Oswego County Community Foundation Awards $25,616 to Local Nonprofits

October 19, 2017 (Oswego, NY) –  Ten local nonprofit groups received grants totaling $25,616 from the Oswego County Community Foundation (“OCCF”).

CNY Arts Center received $2,250 to purchase lighting instruments, accessories and a scrim curtain to project background patterns and special effects during performances.

Friends of Great Bear received $4,200 to repair a heavily used trail intersection, which will improve sustainability and safety for visitors to the Great Bear Recreation Area and help prevent erosion.

Oswego County Health Department received $2,200 to support Healthy Families Oswego County, a primary prevention home visiting program which seeks to reduce maltreatment of children and improve overall family health and functioning.

Oswego County Opportunities received $5,000 to support child care scholarships for low-income families through its Discovery Learning Center.

Oswego County Pioneer Search and Rescue received $2,366 to purchase new portable radios for team leaders and batteries for volunteer emergency personnel paging equipment.

PAWS of CNY received $2,350 to increase volunteer enrollment in Oswego County to meet the service needs of nursing facilities, schools, libraries and other community events.

Pregnancy Care Center of Oswego County received $1,000 to purchase diapers and wipes for its clientele of underserved women.

Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum received $2,500 to modernize and upgrade exhibits.

Sage Brook Horse Foundation and Youth Program received $1,750 to purchase haying equipment to feed horses and generate an additional income source for operations through sale of the surplus hay.

United Friends of Homeless Animals received $2,000 to assist with veterinary expenses for an increasing population of animals cared for by rescue shelters.

These grants were made possible with support from the Oswego County Community Foundation, A. L. Lee Memorial Hospital Health Fund, NBT Bank Fund and The Emerick Fund.


The Oswego County Community Foundation

The Oswego County Community Foundation, created in 2013, is a geographically specific fund created to serve as a source of permanent charitable dollars available to nonprofits serving residents of Oswego 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 Oswego County. The Oswego County Community Foundation is a component fund of 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 more than $226 million. It awarded $14 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $170 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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