More than $110,000 in Grants Awarded to Nonprofits in Madison County

January 23, 2018 – The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $113,858 in grants to three nonprofit organizations serving Madison County.

Earlville Free Library received $18,858 to create a new children’s area, computer laboratory and teen lounge. The designated space will enhance the library’s ability to provide customized materials and services to children and youth. The Earlville Free Library offers opportunities for learning to residents of all ages through family-friendly programming and events.

Earlville Opera House received $20,000 to purchase a new heating system that will allow the theater to run its programming year-round. The new programming offered during the colder months will serve an additional 2,000 patrons per year. The organization promotes the arts in rural Central New York by offering programs of cultural, educational and historical significance while preserving the architectural and historic integrity of its second-story theater constructed in 1892.

Oneida Healthcare Center received $75,000 to expand its outpatient radiology facility, giving patients access to various health services in one location. The expanded facility will provide infusion therapy, an onsite pharmacy, physician exam rooms, a cancer resource center and a conference room. The Center provides a number of acute care inpatient and outpatient services in its 101 bed facility along with a 24 hour emergency department, birthing center, operating rooms and ICU beds.

“We are excited to be funding three nonprofit organizations serving Madison County during this grant round,” said Robyn Smith, program officer at the Central New York Community Foundation. “The grants will enhance the lives of Madison County residents through improved healthcare, library upgrades and year round theater performances.”

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Additionally, the Community Foundation awarded $429,176 in grants to nonprofits in Onondaga County. Each grant will provide support for programs in the fields of arts & culture, education, environment and animals, human services and public and societal benefit:

Aurora of CNY received $30,000 to launch Adult and Children Care Coordination Services, which will provide hearing and visually impaired individuals with improved health care coordination and management.

Friends of Camillus Park received $23,847 to purchase and install accessible outdoor fitness equipment. The new equipment will encourage increased activity for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

Hillside Children’s Foundation received $9,750 to support the Swag Team program, which works to increase grades and lower high school dropout rates.

Humane Association of CNY received $85,000 to rebuild and renovate its animal shelter. The new shelter will repair flooding from highway runoff and prevent the spread of infection caused by poor air circulation and filtration.

Junior League of Syracuse received $5,000 to purchase new electronic office equipment to allow for more efficient data gathering and effective programming.

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse received $25,000 to expand its Sequential Dramatics program to provide arts enrichment in low-income schools with limited access to artistic programming.

Onondaga County Public Library received $21,579 to create a new area designated for children and teens. The addition will provide children and teens with a space for learning, one-on-one computer job assistance and early literacy programs.

Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York received $30,000 to renovate its waiting room to create a safe welcoming environment for visitors.

The Positivity Project received $24,000 to build two new training programs for principals and teachers to foster and continue the growth of their knowledge of positive psychology to teach to their students.

Syracuse Stage received $25,000 to support Cold Read: A Festival of Hot New Plays. The new program will educate audiences on the process of new works and how to use theater to express themselves.

YMCA of Greater Syracuse received $150,000 to install a new elevator for its residence facility. The addition of the elevator will allow the program to increase capacity to serve more men, as well as increase the dignity of the environment in which they live.

These grants were awarded from the following charitable funds administered by the Community Foundation:

Shirley M. Aubrey Fund, Harry and Helen Barnes Jewell Fund, William D. Barnet Memorial Scholarship Fund, Carriage House Foundation Fund, Charles F. Brannock Fund, Coon Fund, Community Fund, J. Henry & Martha E. DeBoer Fund, John F. Marsellus Fund, The Martha Fund, J. Daniel & Diane Pluff Fund, Tiny Rubenstein Animal Welfare Fund, Donald W. Ryder Fund, Dorothy R. Shoudy Memorial Hearing Impaired Fund, Small Grants Fund and the William & Mary L. Thorpe Charitable Fund.

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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