Central New York Community Foundation Awards $382,266 in grants to 16 Not-for-Profit Organizations Printer Friendly Version Email A Friend

March 28, 2008 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation announced today that it has awarded $382,266 in community grants to 16 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison Counties from its unrestricted and field of interest funds.

The following organizations and projects received funding:

Alzheimer’s Association of CNY was awarded $16,754 from the Charles F. Brannock Fund to replace furniture in the sitting room of the Kirkpatrick Day Center. The Alzheimer’s Association is a non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment and an eventual cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Located in Syracuse’s Inner Harbor area, the Kirkpatrick Day Program is a social-model adult day program that specializes in the care of people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

ARISE Child & Family Service was awarded $20,000 from the J. Henry & Martha E. DeBoer and General Funds to provide environmental modifications for children with developmental disabilities and loss of eyesight or hearing. ARISE, founded in 1979, works with people of all abilities to create a fair and just community in which everyone can fully participate. The agency promotes the social, educational, economic and individual interests of people with disabilities. This project will provide six to ten families with environmental modifications or adaptive supports that will enhance quality of life.

Cazenovia Public Library was awarded $24,500 from the John F. Marsellus, Faith T. Knapp and General Funds to improve the library’s Egyptian Gallery. Cazenovia Public Library is one of the oldest free public libraries in New York State. Its Egyptian Gallery includes a mummy from the Ptolemaic period, artifacts, and other Egyptian antiquities. This project will allow for improved interpretation within the exhibit.

Central New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was awarded $20,000 from the General Fund to purchase a new van for animal transport. Since 1891, the local SPCA has been committed to making our community a kinder and safer place for the animals who share it with us. They accomplish this through investigation, intervention and prosecution of animal abuse and neglect, education, sterilization, legislation and adoption. The new van will primarily be used to safely transport animals to and from the shelter and to provide a fast response to cases of animal abuse and neglect.

CNY Ronald McDonald House Charities was awarded $100,000 from the John F. Marsellus Fund to support the building of a new facility. The Central New York Ronald McDonald House is a 24-hour a day, year-round ‘home away from home’ to families whose children are hospitalized with serious illnesses or injuries. Since 1982, Ronald McDonald House has served more than 17,000 families. The new facility will be a larger, fully handicap accessible home that will better meet the organization’s current needs, as well as accommodate future growth.

County North Children’s Center was awarded $5,000 from the Charles F. Brannock Fund to renovate its kitchen. County North Children’s Center was founded in 1972 and is committed to providing children with a developmentally sound program of the highest quality. The renovation will allow the Center to serve more than 200 meals per day at the site.

InterFaith Works of Central New York was awarded $36,000 from the John F. Marsellus Fund to conduct a sustained Community Wide Dialogue on the Near Northside to reduce ethnic tensions and violence. Interfaith Works was founded in 1976 with the goal of affirming the dignity of each person and every faith community through education, service, dialogue and creating relationships. One of its programs, Community Wide Dialogue to End Racism was created in 1995 with the intent to create a safe and neutral space for the community to engage in honest conversations about race and racism.

Madison County Children’s Camp was awarded $9,800 from the General Fund to replace the asphalt floor in the athletic building. Founded in 1922, Madison County Children’s Camp strives to meet the emotional and physical needs of the county’s most vulnerable youth. Many of the boys and girls, ages 8-13, are from families facing economic hardship. Replacement of the floor will enable the camp’s athletic program to use the area daily.

Madison Hall Association was awarded $35,000 from the General Fund to stabilize and restore the front porch of Madison Hall. Madison Hall Association formed in 1988 with the goal of preserving Madison Hall from destruction, restoring it, and operating the building as a recreational and cultural resource for the general public. Madison Hall, located in Morrisville, is the former Court House and County Seat for Madison County. The stabilization and restoration of the front porch will preserve the structural integrity of the facility.

Marcellus Free Library was awarded $25,000 from the General Fund to support a capital campaign for a new library building. Founded in 1913, Marcellus Free Library, part of the Onondaga County Library System, serves its community by providing facility, services, print and non-print materials. The new building will enable the library to accommodate its growing collection and will be fully handicap accessible.

Meals on Wheels of Syracuse was awarded $12,080 from the Lewis-Trinity and General Funds to support capital improvements to the facility’s kitchen. Incorporated in 1959, Meals on Wheels Syracuse prepares and delivers meals to homebound clients, including senior citizens, those recovering from an accident or illness and persons with mental and physical disabilities. Improvements to the kitchen will ensure efficient and reliable service to the clients.

Spanish Action League of Onondaga County was awarded $22,132 from the General Fund to support a capacity building effort through the development of staff. The Spanish Action League (La Liga) has been serving the needs of the Hispanic population in Onondaga County since 1969. The agency aims to build on the rich cultural heritage of the Latino community by advancing its independence and growth through advocacy, counseling and education. The development initiative will enable staff to gain knowledge and skills that will help them better serve members of the community.

Sunnycrest Park Association was awarded $11,000 from the Spanfelner and General Funds to support the development of a master plan for the northern trails area of Sunnycrest Park. Sunnycrest Park Association began in 2003 to work with the City of Syracuse and neighborhood groups to enhance and revitalize the Eastwood park. The master plan will focus on the restoration of native plant communities, the development of interpretive signage, the restoration of brick walkways and stone walls, improvements to drainage and will highlight the wetland area.

Syracuse JazzFest Productions was awarded $13,000 from the John F. Marsellus, Charles F. Brannock and General Funds to support JazzFest programming. For the past 25 years, the Syracuse Jazz Fest Productions has promoted and developed an audience for jazz in Central New York through the production of over 50 major jazz events in the region, including Syracuse JazzFest. They also offer a wide array of programming, including master classes, workshops and mentoring sessions for youth.

Syracuse University/The Community Folk Art Center was awarded $10,000 from the Charles F. Brannock Fund to support the exhibition, “The Whipping Post – When Cotton was King.” The Community Folk Art Center was established in 1972 to exalt cultural and artistic pluralism by collecting, exhibiting, teaching and interpreting the visual and performing arts. Public programming includes performing and expressive arts exhibitions, film screenings, gallery talks, workshops and courses. This exhibition is a series of images, records and narratives that examine the U.S. slave trade.

The Samaritan Center was awarded $22,000 from the John F. Marsellus Fund to support the expansion of the breakfast meal program. The Samaritan Center was founded in 1981 by seven downtown churches with the mission to provide hot meals daily to members of the community who need help. This expansion will allow the Samaritan Center to serve breakfast four days per week.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Onondaga and Madison Counties for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of not-for-profit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The Community Foundation has over $117 million in assets and awards nearly $5 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations annually.

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