Cayuga Fund Distributes More Than $73,000 in Grants

July 23, 2019 (Cayuga County, NY) – The Cayuga Community Fund, an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, awarded $73,050 to 24 nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Cayuga County.

ACR Health received $3,900 to support the new Q Center in Auburn, located at The Westminster Presbyterian Church. This important collaboration and partnership will bring much needed support for LGBTQIA+ youth to Cayuga County.

American Red Cross of Central New York received $2,500 for their Sound the Alarm campaign. Red Cross volunteers canvas neighborhoods door-to-door, installing new smoke alarms and replacing batteries in existing alarms. They also help families make fire safety escape plans.

Auburn Civic Band, Inc. received $839 to acquire music stand lights for outdoor evening concerts.

Auburn Public Theater received $1500 for scholarships to its 2019 Performing Arts Summer Day Camps. The camps include musical theater, ESR music, and a new filmmakers’ camp.

Auburn YMCA-WEIU received $3500 to support their LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a 12 week small group fitness program for adult cancer survivors who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease. This is a national YMCA program that is new to the Auburn Y.

Boy Scouts of America Troop 11 received $4725 to purchase outdoor camping gear to improve the overall experience for current and future scouts. By having this gear, families who may not otherwise have the opportunity to get involved can be better included.

Cayuga Community Health Network received $6,500 to lead a health symposium to explain the biology of addressing diabetes. People with prediabetes and diabetes will be connected to lifestyle change programs.

Cayuga Museum of History and Art received $3,783 for new equipment and upgraded technology to enhance the visitor experience, create new avenues for accessibility, and streamline daily operations.

Fair Haven Community Arts Center, Inc. received $1,800 to purchase technological equipment and thereby strengthen its educational opportunities.

Finger Lakes Land Trust received $5,000 to assist with the creation of a publicly accessible 74-acre nature preserve on Owasco Lake, which will protect undeveloped shoreline, conserve wetland habitat and safeguard water quality.

Frontenac Historical Society and Museum received $750 to assist with replacement of a leaking 1960’s-era roof over the structure, which houses the storage of the museum’s collection and exhibit rooms.

Healing H’Arts Equestrian Center received $2,168 to support its Safety First project, which will include 10 new riding helmets, first aid kit, AED unit and CPR/First Aid training for five volunteers to provide the best safety practices for high risk activity and a rural location.

King Ferry Food Pantry received $1,500 to obtain input and ideas integral to strengthening the its services for an increasingly culturally-diverse clientele, in order to better meet its nutritional/food needs.

Owasco Watershed Lake Association, Inc. received $7,500 to purchase materials for roadside ditch erosion mitigation in the Owasco Lake Watershed.

Perform 4 Purpose received $4,700 to assist with the purchase of an enclosed trailer to house and transport band instruments and concert equipment.

Salvation Army Empire State Headquarters received $2,500 to complete repairs on gymnasium floor.

Scipio Volunteer Fire Department received $2,500 to purchase a trailer to haul and house a new UTV and equipment.

Seward House Museum received $635 to purchase a security camera.

St. Alphonsus Food Pantry received $2,000 to buy personal care items for families during the summer months when kids are out of school                    .

Stewart B. Lang Memorial Library received $5,000 to assist with up-front architectural planning and consulting costs for a new library building project. This work is a prerequisite to getting bids and starting construction.

Syracuse Rescue Mission Alliance received $5,000 to support a food pantry for families served by the Auburn Rescue Mission. Funding will be used to stock the pantry with key items and provide support for families with children during summer recess and other school breaks.

Union Springs Soccer Club, Inc. received $1,250 to assist with the completion of the interior of the bathroom stalls at McIntosh Park.

Village of Aurora Historical Society received $2,000 to enhance roof support and ADA compliance for Patrick Tavern. This will bring the historic 1793 building up to code for use as an innovative, three-season education and community space.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County, Inc. received $1,500 to provide critical civil legal services in Cayuga County. The agency harnesses the efforts of volunteer lawyers to meet the needs of low-income clients with legal problems affecting the essentials of life.


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 $470,000 to nonprofit groups since 2010.

About the Central New York Community Foundation

The Central New York Community Foundation is a public charity established in 1927 that collects contributions from donors, manages them to grow over time and then distributes funding to local charities to help them thrive. It is the largest charitable foundation in Central New York with assets of more than $280 million and has invested more than $200 million in community improvement projects since its inception. As a grantmaker, civic leader, convener and sponsor of strategic initiatives, the Community Foundation strives to strengthen local nonprofits, encourage better understanding of the region and address the most critical issues of our time.

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