Nonprofit Organizations Invited to Enter The CNY85 Giving Project

December 29, 2012 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation is excited to announce the opportunity for local nonprofit organizations to win an $8,500 grant in support of a program that addresses the region’s greatest needs.

About The CNY85 Giving Project
In celebration of its 85-year anniversary, the Central New York Community Foundation will be hosting The CNY85 Giving Project – a grant competition based on public vote – that will run through 2012. Over the course of the year, The CNY85 Giving Project will award grants to four nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life in Central New York. The project that receives the most public votes through our website at the end of each quarter will receive $8,500.

How to Enter
Nonprofit organizations that serve Onondaga or Madison Counties are invited to enter The CNY85 Giving Project once during the 2012 calendar year. To view the full Rules & Guidelines and submit your project for consideration in the online public vote, visit You must submit your information during one of the four open application periods in January, April, July or October.

An organization can only submit one application during the year, so choose your quarter carefully!

We are currently accepting online entries for projects that promote vitality in Central New York through economic development, transportation, planning and/or environment work.

Calendar & Themes
The CNY85 Giving Project’s four project themes are based on the greatest needs of our community, as demonstrated by our collaborative community indicators project, CNYVitals. For more on the indicators, visit

Round 1: Economic Development, Planning & Environment Projects
Entry: 01/01-01/31/12 – NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!
Voting: 03/01-03/31/12

Upcoming Rounds:
Round 2: Housing, Health & Human Service Projects
Entry: 04/01-04/30/2012
Voting: 06/01-06/30/12

Round 3: Education & Technology Projects
Entry: 07/01-07/31/2012
Voting: 09/01-09/30/12

Round 4: Arts, Culture, Recreation & Civic Engagement Projects
Entry: 10/01-10/31/2012
Voting: 12/01-12/31/12

Learn More and Enter Now!

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