More than $500,000 Awarded to Support Local Organizations

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January 14, 2021- The Central New York Community Foundation recently distributed $539,877 in grants to nonprofit organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties through its Community Grantmaking program. The program funds projects in the areas of arts and culture, civic affairs, education, health, human services and the environment.

A Tiny Home for Good Syracuse received $35,000 to restore property that will serve as its headquarters.

Brady Faith Center received $60,000 to create a workforce development plan for its new apprenticeship program at Brady Market.

City of Syracuse received $65,000 to support its Lead Abatement Program and launch workforce training and certification for housing code inspectors.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County received $65,131 to support its curbside market program, which is a collaborative of farmers, local nonprofits and human service organizations that provides fresh and healthy grocery items to Madison County residents.

David’s Refuge received $27,500 to increase program accessibility, outreach and increase partnerships with people of color to diversify its client base and staff and decrease racial disparity.

Everson Museum of Art received $40,500 to hire a fulltime grant writer to help increase its fundraising capacity, programming and inclusion initiatives.

Fiver Children’s Foundation New York received $10,000 to host diversity, equity and inclusion assessments, trainings and community workshops to help with the creation of a strategic plan.

The Haven at Skanda received $25,000 to hire a consultant to create a new strategic plan that will allow for growth, expansion and the sustainability of its programming.

Junior Achievement of Central Upstate NY received $15,000 to launch a new youth entrepreneurial program and support its financial literacy programs for students in Syracuse.

Museum of Science & Technology Foundation (MOST) received $17,250 to launch a new after-school mentorship program for Black youth that will guide them through career exploration in the areas of science, technology, skilled trades and manufacturing.

PGR Foundation received $25,099 to purchase technology equipment and hire tutors for its Back to School Pandemic Preparation Series.

The Reading League Syracuse received $45,000 to produce reading lessons geared toward Pre-K-3rd graders that will air on WCNY for students impacted by COVID-19.

Skaneateles Lake Association received $50,000 to develop an in-person and virtual curriculum for its Emerging Scientists Program that teaches students about watershed science.

SUNY ESF received $36,070 to conduct a land restoration project to improve the water quality of Skaneateles Lake.

Syracuse Children’s Theatre received $14,837 to hire a student success specialist to support students of all abilities so that its arts recreation is inclusive for all children.

Syracuse Stage received $25,000 to support racial equity training for its staff and board using artistic projects that highlight the voices of people of color.

Tomorrow’s Neighborhoods Today received $4,000 to launch a social and digital media campaign to continue its Lead Poisoning Education and Awareness Project.

Vesta Community Housing Development received $30,000 to purchase a van to safely transport Veterans to and from appointments.

YWCA Syracuse & Onondaga County received $18,500 to host programming for girls ages 5-18 to help build self-resilience, confidence and set future goals.


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 nearly $260 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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