Speiser Fund Announces Grant Awards
April 16, 2020 – The Allen Speiser Memorial Vocational Rehabilitation Fund awarded $4,388 to local nonprofit projects meeting a vocational need for individuals with disabilities. The Speiser Fund is a component of the Central New York Community Foundation.
AccessCNY received $1,763 to increase the hours and responsibilities of trainees in its workforce program at Provisions Bakery and Restaurant, which helps people with disabilities find and maintain gainful employment.
Clear Path for Veterans received $2,000 to provide transportation for Veterans in its Warriors Working Program to job interviews, their places of employment and any other workforce needs that they may have.
Fulton Public Library received $625 to purchase new technology software for its staff and workforce development program participants with visual impairments.
In 2001, the C.I.G.S. Foundation board of directors chose to direct assets to the Community Foundation to establish a fund to promote the vocational, educational, health and social needs of people with disabilities subject to social barriers. The fund is named in honor of Dr. Allen Speiser, the first director of Consolidated Industries, a sheltered workshop program for people with disabilities.
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.