Grants: 2016

Recent Grants

Strategic Grants were given to the following organizations in 2016:

Arts and Culture: Grants to nonprofits providing art programs.

  • Art Association of Oswego - $12,000. This grant will be used for revitalization of the ceramics studio and upgrading of 55 year old equipment to make the studio more inviting and functional.
  • ARTSwego - $15,000. Funds will be used to build upon successes of last year's launch of this consortium project and will conclude in the upcoming 2016-17 academic year.
  • Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent$4,000 will be used to build a new scholarship fund to assist talented middle and high school performing arts students in Oswego County.
  • Ontario Center for Performing Arts-Oswego Music Hall$16,000. This grant will be used for digital stage lighting and control system, and materials and signage for a new stage panel.
  • Pulaski Congregational Church$14,000. This is a capacity-building grant awarded to LaVeck Concerts for new initiatives to increase audience attendance and funding support.
  • Society for New Music$4,500 will be used for a collaborative program called Vision of Sound Project brought to Oswego and Fulton, culminating in a program of live music and dance at Waterman Theater in February 2017.
  • Symphoria - $25,000 will enable the organization to expand outreach to 5 school districts and the general population of Oswego County.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY-Oswego Youth Conservatory$6,000 will be used to expand the Oswego Youth Conservatory for K-12 students and also offer a new "Piano Class for Kids."
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY-Restart (art exhibition)$4,000. This grant will be used for a new art exhibit and a reintroduction to the newly renovated Tyler Art Gallery on a community-wide basis.  

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

  • Friends of Fulton Parks - $30,000.  This grant will be used towards the state Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation matching challenge grant for the unique Teen Play Space at Recreation Park on the shores of Lake Neatahwanta.
  • Fulton Kiwanis Recreation Association, Inc. - $9,500.  This grant will enable the organization to complete the renovation project started in 2014 by fixing up the bathrooms and making both handicapped accessible.
  • Operation Oswego County Foundation$25,000. This matching grant will be used for the winner of the upcoming 2017 Next Great Idea Business Plan Competition.
  • SUNY Oswego Office of Business - $5,000.  Funds will be used as bridge financing while alternative funding is being raised.
  • Town of Schroeppel Community Services Department$20,000. This grant will be used to continue the revitalization of the town park. Funding provided to resurface the basketball court in the spring.

Economic Revitalization:  Grants to organizations to promote community revitalization.

  • Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation$100,000. This matching grand award, payable in the spring of 2017 of up to $100,000 following completion of fundraising, given to the Fulton Block Builders, the new grassroots organization initiating a Healthy Neighborhood revitalization program in Fulton modeled after the Oswego Renaissance Association.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY-Oswego Renaissance - $150,000.  This grant represents the Foundation’s continued commitment to assist the ORA in accelerating the city of Oswego’s neighborhood revitalization initiative. More than 200 households participated in the Neighborhood Challenge over the past two years, contributing to neighborhood confidence and reinvestment beyond expectations.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY-The Smart Neighbors Project - $9,550.  This grant will fund a collaborative program between SUNY Oswego’s Creativity Lab and locally owned businesses in the city of Oswego, which culminates in a complete promotional campaign for a selected business each year.

Education:  Grants to schools and organizations with educational programs.

  • Fitzhugh Park School - $36,000.  The school will become the Oswego City School District pilot school of the Leader in Me whole-school transformation program.
  • Friends of Fort Ontario, Inc. - $10,000 will be used for professional photography for the artifacts in a new interactive Visitors Center Exhibit at the Fort. This project will be an important catalyst in spurring the movement to designate Fort Ontario as a National Park.
  • Girl Scouts of NYPenn Pathways - $5,000.  Funds will be used for the one day College Life program this spring at Fulton’s Cayuga Community College campus, giving 9th and 10th grade girls in Oswego County the opportunity to expand their horizons and learn what it would be like to go to college.
  • H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego$35,000. This grant will be used for the Long-Range Implementation Plan Phase 1, Year 2 towards achieving an Absolute Charter from the NYS Board of Regents.
  • Harbor Festivals Guild - $5,000 will be used to offer fun, educational activities, such as the S.T.E.A.M. station and the Robotics station, to children this year at the Harborfest Children’s Park in Oswego.
  • Literacy Coalition of Oswego County-Raising Kids Who Read - $20,600 will be used to expand literacy outreach to families in the county through a partnership with the Oswego County Fair this summer.
  • Merry-Go-Round Playhouse - $15,000.  Funds will be used in five school districts in Oswego County to provide professional live theatre that directly enforces what students learn in the classroom.
  • National Math Foundation$4,000 will be used for Math & Movement Institute scholarships for 8 teachers from Oswego City School District.
  • Oswego County Historical Society$26,000. This grant will be used for the creation of an online Teacher Resource Project for Oswego County schools to ensure that Oswego County's history and heritage are preserved online for easy access.
  • The Children's Museum of Oswego$250,000. An initial installment of $100,000 and the remaining $150,000 payable over three years toward their Build, Play, Grow fundraising campaign for the design, fabrication and installation of exhibits in their new location.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY-At the Art Studio$15,000. This grant will be used to expand the age range of students and offer two programs in the summer.
  • Visions for Change$35,000 will fund a pilot program, "Choosing to Thrive Workforce Development Program," in collaboration with the City of Oswego.
  • Wisdom Thinkers Network$25,000. Third year capacity building funding for the next phase of development and growth.

Health and Human Services:  Grants to nonprofits providing social and human services. color:#333333">

  • Blessings in a Backpack-Fulton Chapter$12,000.  This grant, paid in three yearly installments of $4,000, will be used to expand their mission to provide nutritious food on the weekend to any Fulton school-age child who needs it.
  • Blessings in a Backpack-Oswego Chapter$8,000. This grant will expand their mission to provide nutritious food on the weekend to any Oswego school-age child who needs it.
  • County of Oswego Council on Alcohol & Addictions, Inc. - $10,500.  Funds will be used for an Alcohol Awareness Campaign, which includes an agency license to provide Responsible Server Training to liquor licensed facilities across the county.
  • David's Refuge$5,700 will be used to increase services to more couples this year with expanded outreach and partnerships in Oswego County.
  • Friends of Camp Hollis - $20,000.  Funds will be used to replace the current playground with an updated and safer playground which will help promote development in the areas of motor skills, social imagination, auditory, tactile, and visual skills.
  • Oswego County Health Department$15,000. This grant will fund "Healthy Families Oswego," a new county pilot of the Healthy Families New York Home Visiting program.
  • Oswego County Opportunities, Inc.$30,000. Funds awarded to OCO for their SAF Shelter and program for a new security system and fencing around the shelter to increase the level of security for residents and staff.
  • Oswego Industries$11,000 will be used for the project, "Caterbilities," which provides vocational training and skill building in the community for individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Peaceful Remedies$11,000. Start-up funding for development of a marketing plan and holistic educational programs- Key Note Speaker for 2017 Holistic Wellness Fair, a 2-part series on healthy eating by a holistic nutritionist, new mindful meditation weekly series, and developing a lending library and new promotional materials.
  • Sage Brook Horse Foundation & Youth Program, Inc. - $15,000 will used to build an outdoor riding arena to provide training for youth and veterans.
  • St. Luke Health Services$30,000. Funds will be used to establish the first Adult Social Day Care program in Oswego County called "The Cornerstone Club."
  • Syracuse Jewish Family Service - $25,000 will fund an initiative, "BeWell in Oswego," to provide emotional wellness services to older adults and practicum training to SUNY Oswego students.