Grants: 2017

Recent Grants

Strategic Grants were given to the following organizations in 2017:

Arts and Culture: Grants to nonprofits providing art programs.

  • CNY Arts Center - $15,000 will be used for a marketing initiative, "Fulton's Future Project," to develop a vibrant arts community in Fulton.
  • Merry-Go-Round Playhouse - Received $10,000 for its touring "Sequential Dramatics Program."
  • Oswego Players - In collaboration with six other art organizations, $9,700 was awarded to promote the Bemelmans Festival at Fort Ontario in May 2017.
  • Red House Arts Center Inc. - Received $15,000 in support of its capital campaign to fund its expansion and move into the old Sibley's Building in downtown Syracuse.
  • Safe Haven - This $12,000 capacity building grant will be used for redevelopment of its brand and website.
  • Symphoria$20,000 will be used for its December 7 performance at St. Mary's Church in Oswego and its summer 2018 concert at Fort Ontario.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY$12,000 awarded to the SUNY Oswego art department. They will be offering an expanded day option to its "At the Art Studio" program for children in grades K-12 beginning in the fall.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY - Received $4,900 for a highly collaborative project between Oswego City Schools' art teachers and the SUNY Oswego art department called the "My Hometown Banner Project" to showcase schoolchildren's artwork on banners around the city of Oswego during the autumn of 2017.

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

  • SUNY Oswego Office of Business & Community Relations - Received $5,000 in funding to expand and enhance its Leadership Oswego County programming for the upcoming 2017-18 program year.

Economic Revitalization:  Grants to organizations to promote community revitalization.

  • Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation$100,000. A matching grant award was given to Fulton Block Builders, the grass roots organization in Fulton which initiated a very successful Healthy Neighborhood revitalization program this year modeled after the Oswego Renaissance Association's highly successful program in Oswego. The $100,000 award is a matching grant payable in the spring of 2018 following completion of fundraising in Fulton.
  • Preservation Revitalization of Pulaski - Received $10,000 to assist with an electrical upgrade at Pulaski's South Park.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY-Oswego Renaissance - Awarded another $150,000 representing the Foundation's continued commitment to assist the ORA in growing the momentum of reinvestment and vibrancy in the city of Oswego's neighborhoods. More than 300 households participated in the Neighborhood Challenge over the past three years, contributing to neighborhood confidence and reinvestment beyond expectations.
  • Town of Schroeppel Community Services Department$25,000. This grant will be used to continue the revitalization of the town park. Funding provided to resurface the tennis courts in the spring.

Education:  Grants to schools and organizations with educational programs.

  • Everson Museum of Art - Received $30,000 for the expansion of its educational tours and outreach programming to art teachers and their classes.
  • Frederick Leighton HSA - Received $20,000 toward its fundraising campaign to purchase new playground equipment for installation this fall.
  • H. Lee White Maritime Museum - Awarded $23,500 in support of its long range strategic goal of becoming a nationally recognized museum with an Absolute Charter.
  • Harbor Festivals Guild - Received $5,000 for its 2017 Harborfest Children’s Park in Oswego.
  • Museum of Science & Technology$40,000 will be used to bring its science program, "Oswego County Science on the Go," to all 78 sixth-grade classes in 16 school buildings in Oswego County.
  • National Math Foundation - $40,000 will be used to establish a Math Corps II pilot program at Charles E. Riley and Minetto elementary schools in the 2017-18 school year to boost student achievement through movement-based learning.
  • Oswego City School District - Awarded $9,900 in scholarship funding to send teachers and administrators to the National Math Foundation's Summer Institute on Math and Movement.
  • Oswego City School District - A second grant of $22,566 was awarded for Fitzhugh Park Elementary School to expand its pilot of the "Leader in Me" whole-school transformation program.
  • Onondaga County Community College - This $30,000 grant will be used to bring its Early College Credits program to all the high schools in Oswego County during the 2017-18 school year.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY - Awarded $5,00 for SUNY's "Oswego Kids Tech" programs: "STEM 4 Kids" for grades K-3 and "Young Inventors" for grades 4-6, taught by pre-service Technology and Engieneering Education majors at SUNY Oswego.
  • Weston T. Hyde OC Educational Foundation - Received $31,000 for the launch of the pilot "Read to Them" family literacy program in the Fulton, Mexico and Oswego school districts.

Environment:  Grants to environmental organizations and programs.

  • Central New York Land Trust - A matching challenge grant of up to $50,000 was awarded to assist The Friends of Great Bear in raising the remaining campaign funds required to purchase Whiskey Island and Great Bear Farm.

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

  • American Red Cross of CNY - $10,000 in funding to support its blood services capacity-building project, which will speed up its delivery of blood across New York state.
  • ARISE - The Oswego chapter was awarded $10,000 to expand its aluminum ramp program to enable more house-bound individuals to get out into the community.
  • Blessings in a Backpack-Fulton$4,000. 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$8,000. To expand their mission to provide nutritious food on the weekend to any Oswego school-age child who needs it. 
  • Child Advocacy Center (CAC) - $250,000. An initial installment of $100,000 and the remaining $150,000 payable over five years for its new permanent home.
  • Catholic Charities of Oswego County - $250,000. An initial installment of $100,000 and the remaining $150,000 payable over five years toward renovation of its newly acquired building.
  • David's Refuge$8,400 will be used to continue the expansion of its mission to provide respite/caregiver support to parents and guardians of children with special needs in Oswego County.
  • Friends of Oswego County Hospice - This $15,000 grant will be used to increase its outreach efforts.
  • Fulton Family YMCA - Received $12,000 for establishment of its LIVESTRONG cancer program.
  • Move Along Inc.$5,900 will be used to purchase specialized wheelchairs for use in its newly launched tennis program.
  • Oswego County Children's Fund - Received $3,244 in funding that will enable them to offer a more efficient and streamlined online registration process for the 500 families who use its holiday gift program.
  • Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. - Received $50,000 in funding to keep its Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter open.
  • Oswego Health Foundation - Received $35,000 for its telemedicine initiatives.
  • Oswego Industries - $125,000. An initial installment of $50,000 and the remaining $75,000 payable over three years to renovate a building on its campus in Fulton into an upgraded space to expand its community-based services, as well as a licensed childcare center open to the community. 
  • Oswego YMCA$300,000. An initial installment of $100,000 and the remaining $200,000 payable over five years toward Phase 1 of its renovation project to reconnect the armory to the pool and renovate its locker rooms.
  • Pregnancy Care Center - This $5,000 capacity building grant will be used for client services education.
  • Purpose Farm - This $20,000 grant will be used to build its capacity to serve at risk children ages 6-18 through adult mentorship and pairing with rescued animals.
  • Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) - A capacity building grant of $5,000 will be used to expand its "6 Steps to Better Balance" program throughout the county.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY - Received $26,100 on behalf of Prevention Support Partners for its Circle of Security Parenting 2017-18 scholarship program to train staff at six agencies in the county on this internationally recognized, evidence-based parenting program.