Women’s Fund Awards $45,000 to Projects that Support Women and Girls

Nine nonprofit organizations from Oswego, Onondaga, Madison and Cayuga counties were awarded grants from the Women’s Fund of Central New York. The grants, totaling $45,000, will fund projects that support the advancement and full participation of women and girls.

Auburn Public Theater, Inc. received $5,000 to perform The Tubman Troupe’s A Gatherin’ Place at Auburn Public Theater and SALTSpace.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse received $5,000 to support the Girls After School Coding Club. This grant is made possible with gifts from Lockheed Martin and the Central New York Community Foundation, as well as the Women’s Fund.

Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County received $5,000 to form the Girls Circle, a structured support group for girls aged 9 to18 years old.

The Haven at Skanda received $5,000 to build the Self-Care at Skanda, a new all-female, multigenerational program to support women who have survived domestic violence while at the same time cultivating the leadership skills of Skanda’s teenage female volunteers.

The Image Initiative, Inc. received $5,000 to support the Sisters Empowering Sisters 16th Annual Conference, a two-day empowerment conference focusing on self-esteem, relationship violence, STDs/HIV/AIDS awareness and teen pregnancy.

PGR Foundation received $5,000 to support its Safe Sitter Training, which provides girls 10 years old and older with training on child care and babysitting, first aid/CPR, rescue skills, safety skills, life and business skills.

Providence Services of Syracuse received $5,000 to support its Shuttle to Work van pools, which will give women the critical opportunity to get to work, make a living, and begin paths to financial independence.

Vera House (in partnership with RISE) received $5,000 to support its Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention program for refugee and immigrant youth, offered to students and young adults ages 14 to 21 enrolled in RISE’s CORE youth group.

You Can’t Fail received $5,000 to build its You Can’t Fail Experience and Learning Community, in which 10 to 15 millennial women participate. Each participant will be paired with an industry-specific mentor with whom they will develop an individualized leadership development plan.


The Women’s Fund of Central New York is an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. The volunteer-led fund supports, empowers and recognizes the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York through an endowment fund, grants and initiatives. Since its inception in 1998, the Women’s Fund has awarded more than $360,000 in grants, and has grown its endowment to more than $1 million. For more information or to make a donation, visit: www.womensfundofcny.org.

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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