Grants: 2018

Recent Grants

Strategic Grants were given to the following organizations in 2018:

Arts and Culture: Grants to nonprofits providing art programs.

  • ARTSwego - Received $5,000 to bring all 300 Oswego High School 10th grade students to a February 27 performance and after performance discussion with actors at SUNY Oswego.
  • CNY Arts Center - $100,000 was given for its capital campaign to renovate and transform a building in downtown Fulton as a new community multi-arts center.  
  • CNY Arts Inc. - $10,000 will be used to promote Oswego County's art, cultural and historic venues across a ten county region via a comprehensive billboard, print and TV digital marketing campaign.
  • Merry-Go-Round Playhouse - $15,000 will be used for its touring "Sequential Dramatics Program" in Oswego County schools.
  • Symphoria - Received $20,000 for the December 6 performance of the "Messiah" at St. Mary's Church in Oswego, its summer 2019 concert at Fort Ontario, and expansion of its musical performances into Oswego County libraries.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY - Awarded $5,000 for continued support of the SUNY Oswego art department's "At the Art Studio" program to offer workshop experiences in the arts for children in grades K-12.

Civic Benefit: Grants to nonprofits that foster community participation and engagement.

  • Friends of Fulton Parks - Received $17,051 in support of the installation of a security system at the newly renovated Teen Park at Recreation Park.
  • Parish Public Library - Received $50,000 in funding as part of its capital campaign to raise 25% of the total funds needed to secure a New York State Library Construction Grant for expansion of the library in order to provide more services to Parish area residents.
  • Purpose Farm - $40,000 will be use to build a pole barn to alleviate cramped conditions in the main barn used for programming for children that have emotional trauma from neglect, abuse or other causes.
  • Town of Richland - Received $50,000 in funding for its Haldane Center Improvement Project to maximize use of the facility's ice rink, sports fields and walking trails.

 Economic Revitalization:  Grants to organizations to promote community revitalization.

  • Centerstate CEO-Fulton Block Builders - Awarded a matching grant up to $150,000 payable in the spring of 2019 following completion of fundraising for its very successful Healthy Neighborhood revitalization program.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY-Oswego Renaissance - Awarded $200,000 representing the foundation’s continued commitment to assist the ORA in its fifth year of growing the momentum of reinvestment and vibrancy in the city of Oswego’s neighborhoods. 

Education:  Grants to schools and organizations with educational programs.

  • Cayuga Community College - Received $92,084 to lead a collaborative effort to get Oswego County certified as the first county in New York state to achieve the national ACT "Work Ready Communty" designation, to close the "skills gap" between those that need work and the companies that need workers.
  • Children's Museum of Oswego - Awarded a capacity-building grant of $35,000 to hire a director of education.
  • Fitzhugh Park School - Awarded a third-year grant of $25,000 to continue the expansion of its very successful Leader in Me program.
  • Grace & Glory Ministries - $10,000 will be used to support the implementation of two new programs: Trading Post and Little Scholars Preschool.
  • Harbor Festivals Guild - Received $5,000 for its Children's Park to feature STEM activities.
  • Museum of Science & Technology (MOST) - Awarded $30,670 to bring a 45-minute classroom-based science demonstration to all 78 sixth-grade classes in 16 school buildings in Oswego County.
  • Oswego YMCA - Awarded $90,000 to expand its early learning programs for ages two through five and to begin offering "extended care" options for children whose parents work non-traditional hours.
  • The Reading League - Provided with $36,500 in funding to train educators to be "reading coaches" in all Oswego County elementary schools.
  • Workforce Development Board of Oswego County - Awarded $42,000 for its Skill Up Oswego County 2.0 initiative and public relations campaign to raise awareness of all the workforce development courses and services available at the county’s One Stop Career Center in Fulton.

Environment:  Grants to environmental organizations and programs.

  • Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust - Received $5,000 for its upcoming library, classroom and outdoors programs in northeastern parts of the county.

Health and Human Services:  Grants to nonprofits providing social and human services.

  • Child Advocacy Center (CAC) - $120,000. Capacity-building grant to hire a fund development director with an initial installment of $60,000 and the remaining $60,000 payable over two years. 
  • Food Bank of Central New York - $10,000 in funding to expand its mobile food pantry to Altmar and Volney where there is limited access to grocery stores or emergency food programs.
  • David's Refuge - Received $7,200 for provision of respite/caregiver support to parents and guardians of children with special needs.
  • Food Bank of Central New York - Awarded $8,900 in bridge funding through September to support a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Coordinator in Oswego County.
  • Fulton Family YMCA - Awarded $9,928 to expand its Girls Rock program into the Fulton Junior and Senior high schools.
  • Journey of Faith United Methodist Church - Provided $10,000 in funding for the Hannibal Backpack Program to feed children over the weekends for the upcoming school year.
  • Northern Oswego County Health Services Inc.$50,000. To support the rollout of its rebranding initiative across the county.
  • Oswego Health Foundation - $500,000. In support of its capital campaign to build a new state-of-the-art behavioral health facility in Oswego, payable over five years beginning in 2019.
  • Oswego Health Inc. - Awarded $29,327, in partnership with the Oswego County Health Department, to implement the interactive Healthy Highway program in all 23 Oswego County elementary schools in the 2018-2021 academic years.
  • Rural & Migrant Ministry of Oswego County - Awarded $10,000 for the construction of its Healthy Educational Kitchen at is building in Richland.
  • Southern Oswego County Council of Churches - Provided $5,000 in funding for Erin's Angels Backpack Program in Phoenix to feed children over the weekends for the upcoming school year.
  • St. James Episcopal Church-Pulaski - Awarded $10,000 for completion of its industrial kitchen and handicap-accessible dining room to provide community dinners to those living in poverty.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY - Received $28,000 on behalf of Prevention Support Partners to bring in a Circle of Security Parenting International trainer to provide four days of training to 40 individuals representing eight agencies across Oswego County.