide people living in the southern region of Madison County with access to quality behavioral health care services.

Human Services

American Red Cross of Central New York received $25,000 to support its Sound the Alarm, Save a Life smoke alarm installation and education program. The program will teach households in neighborhoods that do not have access to in-home fire safety checks how to safely install and manage fire alarms.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse received $35,460 to support its Daily 5 program, a literacy framework that builds effective lifelong learners in reading, writing and independent learning.

Chadwick Residence received $15,000 to renovate common areas with new furniture and accessories to create a more comfortable environment where women and their children feel empowered.

Hopeprint received $20,000 to support its Community Integration Coalition program that will help identify needs and direct refugee families to resources from a number of organizations upon resettlement.

Image Initiative received $15,000 to support the expansion of its CHOICES afterschool program for young women. The bi-weekly developmental program provides female youth from a diversity of neighborhoods with workshops focused on skill development and education.

Tillie’s Touch received $15,000 to purchase a 15-passenger van for the organization’s travel soccer program to help transport sports equipment and school supplies.

Women’s Opportunity Center received $55,000 to support its Journey to Success program, which works with low-income women who need intensive preparation to become job ready.

Public & Societal Benefit

Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice received $25,000 to install a wheelchair-accessible ramp on its first floor to make the entrance accessible for all visitors.

Small Grants

BRiDGES received $7,000 to establish a LGBTQA community coalition to implement community education programming and host events and support groups county-wide.

Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation received $6,900 to purchase and install digital audio visual upgrades including a new projector.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County received $6,000 to create an online directory of farms in Madison County to boost community development and education of farms.

2017 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017)

We distributed $288,319 in grants to 12 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Arts Culture & Humanities

Skaneateles Festival received $6,000 to support its 2017 season. The Festival brings together musicians from all over Central New York to provide creative and dynamic concert programming, education and outreach.

Society for New Music received $6,000 to launch the Composer-in-Residence program that will provide band and orchestra students at Henninger High School with mentors to help them create music.

Environment & Animals

The Haven at Skanda received $1,300 to build mobile duck houses that will protect endangered Magpie ducks and equine animals. The houses will improve the health of Magpie ducks and support the growth of its species.

Education

North Side Learning Center received $15,000 to launch Empowering Newcomers, a 24-week computer navigation and training program for New Americans. The training will introduce adults to internet use that will enable them to independently seek information and resources as they gain English language skills. Onondaga Community College Foundation received $100,000 to fund Say Yes to Education’s Summer Success Academy, a 5-week bridge program for Syracuse City School District graduates preparing to enroll in Onondaga Community College.

Health

St. Joseph’s Health Foundation received $15,194 to purchase two Spot Vision Screeners that will enhance early detection and treatment of amblyopia risk factors in young children.

The Upstate Foundation received $20,325 to conduct workshops for children with disabilities and co-occurring vision or hearing loss. The workshops will provide these children and their families with the skills to participate actively and independently in their communities and homes. In addition, Halo Sleep Sacks and Pack-N-Play Cribs will be provided at no cost to new mothers after receiving Safe Sleep training.

Human Services

Catholic Charities received $30,000 to maintain programming that provides initial resettlement services for refugees to help families adjust to life in Central New York.

Clear Path for Veterans received $9,500 to support its Dogs2Vets program, which provides veterans who are diagnosed with PTS/MST with a service or emotional support canine. Through the relationship with a canine partner, veterans can learn to focus on social engagement, positive outlooks and building trust.

Early Childhood Alliance received $50,000 to develop and implement several initiatives that seek to enhance early childhood education and wellness.

Interfaith Works received $30,000 to maintain programming that addresses the needs of refugees and provides them with resettlement services.

Public & Societal Benefit

Believe in Syracuse received $5,000 to support its ongoing Reading is Fun Block Party and Community & Caring programs. Both programs provide necessities to those living in poverty and encourage civic engagement in various neighborhoods throughout the City of Syracuse.

We distributed $419,607 in grants to 18 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Arts Culture & Humanities

CNY Arts received $25,000 to create a regional one-calendar system with Visit Syracuse that positions CNY as an arts and entertainment destination.

Onondaga Historical Association received $25,000 to support research, development and artifact selection for its new Brewseum. The Brewseum will explain the history behind the Brewing industry of Central New York, including details on immigration, architecture, prohibition, temperance and industry.

Stone Quarry Hill Art Park received $20,700 to support capital improvements to its Art Barn program area to create a safe environment for artists working in the space.

Syracuse Poster Project received $10,878 to purchase IT and office equipment to improve the work efficiency of its interns, volunteers and board members in the creation of civic poster art.

Syracuse Stage received $25,000 to bring its Backstory program to local schools. The program takes students on an interactive classroom experience that features historical characters portrayed by an artist-in-residence.

Environment & Animals

Citizens Campaign for the Environment received $10,000 to provide five additional safe medication disposal drop boxes to police departments in Onondaga County and conduct an educational campaign to expand public engagement in this initiative.

Health

Amaus Health Services received $15,000 to purchase hardware and software to expand its dental services to accommodate a growing community need.

East Area Volunteer Emergency Services received $25,000 to construct a new emergency services building that includes an emergency shelter, training center and walk-in clinic.

Onondaga Community Trauma Task Force received $19,698 to teach 15 participants to become trainers in the Community Resilience Model (CRM) to increase understanding of the impact of trauma.

