Community Foundation Awards $407,332 in Grants

June 12, 2009 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $407,332 in community grants to 15 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison Counties from its unrestricted and field‑of‑interest funds.

The Oneida Healthcare Center received $130,000 towards its capital campaign to renovate and expand the medical facility in Oneida. This is the Community Foundation’s largest grant ever made in Madison County. The project will modernize the facility, allowing it to streamline the flow of patients and increase available services. The expansion will include additional rooms in the emergency room, ambulatory surgery center and intensive care unit as well as an advanced operating suite.

The American Red Cross Onondaga-Oswego Chapter received $38,784 to support their Community Ambassador program, which partners with South and Near West side nonprofit organizations to provide Red Cross training programs for residents. Classes include CPR/AED, First Aid, Babysitter Training and Disaster Preparedness.

The Children’s Consortium received $34,375 to implement Ready, Set Parent!, a hospital-based program that focuses on parenting, literacy and health & wellness. The main objectives are to reduce the risk for child abuse and neglect and help parents raise children to become responsible and capable adults.

Cazenovia Preservation Foundation received $27,500 to help rebuild an eroded stream bank along Chittenango Creek. The project will maintain the safety of an all-season recreational trail as well as the water quality of the stream.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County received $25,000 to support further development of the Madison Bounty project. The local distribution system, which connects Madison County growers and producers with buyers, will develop a business and marketing plan and introduce web enhancements.

Friends of North Syracuse Early Education Program received $12,320 to upgrade their special education library. Projects include a computerized catalog to improve efficiency, a separate “quiet zone” for the therapeutic listening program and a parent library that will provide resources for families.

Junior Achievement of CNY received $7,425 to support expansion of the Young Apprentice program, which places high school students in meaningful internships. Jobs ranging from nonprofit support to internships with international companies, provide local youth with workplace readiness skills and an appreciation for living and working in Central New York.

Jowonio School received $22,000 to hire an assistant director that will enable a smooth staffing transition by restructuring and strengthening administrative capabilities.

Light Work Visual Studies received $19,000 to support an art exhibition and related programs across Syracuse that showcases work by the video artist Barry Anderson in multiple venues, culminating in a special downtown event. The project will include a juried video festival, live musical performances, gallery receptions, an artist lecture and an exhibition catalogue.

Syracuse City Parks and Recreation Department received $10,000 to support Syracuse FIT!, an adult fitness program conducted at various Syracuse city parks. Participants will learn about healthy lifestyle behaviors including physical activity and healthy eating habits.

Society for New Music received $15,000 to partner with Spanish Action League to produce the chamber opera Frida at the La Liga summer festival. Participants of Spanish Action League theater and art classes will produce and perform alongside Society’s music professionals.

ENABLE received $7,752 to purchase protective gym floor mats for Explore Your World, an inclusive preschool program serving children with disabilities. The new flooring will enhance the safety and comfort of the gym, where activities that promote cognitive and motor skill development are conducted.

Erie Canal Museum received $20,000 to improve exhibition space by adding a computerized kiosk that reinforces the principals of math, geography and critical thinking through an interactive software program. Designed around  New York State curriculum standards, the program will guide visitors through the process of weighing a canal boat to determine a toll on the cargo.

Onondaga Central School District received $20,500 to support structural changes to Wheeler School library and computer lab. The enhancements will give students and community members access to traditional and electronic media, allow adults to access high-speed internet and provide a family zone where parents can further their education and career needs.

Child Care Solutions received $17,676 towards the Second Step program, which is designed to address aggression and disruptive behaviors among children by building their social and emotional confidence.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York 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 region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards over $5 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 500 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

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