Community Foundation Awards $320,030 in Community Grants

Syracuse, NY (October 4, 2012) – The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $320,030 in grants to eight charitable organizations in Onondaga County from its unrestricted and field of interest funds.

Hillside Children’s Center received $28,500 to connect youth in foster care to relatives and other supportive adults through Family Finding services.

Meals on Wheels of FM and JD received $3,595 to update its kitchen stove and oven unit. This grant was funded by the Carriage House Foundation Fund.

North Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps of North Syracuse received $10,000 to assist in the conversion of its mobile radio system.

On Point for College received $22,192 to support the Stop-Out Program designed to reenroll students have stopped out of college for various reasons.

Partners for Education and Business received $25,000 to expand its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teacher in the Workplace program, which places teachers in worksites in order to develop STEM-related lesson plans.

Partners In Learning, Inc. received $30,743 to update and expand the West Side Learning Center computer lab.

SUNY Upstate Medical University Foundation received $100,000 towards construction of the infusion playroom at the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders to be housed in the new Upstate Cancer Center.

Syracuse Housing Authority (SHA) received $100,000 to support the rehabilitation of 48 low-income housing units at 400 and 410 West Onondaga and 828 West Streets on Syracuse’s Near Westside.

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $130 million. It awards close to $6.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually and has invested more than $100 million in the community since its inception. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and corporations through the administration of nearly 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. For more information, visit

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