Shineman Foundation Announces Last Grants of 2017

Fifteen not-for-profit organizations received grant awards totaling $329,000 from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation in the last of three 2017 grant rounds at its November board meeting. All funded projects reach a wide range of people in Oswego County.  As with previous grant rounds, the projects represent a diverse cross-section of community organizations in community revitalization, education, arts and culture, and human services. 


The largest award was given to Fulton Block Builders, the grass roots organization in Fulton which initiated a very successful Healthy Neighborhood revitalization program this year modeled after the Oswego Renaissance Association's highly successful program in Oswego. The $100,000 award is a matching grant payable in the spring of 2018 following completion of fundraising in Fulton.   


Another community revitalization grant was given to the Town of Schroeppel Community Services Department for resurfacing of the town park's tennis courts in the spring. 


Several education/arts and culture grants were awarded by the Shineman Foundation to organizations expanding their outreach with and into Oswego County schoolsthe Everson Museum of Art received funding for the expansion of its educational tours and outreach programming to art teachers and their classes, Merry-Go-Round Playhouse for its touring Sequential Dramatics Program, and the Museum of Science and Technology’s “Oswego County on the Go science programwhich will bring a 45-minute classroom-based science demonstration to all 78 sixth-grade classes in 16 school buildings in Oswego County.  


Other education grants were given to the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County for the launch of the pilot “Read to Them” family literacy program in the Fulton, Mexico and Oswego school districts, as well as to the Research Foundation for SUNY’s “Oswego Kids Tech” programs: “STEM 4 Kids for grades K-3 and Young Inventors for grades 4-6, taught by pre-service Technology and Engineering Education majors at SUNY Oswego.  


Other arts and culture grants were awarded to the H. Lee White Maritime Museum in support of its long range strategic goal of becoming a nationally recognized museum with an Absolute Charter, the Red House Arts Center in support of its capital campaign to fund its expansion and move into the old Sibley’s Building in downtown Syracuse, as well as Symphoria for its December 7 performance at St. Mary’s Church in Oswego and its summer 2018 concert at Fort Ontario. 


Human services grants were awarded to Blessings in a Backpack’s Oswego and Fulton chapters in support of their expanded missions to provide nutritious food on the weekend to any Oswego, Minetto or Fulton school-age child who needs it. David’s Refuge received a third year grant for the continued expansion of its mission to provide respite/caregiver support to parents and guardians of children with special needs in Oswego County. Move Along Inc. was provided funding to purchase specialized wheelchairs for use in its newly launched tennis program and the Oswego County Children’s Fund received a grant which will enable it to offer a more efficient and streamlined online registration process for the 500 families who use its holiday gift program. 


Post Date (for home page): 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 15:00

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