Womens fund

Women’s Fund Distributes $55,000 in Grant Funding to CNY Nonprofits

The grants will fund projects that support the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York.

Fifteen CNY nonprofit organizations received grants from the Women’s Fund of Central New York. The grants, totaling $55,000, will fund projects that support the advancement and full participation of women and girls.

The Women’s Fund of Central New York is a volunteer-led fund which supports, empowers and recognizes the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York through an endowment fund, grants and initiatives. Since its inception in 1998, the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $550,000 in grants, and has grown its endowment to more than $1 million.

1st Amendment 1st Vote received $1,000 to expand its government leadership programming for teen girls into the Syracuse City School District.

BLOOM of CNY received $5,000 to facilitate a second annual Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise workshop, developed to educate, empower, and encourage girls and women in the city of Syracuse and surrounding areas in the fields of health and wellness, financial literacy and building healthy habits.

Blueprint 15 received $1,000 to expand its Resident Women’s Group, which focuses on health and self-care for women in Syracuse.

Central New York Diaper Bank received $5,000 to purchase an additional 35,000 diapers in the coming year. The expansion of the Diaper Program will provide diaper assistance to 50 additional babies each month.

Girls on the Run Upstate New York received $5,000 to provide 33 scholarships for girls to participate in the Girls on the Run program, inspiring girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths, while building a sense of connection in a team setting.

Hope for Heather received $5,000 to expand its ovarian cancer awareness campaigns to reach low-income communities.

House of Psalms 23 received $5,000 for the Fall 2023 Women Empowerment Movement, supporting formerly incarcerated women looking to rebuild their confidence, navigate services in the community and focus on achieving their life goals.

Joseph’s House for Women received $5,000 to purchase drums, facilitator certification, and resident sessions in the Drum Circle Project. The project engages women at Joseph’s House by building a sense of community and providing a pathway for increased health, wellness and stress relief.

Kristina’s House of Hope received $1,000 to purchase furnishings and supplies for transitional housing, helping to provide immediate assistance to women of Oswego County experiencing homelessness.

Layla’s Got You received $5,000 to support the “Talk with Layla” podcast as well as the production of mental health and wellness events, summer fitness classes and podcast accessories.

Mothers and Children in Crisis received $1,000 to assist and empower women in the Emergency Response Program, helping to provide immediate assistance to formerly incarcerated women and their families.

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York received $5,000 to augment and establish Planned Parenthood Generation Action Clubs in Central New York Universities and Colleges.

Refugee & Immigrant Self-Empowerment received $5,000 to give young refugee and immigrant women access to weekly empowerment programming sessions.

The Desens House received $1,000 to support the Community Kitchen, which provides weekly dinners, breakfasts, and snacks to women of Oswego County experiencing drug or alcohol addiction.

The Women’s Economic Institute received $5,000 to sponsor the 2023 CNY Black Women’s Expo and Teen Summit. The Expo showcases local Black women entrepreneurs, artisans, jewelry makers, fashion designers and other creators.

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For more information on the Women’s Fund or to make a donation, visit: womensfundofcny.org. The Women’s Fund of Central New York is an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, cnycf.org.

About the Central New York Community Foundation

The Central New York Community Foundation is a public charity that turns community dollars into community change. Established in 1927, it receives contributions from donors, manages them to grow over time and then distributes funding to address the region’s greatest needs. The foundation has invested more than $270 million in community projects that benefit Central New York. It also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of strategic initiatives that foster a thriving and equitable region and address the most critical issues of our time.

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