$339,058 in Grants awarded to 11 organizations

January 25, 2008 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation disbursed $339,058 in charitable grants. 11 local not-for-profit organizations were awarded the funds from the Community Foundation’s unrestricted and field-of-interest funds on December 5, 2007.

The following organizations and projects received grant awards:

American Red Cross/Onondaga-Oswego Chapter was awarded $41,729 from the John F. Marsellus Fund to establish partnerships with community groups for CPR/First Aid training, disaster preparedness, youth services and blood services. The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. This new effort to create partnerships in minority communities will create a sustainable foundation for continuing education.

Cornell Cooperative Extension/Onondaga County was awarded $29,000 from the John F. Marsellus and General Funds to expand their Youth Corp and adult volunteer projects. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an educational organization that brings research knowledge from Cornell University to the citizens of Onondaga County. The expansion of these projects will involve natural resources and community beautification in primarily low income and minority communities.

From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc. was awarded $6,792 from the Marjorie D. Kienzle and General Funds to hire a consultant to develop the capacity of the organization. From the Ground Up provides riding instruction, therapeutic horsemanship and other activities to people of all ages with special needs. The consultant will help the organization develop a full-time, fully staffed, year-round therapeutic riding center.

Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection was awarded $31,626 from the Charles F. Brannock and Walter A. Thayer Funds to hire one additional youth advocate who will work with 30 additional students. Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection and the Syracuse Middle School Choice program merged last school year. The merged organization strives to increase urban high school graduation rates and ensure that participants leave high school with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue post-secondary education or enter the workforce. They do this through mentoring, after school activities, employment preparation and placement, and academic support.

Huntington Family Centers, Inc. was awarded $39,925 from the John F. Marsellus and General Funds to support the Youth Resource Program. Huntington Family Centers, founded in 1919, serves the Westside of Syracuse and aims to help each individual achieve their highest level of functioning. The Youth Resource Program serves at-risk youth and their families and seeks to strengthen the family, improve academic performance and reduce anti-social behaviors.

Jowonio School was awarded $7,000 from the General Fund to support new therapy space called “Trike Town”. Jowonio serves young children with a wide range of abilities both in school and home-based programs, operating as an inclusive educational program where typical children and children with special needs can learn in the same classrooms. Trike Town will provide therapy space for the development of gross motor and social skills.

Mental Health Association of Onondaga County, Inc. was awarded $13,750 from the General Fund to hire a research associate to broaden its information and referral services. The Mental Health Association of Onondaga County is a forty-five year old institution established to promote mental health in the community through advocacy, education and access to mental health services. The broadening of the information and referral service will strengthen the organization’s capacity to coordinate mental health services for residents of Onondaga County.

Onondaga Case Management Services, Inc. was awarded $44,000 from the General Fund to implement High Fidelity Wraparound training across Onondaga County. Onondaga Case Management provides extensive services to support children, adults, and families who are challenged by mental illness and other disabilities in Onondaga County. High Fidelity Wraparound, now being implemented across the country, is an approach to streamlining services in the community to better address the mental health needs of children.

Onondaga Community College Foundation was awarded $90,000 from the John F. Marsellus Fund to support the expansion of the Children’s Learning Center. Founded in 1962, OCC is a two-year public institution sponsored jointly by the State University of New York and Onondaga County. The expansion of OCC’s on-campus center for early childhood learning will better support the growing demand for child care services among student-parents enrolled in the college.

Redhouse Arts Center Inc. was awarded $27,500 from the General Fund to support community partnership programs at the Redhouse. The Redhouse produces and presents contemporary music, theatre, film and visual art in a professional and intimate setting in Syracuse. The community partnership programs will take place over the next six months and will involve other not-for-profit organizations and will include a Teen Talent Night, Winter Break Theater Camp and Redhouse Reads.

Syracuse CSD/Elmcrest School was awarded $7,736 from the Charles F. Brannock Fund to purchase science educational materials.  Elmcrest Children’s Center has been serving the youth of Central New York since the late 1800’s. Today, it is a multi-faceted organization that provides care, supervision, education and experiences for abused and neglected children. Working with the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Elmcrest will expand and enhance its science program through workshops and the purchase of educational materials.

To find out more about the Community Foundation’s grantmaking process and download our guidelines and application, visit Our Grantmaking.

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