Philanthropy & Government Coalition Forms Fund for Cayuga County COVID-19 Support

The Cayuga Community Fund announced today that it has established the Cayuga County COVID-19 Fund in partnership with the United Way of Cayuga County to support nonprofit organizations working with communities who are disproportionately impacted by economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

The fund is designed to rapidly deploy flexible resources in the form of one-time operating grants on a rolling basis to nonprofits whose operations support vulnerable populations stressed by the outbreak. The Cayuga Community Fund is seeding the effort with its own contribution of nearly $75,000 and encourages individuals, institutions, and companies to donate as well.

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with the Central New York Community Foundation and the Cayuga Fund to provide the widest possible support to the many organizations who so tirelessly serve our community especially during these times of great need,” said Karen Macier, executive director of the United Way of Cayuga County.

The Cayuga Fund will administer grants from the fund in collaboration with the United Way. Together, they will identify potential grant recipients, solicit guidance on immediate needs from community advisors and recommend final awards. Funds will be released on a rolling basis as fundraising continues throughout the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, making it possible to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs.

Donations may be made online at, by mail to Cayuga County COVID-19 Fund, care of Central New York Community Foundation, 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 or by contacting Thomas Griffith, vice president, development at (315) 422-9538 or

Eligibility criteria and the application process for nonprofits requesting funding can be found at for more information.

About the Cayuga Community Fund

The Cayuga Community Fund is a geographically specific fund administered by the Central New York Community Foundation. Created in 2008, the Cayuga Community Fund benefits residents of Cayuga County by serving as a source of permanent charitable dollars available to nonprofits serving the community. Thousands of dollars are granted from this endowment fund annually to aid vital programs in education, health and wellness, nutrition, 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.

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