The Shineman Foundation Announces Final Grant Awards of 2018

Sixteen not-for-profit organizations received grant awards totaling $800,000 from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation at its November board meeting in the last of three 2018 grant rounds. All funded projects reach a wide range of people in Oswego County.  As with previous grant rounds, the projects represent a diverse cross-section of community organizations in economic revitalization, education, arts and culture, and health and human services.

The largest award, $500,000, was given to Oswego Health Foundation in support of its capital campaign to build a new state-of-the-art behavioral health facility on East 2nd Street in Oswego at the old Price Chopper building and lot. Payment of the award begins in January.

Fulton Block Builders, the grassroots organization in Fulton exceeded expectations in 2017 and 2018 of its very successful Healthy Neighborhood revitalization program, and was awarded a $150,000 matching grant payable in the spring, following completion of fundraising in Fulton. 

The Fulton campus of Cayuga Community College received $92,000 to lead a collaborative effort with strategic partners to get Oswego County certified as the first county in New York state to achieve the national ACT “Work Ready Community” designation. The process of becoming a “Work Ready Community” will bring systemic change to Oswego County’s approach for closing the large skill and work readiness gap that currently exists, especially among individuals living in poverty.

Another revitalization grant was given to Friends of Fulton Parks in support of the installation of a security system at the newly renovated Teen Park at Recreation Park.

Three education/arts and culture/environment grants were awarded by the Shineman Foundation to organizations expanding their outreach with and into Oswego County schools or libraries: Merry-Go-Round Playhouse for its touring “Sequential Dramatics Program”; the Museum of Science and Technology’s “Oswego County on the Go” science program, which will bring a 45-minute classroom-based science demonstration to all 78 sixth-grade classes in 16 school buildings in Oswego County; and Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust’s upcoming library, classroom and outdoor programs in northeastern parts of the county.

Capacity-building grants were given to the Children’s Museum of Oswego to hire a director of education and to the Child Advocacy Center to hire a fund development director.

An arts and culture grant was awarded to Symphoria for its December 6 performance of the “Messiah” at St. Mary’s Church in Oswego, its summer 2019 concert at Fort Ontario, and expansion of its musical performances into Oswego County libraries. ARTSwego also received a grant to bring all 300 Oswego High School 10th grade students to a February 27 performance at SUNY Oswego of “Beyond Sacred --Voices of Muslim Identity”, including a post-performance question and answer session with the actors.

Several health and human services grants were awarded by the Shineman Foundation: David’s Refuge for provision of respite/caregiver support to parents and guardians of children with special needs; Fulton Family YMCA for the expansion of its Girls Rock program into the Fulton Junior and Senior high schools; Rural and Migrant Ministry in Richland for the construction of its Healthy Educational Kitchen, as well as St. James Episcopal Church in Pulaski for the completion of its industrial kitchen and handicap-accessible dining room so it can provide community dinners to those living in poverty.

The Research Foundation of SUNY received a grant in order to bring in a Circle of Security Parenting trainer to provide four days of training to 40 individuals representing eight agencies across Oswego County. These individuals will dramatically increase the number of certified Circle of Security instructors to provide evidence-based parenting classes in the county.