Cayuga Fund Awards $32,343 in Community Grants

December 3, 2013 (Cayuga, NY) – The Cayuga Fund, a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, awarded $32,343 to twelve nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Cayuga County.

Aurora Masonic Center received $3,500 to support an engineering project designed to analyze and develop structural stabilization for the Masonic Center.

Calvary Food Pantry received $4,100 to purchase an emergency generator.

Cayuga Centers received $3,500 to assist with kitchen renovations in its residential treatment center youth cottages.

Cayuga Community Health Network received $4,000 to provide dental health screening for children at Casey Park and Genesee Elementary schools.

CNY Area Health Education Center received $1,440 to support the Medical Academy of Science and Health (MASH) Camp for middle and high school students.

IGNITE, Cayuga County’s Young Professionals received $1,890 for IGNITE the Winter, a First Friday festival in downtown Auburn.

Muscular Dystrophy Association received $4,000 to send six Cayuga County children to an annual summer camp.

Peachtown Elementary School received $1,075 to host Friday Educational Enrichment Days (FEED) for Peachtown and near-by homeschooled students.

St. Alphonsus Food Pantry received $4,100 to assist with assembling and distributing Thanksgiving baskets to residents who are in need of food and supplies.

Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center received $738 to purchase an iPad component for its digital display and video camera system.

Unity House received $3,000 to purchase a SMART Board system for a new mental health classroom.

St. Matthew’s Episcopal was awarded $1,000 to install new siding on the exterior of the nearly 200 year old church building. This special project is in memory of Howard Hartnett, who served as a Cayuga Community Fund Leadership Council member. He also served on several boards, including the Moravia Rotary Club, the Seward House Museum, Friends of Ithaca College, the Finger Lakes Land Trust, the Powers Library, the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation, Museum of the Earth, the Reconstruction Home and the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

The Cayuga Community Fund
The Cayuga Community Fund, created in 2008, is a geographically specific fund created to serve as a source of permanent charitable dollars available to nonprofits serving residents of Cayuga County. Grants are awarded from the endowment fund annually to aid vital programs in education, health, social services, the arts, civic and environmental concerns, as well as the preservation of historic resources in Cayuga County. The Cayuga Community Fund has granted more than $140,000 to nonprofit groups since 2010.

These grants were made possible with support from the Cayuga Community Fund and the Cayuga Health Association Fund.

About the Central New York Community Foundation
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 $143 million. It awarded $8.3 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $120 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 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. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or