Cayuga Fund distributes more than $30,000 in grants

December 4, 2015 (Cayuga, NY) – The Cayuga Community Fund, a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, awarded $32,215 to 15 nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Cayuga County.

Auburn Civic Band received $600 to purchase new band uniform shirts featuring the band’s logo.

Cayuga County Nurse Family Partnership received $2,926 to purchase educational toys for low-income, first-time, at-risk mothers and their children to encourage healthy development and participation in the Nurse Home Visiting program.

Chapel House received $1,539 to purchase a new dining room table and chair set for its homeless shelter.

Christ United Methodist Church of Locke and Moravia received $1,100 to purchase nutritional snacks for kids participating in its 180 Kid Time afterschool program designed to enhance spiritual, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of children in pre-k through grade 5.

St. Alphonsus Food Pantry received $3,000 to purchase personal hygiene products for food pantry holiday baskets.

Auburn Chamber Orchestra received $1,000 to support the production and promotion of an orchestral performance of Prokofieff’s Peter and the Wolf.

Calvary Food Pantry received $5,000 to help meet emergency food needs of residents of Auburn and the surrounding area and to advocate for the alleviation of hunger.

Wells College received $1,500 to promote the village of Aurora Farmer’s Market in order to grow and provide support for small, local growers and producers to participate as “pop-up” market vendors.

Auburn Junior High School received $2,200 to support its overnight retreat for 7th grade girls in the Auburn Enlarged City School District, to take place on the grounds of Camp Casowasco. The retreat will expose girls to strategies to develop leadership, creativity, decision-making, trust, mindfulness and self-compassion through a series of team-building and outdoor adventure activities, yoga and self-empowerment workshops.

Auburn YMCA-WEIU received $3,500 to replace the antiquated timing system used by the Y’s Stingray Swim Team for competitive swimming events.

Peachtown Elementary School received $2,150 to refurbish and buy new instruments and equipment that will expand the music ensemble program and facilitate improved integration of the ensemble class with in-school music instruction and after-school performance classes.

Friends of the Southern Cayuga Planetarium received $2,000 to support the temporary hire of a professional strategic planner and grant consultant to help determine and carry out the most effective strategies needed to reinstate the planetarium and observatory.

Aurora Masonic Center received $2,500 to provide equipment and materials to assist with collections management such as cataloging, documenting, restoring and preserving historically significant artifacts and memorabilia for educational and historical uses.

Auburn Beautification Commission received $2,000 to support the installation of the City of Auburn’s first Permaculture Park – otherwise known as an “edible forest system” – that will inspire the community to come together, grow their own food, regenerate the local ecosystem, and educate the public, while repurposing an underutilized city park.

Muscular Dystrophy Association received $1,200 to support tuition costs for two Cayuga County children to attend its annual summer camp in Rush, NY.

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


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 nearly $200,000 to nonprofit groups since 2010.

About the Central New York Community Foundation

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of nearly $190 million. It awarded $9.9 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $135 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 700 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

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