Cayuga Fund distributes more than $35,000 in grants

November 18, 2016 (Cayuga, NY) – The Cayuga Community Fund, an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, awarded $35,603 to 12 nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Cayuga County.

ABC Cayuga, Inc. received $5,000 in support of a capital campaign for its new Play Space, which will serve as a welcoming community space for young children and their families to play, learn and grow together.

Auburn Chamber Orchestra received $500 for advertising and professional fees associated with putting on performances of HMS Pinafore in collaboration with Auburn Players Community Theatre and Auburn High School.

Auburn Public Theater received $3,000 to purchase two JamHub stations to help with the expansion of its Exchange Street Records program which connects youth with progressive music education opportunities.

Cayuga Counseling Services received $1,770 to provide mental health first aid training and stress reduction activities for participants in its bimonthly parent/grandparent support group.

Cayuga County Habitat for Humanity received $5,000 to rehabilitate a property on Adams Street in Auburn to provide a family in need with a safe and comfortable place to live.

Cayuga Museum of History and Art received $1,255 to fund its Exploring the Prison through Film four-part film series to foster ongoing conversations with the community.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County received $4,362 to purchase new laptops, a printer and marketing banner stands to provide technology upgrades for nutrition education and health-related programs.

Food Bank of CNY received $5,000 to purchase nutritious food that will be distributed from its Cayuga County mobile food pantry.

Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways received $1,000 to conduct two programs for girls in Cayuga County who are not served by a Girl Scout troop to offer a fun and interactive way to learn about the basics of girl scouting.

Maple Wood Cemetery Association received $553 to repair the face of the vault on its property to serve as a storage area for its work materials.

Recuse Mission Alliance received $4,770 to create an iPad station for Auburn Rescue Mission’s Community Center, which will allow women and families who have experienced homelessness to search for jobs and access homework assignments.

Scipio Volunteer Fire Department received $3,393 to purchase four finger pulse oximeters and two suction units to strengthen its medical support to the community.

These grants were made possible with support from the Cayuga Community Fund, the Evelyn B. & Emery S. Osborn 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 more than $260,000 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 $193 million. It awarded $11 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $150 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 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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