Grants: 2014

Strategic Grants were given to the following organizations in 2014:

Arts and Culture:  Grants to nonprofits providing art programs.

  • H. Lee White Museum - $5,000. In partnership with Fort Ontario and CNY Arts, The H. Lee White museum is spearheading a professional production of an award winning play to commemorate the crucial 1814 Battle of Oswego during the War of 1812, The Great Rope.
  • Symphoria - $20,000. Funds will be used in the planning and execution of two orchestra performances in Oswego, one at Breitbeck Park and the other at Oswego Middle School this summer and fall respectively.
  • ARTSwego (Oswego College Foundation) - Outside Arts, Engaging our Community: $7,500. With work being done to SUNY Oswego's Waterman Theatre, ARTSwego will be engaging a campus and community audience by bringing events to locations such as public parks, workplaces, libraries or even street corners.
  • LaVeck Concerts - Big Concerts. Small Town $8,500 This project provides concerts for underserved portions of Oswego County. Funds from this grant will help ensure these concerts continue and increase quality, diversity, and profile of performing groups as well as apply best practices in marketing, fundraising, outreach, and better technology.

Civic Benefit: Grants to nonprofits that foster community participation and engagement.

  • Matthew 25 Farm - $7,000.  Funds will be used for addition of drainage ditches/ swales and tile work at two farm sites. The project will allow more acreage to be planted which will in turn provide more produce to food banks, homeless shelters and needy individuals throughout Central New York.
  • Oswego Little League - $25,000. Oswego Little League offers students from a wide range of ages to participate and grow as players and community members. The funds from this grant will be used to build batting cages in the Fort Ontario complex for players to work on their batting skills.
  • Central New York Community Foundation - Oswego County Community Foundation - $100,000  matching grant over two years for new funds contributed to the newly formed Oswego County Community Foundation. The first payment of $50,000 was made in 2014. These funds will help grow the endowment of the Oswego County Community Foundation which, in turn, will allow the Oswego County Community Foundation to meet the changing needs of the community.
  • Fulton Kiwanis Recreation Association, Inc. - Kid Haven Clubhouse Renovation: $15,000 (matching grant) - The renovation will replace the foot, strengthen and repair the foundation and general structure and includes a much needed addition, modernizes the snack bar and bathrooms and makes the building wheelchair accessbile. 
  • WRVO Public Media: SUNY Oswego Metro Center Satellite Studio - $10,000. The funds from this grant will help in the creation of a downtown Syracuse studio to be used for news and public affairs program production, training opportunities for SUNY Oswego media students, and occasional live radio broadcasts. 

Economic Revitalization: Grants to organizations to promote community revitalization.

  • Oswego Renaissance Association - $150,000.  Funding to implement Neighborhood Revitalization Plan including Block Challenge Grants and Neighborhood Pride Projects. Intended outcome is to restore neighborhood confidence and reinvestment. 

Education: Grants to schools and organizations with educational programs.