Human Services

100 Black Men of Syracuse received $15,000 to organize, promote and deliver a nutritional health wellness program for children at the Syracuse Academy and the larger community.

AccessCNY received $35,252 to renovate space to accommodate the David Clark Learning Center for traumatic brain injury. The Center serves those with an acquired brain injury and helps members relearn lost skills through art and music.

Food Bank of CNY received $75,979 to convert a portion of its 25,000 sq. ft. freezer into a produce-specific cooler to better preserve and maintain its food supply.

Syracuse Lions Club received $17,100 to purchase equipment used for screening children’s eyesight within the Syracuse City School District and other facilities.

Vera House received $100,000 to assist with renovating its new office building on James Street. The new location will allow for increased capacity and additional room for storage.

We distributed $487,819 in grants to 16 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Arts Culture & Humanities

Downtown Committee of Syracuse received $10,000 to create the Art in the Windows program, designed to market and activate vacant downtown storefronts through rotating installations of local art.

Oswego College Foundation received $20,000 to support ARTSwego’s productions and educational programming associated with Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and a new play about Malcolm X.

Education

Junior Achievement of Central Upstate New York received $5,000 to expand program offerings to students in the Syracuse City School District during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Environment & Animals

Baltimore Woods Nature Center received $30,000 to build a pole barn that will allow for the consolidation of several existing sheds and provide additional programming space.

The Great Swamp Conservancy in Canastota received $15,000 to restore its back barn building to allow for a space to host events and programs. The movement of its more active public programs to the new barn will ensure the safety of valuable exhibit items in the main building.

Health

Crouse Community Center in Morrisville received $15,000 to convert to electronic medical records, enabling real-time therapy and prescription information and increasing the quality of service for patients.

NAMI Syracuse received $5,000 to create a comprehensive list of mental health providers, their specialties, and whether or not they are accepting new patients.

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare received $50,000 to assist with the launch of its Aftercare Services program to provide peer-led support groups and referrals for care or other community resources that help individuals maintain substance use recovery.

Human Services

Community Action Program for Madison County received $30,000 to purchase and install a new server to enhance staff access, prevent system crashes and accommodate increased programming and reporting.

Hope for Bereaved received $29,000 to make repairs to the foundation of its facility parking lot, improve accessible entrances and install security and safety lighting. The Rescue Mission received $150,000 to establish a designated family eating area as part of the renovation of their Food Service Center.

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity received $34,600 to repair the roof of its administrative and ReStore buildings to prevent further damage to the windows and walls.

Public & Societal Benefit

Syracuse Chargers received $30,000 to construct a new five-bay boat house. The boat house will increase its capacity to store boats and rowing equipment and accommodate increased community demand.

Small Grants

PEACE, Inc. received $6,719 to support the purchase of new technology and furniture for the workforce preparation area in the Southside Family Resource Center.

Providence Services received $7,500 to provide free transportation services to and from work for low-income city residents and refugees.

United Way of CNY received $50,000 to support the second year of the Work Train initiative.

We distributed $333,944 in grants to 18 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from our unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Arts Culture & Humanities

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor received $24,420 to expand the number of Onondaga and Madison county school children participating at sites through the Erie Canalway’s Ticket to Ride program.

Education

CNY Library Resources Council received $15,000 to support its technology lending program to promote digital inclusion and literacy.

Syracuse University Office of Sponsored Programs received $13,000 to support a photography and literacy project encouraging at-risk youth to create artwork to be permanently displayed in local community venues.

Environment & Animals

Finger Lakes Land Trust received $46,000 to develop a nature preserve on an undeveloped shoreline on Otisco Lake.

Town of Cazenovia received $11,692 to install interpretive features to educate the public about the unique technology at its micro-hydroelectricity site.

Health

Loretto Health & Rehabilitation Center received $26,000 to create outside walking paths and gardens for elders, staff and family members.

Human Services

ARISE Child and Family Service received $25,000 to purchase an additional wheelchair-accessible van for the transportation of clients in its community habilitation program.

First Tee of Syracuse received $50,000 to renovate and expand its club house to provide a dedicated learning space that will allow children to participate in programs during uncooperating weather.

Northeast Hawley Development Association received $17,000 to develop a strategic plan around a shared volunteer and community engagement strategy with the Syracuse Northeast Community Center.

Sarah’s Guest House received $10,000 to launch a marketing campaign to promote awareness of the organization.

Visions for Change received $42,432 to expand its Choosing to Thrive program to incorporate a Housing Preparedness component.

Public & Societal Benefit

The Partnership for Community Development received $10,000 to promote community health and vitality by developing an interactive recreation website with information about outdoor amenities in Hamilton, NY.

Small Grants

CNY Jazz Arts Foundation received $8,520 to develop video presentations of key arts-education skills for use in marketing campaigns.

Fiver Children’s Foundation received $8,130 to uncover and address unmet needs within the existing population of its Madison County youth.

Jubilee Homes of Syracuse received $8,250 to combat food insecurity by building a greenhouse at its Community Learning Farm.

Madison County Department of Emergency Management received $5,000 to provide life-saving smoke alarms and weather alert radios to county residents in need.

Parkview Junior Academy received $5,500 to replace broken equipment and update its playground.

Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School received $7,900 to implement a program to develop collaboration among school, family, and community members for greater academic and social success.

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