Grants: 2015

Strategic Grants were given to the following organizations in 2015:

Arts and Culture:  Grants to nonprofits providing art programs.

  • ARTSwego - $22,000.  In collaboration with SUNY Oswego and New York City-based The Acting Company, ARTSwego is developing a new project that uses theater to engage the community, advances collaboration among college and high school theater and education programs, and helps propel CNY college and high school students into their chosen field. Hamilton College, LeMoyne College, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and a group of area high schools are a part of this consortium.
  • CNY Arts Center - $5,000.  Funds will be used for the safe installation of theatre lighting equipment at their new location at the Fulton Cayuga Community College campus. The goal is to eliminate trip hazards on the floor and provide more direct lighting onstage.
  • LaVeck Concerts - $22,500.  This is a capacity building grant for LaVeck Concerts. Now in its seventh year, LaVeck Concerts provides 5-6 concerts per year at the Pulaski Congregational Church, bringing the majesty of classical music to new audiences and making a small community proud of an absolutely world-class experience.
  • Ontario Center for Performing Arts (Oswego Music Hall) - $10,000 will be used to replace outdated and worn out sound equipment to improve sound, produce more sophisticated shows, attract modern sound technicians and engineers, and increase professionalism, public perception and participation.
  • Oswego Players, Inc. - $7,500.  Funds will be used to hire a marketing intern for one year to guide the organization with the public relations and marketing of its programs and productions, increasing awareness of the organization and audience participation in productions to maintain the organization’s place in the cultural life of the greater Oswego community.
  • Symphoria - $25,000 will be used to connect community members of all ages with the excitement of live classical music through a three-part project, Creating Community through Music in and for Oswego area youth and families.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY-Origins Art Exhibit - $3,000.  This grant will fund a collaborative program with local school art teachers to encompass an eclectic art exhibition including tours of the art gallery on campus.

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

  • Central New York Community Foundation - Oswego County Community Foundation - $50,000  This was a matching grant over two years. The first payment of $50,000 was made in 2014, the second payment of $50,000 was made in March of 2015. 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.
  • Friends of Fulton Parks - $18,620.  Funds will be used to complete Phase 2 improvements of the Rehabilitating Recreation Park project. Phase 2 improvements include restoration of the picnic shelter (pavilion) at Recreation Park.

Economic Revitalization:  Grants to organizations to promote community revitalization.

  • The Research Foundation for SUNY-Oswego Renaissance - $150,000.  In their second year of this project, the goal is to position Oswego’s neighborhoods to compete effectively for families once again, and to become Neighborhoods of Choice. Funding will be used to incentivize households to reinvest in their homes and neighborhoods.

Education:  Grants to schools and organizations with educational programs.

  • Cayuga Community College-Fulton Campus – $36,000.  This is a challenge grant that will enable them to finish its “storefront” spaces for student clubs, a lounge and a workout center. The goal is to increase Oswego HS “capture rate,” number of community functions, and increase attendance at student events over the next three years.
  • Everson Museum of Art - $15,000.  Funds will be used to enhance the museum’s reach in Oswego County for students and educators alike to experience the Museum and its collection through onsite visits and outreach efforts in Oswego County.
  • H. Lee White Marine Museum - 41,000  Funds will be used to hire a full time curator and focus on the first phase of a plan to take initial steps to turn the museum into a permanently certified, cutting edge Great Lakes marine museum.
  • Harbor Festivals Guild Inc. - $5,000.  Funds will be used to further build the parks capacity. The goal is to provide additional, positive, educational and engaging activities to children.
  • Merry-Go-Round Playhouse - $10,000.  Funds will support the Sequential Dramatics Program to help keep arts education in the school system.
  • On Point for College, Inc. - $15,000 award to the Math & Science Advancement for Underrepresented Students project to ensure that underrepresented students receive assistance through Math & Science grants. 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.
  • Oswego Bookmobile - $5,000.  Funds will be used for legal fees to incorporate and achieve 501c3 status to operate more efficiently and be more effective at fund raising. The Oswego Bookmobile is truly a collaborative effort with such partners as the Oswego Public Library, Oswego College Foundation, and the Oswego City School District.
  • Palermo United Methodist Church - $13,000.  This project will enable the church to make building modifications and offer their facility as a training center, partnering with other community agencies to provide public education in the area of Parenting Skills, Life Skills and other areas such as budgeting and money management.
  • Public Broadcasting Council of CNY, Inc.$30,000.  Funds will provide tuition support for Oswego County schools for the innovative Enterprise American program at WCNY in Syracuse, NY. This program is a true game-changer, as students not only learn vital 21st century learning skills but apply them in a real-world setting while exploring careers, which makes education relevant to them while challenging them to succeed.
  • The Children’s Museum of Oswego - $23,500.  Funds will be used to conduct a campaign feasibility study for capital campaign groundwork preparation. They will evaluate the appeal, needs, goals, time and strategy for the project – transitioning from a mobile museum to a permanent location in downtown Oswego.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY-At the Art Studio Workshop Series - $12,000.  This project is a workshop series in the visual arts for 7-15 year olds. These workshop style classes will run in the fall and spring on Saturdays and during winter break. Courses will offer students the opportunity to study the creative process while acquiring skills to practice creative expression. Their goal is to empower students to see and use visual art making to help make meaning of the world they live in.
  • Wisdom Thinkers Network - $30,000.  This grant provides funding to assist Wisdom Thinkers Network in expanding their character-based education curricula throughout Oswego County's school districts.
  • Youth Conservatory - $26,000.  Funds will help start a Youth Conservatory that will provide music opportunities for K-12 students of Oswego County and beyond. This will be an ideal way for SUNY Oswego to share its unique resources with the community.

