Nearly $850,000 in Grants Awarded to Nonprofits in Madison & Onondaga counties

January 22, 2020—The Central New York Community Foundation recently awarded the following grants to local nonprofit organizations:

Arts at the Palace received $20,000 to support Script to Stage, an arts-based residency program at the Palace Theater in Hamilton, NY.

Boys & Girls Clubs received $25,000 to launch the Junior Staff Program for youth who are looking to explore a career in the human service field.

Cornell Cooperative Extension/Madison County received $35,000 to host a series of facilitated ‘Food for Thought’ dinner conversations to bridge the divide between farmers and consumers in order to build community and positively impact farmer mental health.

Crouse Health Foundation received $150,000 to build a new facility for its Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services located on Erie Blvd in Syracuse.

Ignatian Volunteer Corps received $7,000  to provide health and human services for New Americans being served at All Saints Church.

Le Moyne College received $90,000 to collaborate with Syracuse University to promote civic engagement amongst students, faculty and the community.

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse received $31,300 to support its in-school arts education program, which brings high-quality performances into local schools to encourage curiosity and passion for the arts.

New York Civil Liberties Union Foundation received $70,000 to continue civic engagement activies surrounding the I-81 project and Environmental Impact Study results.

On Point for College received $60,000 to create a full-time staff position to recruit, train, and manage volunteers, increasing On Point’s capacity to serve low-income students.

Point of Contact received $9,000 to expand its El Punto Art Studio program, which provides cultural educational experiences for youth populations.

Purpose Farm received $33,900 to hire a part time Development Director who will help create new fundraising streams to ensure long-term sustainability.

Redhouse Arts Center received $75,000 to support the Fences and Fun Home productions, which directly address issues related to diversity within the Syracuse area.

SUNY Morrisville College Foundation received $25,000 to conduct educational outreach to SUNY Morrisville and the surrounding community for its recycling program.

Syracuse Center for Peace and Social Justice received $17,500 to make ADA-compliant upgrades to its building.

Syracuse Community Choir received $19,000 to fund a part-time Managing Director to assist in the capacity building and succession planning of the organization.

Syracuse Poster Project received $20,052 to hire a salesperson to diversify revenue streams and expand the presence of civic arts kiosks around the City of Syracuse.

Syracuse University/Advancement & External Affairs received $67,296 to collaborate with the Skaneateles Lake Association to bettter predict and prevent Harmful Algal Blooms on Skaneateles Lake.

The Great Swamp Conservancy received $12,038 to install a parking lot for visitor safety and convenience.

Vera House received $50,000 for data management software and technology upgrades.

WCNY received $23,118 to upgrade its streaming infrastructure by converting a recording booth.


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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