Speiser Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications for New Opportunity

January 19, 2018- For the first time, the Allen Speiser Memorial Fund will be awarding a single grant of up to $4,000 to support the development and delivery of a forum to the larger community to address employment issues for the disabled. Grant applications will be accepted from programs that promote the placement and retention of employees with disabilities in the workforce.

The application deadline is March 1, 2018. Eligibility is limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit, human service organizations that serve people with disabilities in Onondaga, Madison, Oswego, Cortland or Cayuga counties. Collaborating entities may apply and creativity is encouraged. Also this year, consideration will be given to governmental departments, educational departments and student service offices.

Visit http://www.cnycf.org/SpeiserGrants for guidelines and an application form. Questions may be directed to Danielle Gill at (315) 883-5554 or Dgill@cnycf.org.

Formerly the C.I.G.S. Foundation, the Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund was established in 2001. The Fund offers grants to support special projects, make new investments or provide additional staff training – filling in the gaps that aren’t covered by government sources or other private funding. Vocational rehabilitation is the process of assisting people with any disabling condition to acquire the social, educational and work skills that will lead to employment.

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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