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

  • American Red Cross$10,000 will be used to develop a reconnection program for returning service men and women which includes the creation and distribution of an Oswego County Veteran Resource Guide that will contain information on local agencies that provide human and health services, as well as national programs that active duty military families and veterans may need.
  • ARISE $26,000.  Funds will be used to purchase aluminum ramps for terminally ill people referred by Oswego County Hospice, making it possible for those individuals to remain at home with their families and continue to have access to the community.
  • Blessings in a Backpack - $8,000.  This project will feed 250 elementary school children in Oswego and Fulton on weekends during the school year. This will result in better physical and emotional health and better school success among the children, leading to enriched social relationships, improved employment achievement and enhanced citizenship as adults.
  • CAC Foundation, Inc.$20,000.  This grant will provide the CAC with resources and equipment to enhance the investigation and prosecution of child abuse investigations through the purchase of state of the art video equipment that will be used to address and reduce crimes against children, minimize the costs associated with such, and have a lasting impact on the healing of child abuse victims and their families in Oswego County.
  • David's Refuge$5,350.  Funds will support the respite weekends of caregiving couples from Oswego County. David's Refuge works to breathe life into these caregivers, reducing their stress level and providing them with the chance to connect to other caregiving parents.
  • Farnham Family Services$38,000.  Funds will support a dedicated part-time Coalition Coordinator that will facilitate a new project, the Coalition to Combat Adolescent Substance Abuse in Oswego County. One of the intended outcomes of the Coalition is to raise awareness and prevention of alcohol and other drug use among youth throughout the county.
  • Fulton Family YMCA - $25,000.  Support Family Coordinator position to grow the position to full time. Intent is by 2016 the position will be fully funded by operating support.
  • Move Along Inc. - $14,200.  Funds will be used to add dedicated equipment for their Inclusive Sports program that will eliminate the present redundant mileage cost associated with using their weekly program equipment.
  • Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. - $32,000.  In jeopardy of reducing services due to a decrease in funding, funds will help support OCO’s Call-N-Ride program in order to sustain the current level of operations over the next year while alternative funds are secured.
  • Oswego YMCA - $25,000.  Funds will be used as bridge financing while alternative funding is being raised.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY-Circle of Security Parenting - $5,523.  This project will establish an attachment-based parenting intervention and parenting program in Oswego County. Expected outcomes will be parents that become more effective caregivers.
  • Victory Transformation, Inc. - $9,000.  Funds will be used to provide supervision and ensure safe, drug free emergency housing for at least 60 individuals in the first year; and help them obtain safe, affordable housing and necessary services within 30 days of emergency placement.
  • YMCA of Greater Syracuse-Northwest Family YMCA$100,000.  This is a challenge/matching grant for up to $100,000, payable over five years, toward the last $1 million of their capital campaign.