  • Merry-Go-Round Playhouse - $15,000.  Support of Merry-Go-Round Youth Theater Sequential Dramatics program sites in Oswego County.
  • On Point for College - $20,000 award to the On Point for College Math & Science Success project. The program will strategically advise two- year students to pursue Bachelor's degrees in STEM fields and strengthen the relationship of the program with SUNY Oswego, referring additional students to the University's STEM initiative.
  • Syracuse University - Project Engage - $18,700. Support of summer residential engineering program for high-ability middle school girls run by the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University. Goal of the program is to increase the number of women in the engineering talent pool with ties to Central New York.
  • Wisdom Thinkers Network - $20,000.  Support in implementing the Stories to Light Our Way Education program and anti- bullying simulation games to promote positive changes in behavior, improved academic performance and a better more inclusive school environment. 
  • Say Yes To Education  - $10,000. Starting in 2011, Say Yes' Collaborative Summer Success Academy allows recent high school graduates to get a head start on their college studies by offering 6 credits over 5 weeks. These funds will allow the program to expand to include students from a wide range of colleges in Central New York, including SUNY Oswego.
  • Friends of Camp Hollis  - $21,000. Funding will go towards the purchases and installation of a high ropes course, which is designed to appeal to the visual, kinesthetic, and auditory capacities of youth with particular attention being paid to the hard of hearing who attend the camp.
  • WHOLE ME, Inc. - $5,000. Funds will be used in the production of the documentary entitled, "You Know My Name But You Don't Know My Story," which brings real stories and experiences about those with hearing disabilities living and working in CNY into the public eye to combat ignorance and create empathy to build a cohesive community.
  • Onondaga Historical Association - Traveling Exhibit: $10,500. Onondaga Historical Association is using funding to create a traveling exhibit for their current exhibit, "19th Century Photographer George N. Barnard: Ever a New Season," who took photographs of Oswego during the mid-19th century as well as battles during the Civil War. 
  • Boyscout Longhouse Council, BSA - Prepared For Life - Rural and Underserved Youth Scouting Outreach: $6,950. Funding for this project will allow The Longhouse Council to create and distribute marketing materials and program supplies to provide scouting programs to underserved rural populations in Oswego County to increase youth scouting membership. 
  • The Children's Center of Oswego: New Computers/Software Upgrades $7,236

Environment: Grants to environmental organizations and programs.

  • Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation - $20,000.  Contribution to purchase dredging equipment in order to assist in the clean up of Lake Neatahwanta. Completion of this necessary phase of lake cleanup will allow the return of Stevenson Beach back to the community and allow more economic development opportunities along the Fulton water-front.

Health and Human Services: Grants to nonprofits providing social and human services.

  • Friends of Oswego Hospice - $25,000.  Funds used for promotion and marketing of Oswego County Hospice's services. The goal will be to educate the community about the family- centered care that Oswego County Hospice provides and to provide the tools to the medical community to understand when and how to make referrals to Oswego County Hospice.  
  • Oswego Health Department - $8,466.  Funding to implement the Health Highway Program in two Oswego City elementary schools as a pilot program for Oswego County. The goal of the program is to increase knowledge of healthy food choices and promote healthy choices regarding physical activity and nutrition. 
  • Vandercamp Garden$9,050.  Increase capacity of produce production to feed local food banks while teaching camp children about the environment and providing a new model of land use for other camps.  
  • Friends of Fulton Parks - $16,000. This project will improve Hulett Park in Fulton by upgrading playground equipment.  Friends of Fulton Parks works to coordinate new and exciting park projects throughout Fulton and surrounding communities.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY - RSVP Osteo Bone Builders Program - $5,000. Will leverage the expertise of RSVP volunteers to build a professional model for the Osteo Bone Builders Program, aligned with the founder's vision that can be replicated within Oswego County and beyond.
  • CAC Foundation, Inc. - Child Advocacy Learning Collaborative: $9,000. This project aims to provide a learning collaborative for forensic interviewers in Oswego County with the intended outcome of improving their expertise. 
  • The Salvation Army - Long Point Summer Camp: $5,000. Funding will send 20 campers from Oswego County to Long Point Summer Camp. 
  • ARISE - Home Access For All : $12,500. Home Access for All is a two-part program. It will use the CAPS (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist) assessment process to educate the community, perform assessments, and make it possible for people to prevent falls, remain safely at home or return from a hospital, rehab center or nursing home.
  • Clear Path for Veterans - Dogs2Vets Service Dog Training Program : $12,500. As a growing organization, Clear Path for Veterans will use these funds to create remote training sites and reduce barriers Veterans face by bringing these sites closer to them. The first site will be at Paws Across Oswego County, a collaborator on this project.

Historic Preservation: Grants to nonprofits seeking to preserve and protect artifacts of historical significance.

Fulton Public Library - Fulton Memoirs: $4,500. In their second year on this project, the goal is to build community pride by bringing diverse people together to share local history as well as preserve the history, technology and education as reflected by the writings of everyday people. The end product will be a Memoir Book.