Grants: 2020

Recent Grants

Strategic and Mini Grants were given to the following organizations in 2020:

Arts and Culture: Grants to nonprofits providing art programs.

  • CNY Arts, Inc. - Awarded $20,000 to provide funding to arts and culture organizations across the county that have experienced a huge decline in revenues due to COVID-19.
  • CNY Community Arts Center - Received $5,000 to assist with uncovered operating expenses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • CNY Community Arts Center - Received a capacity-building grant of $24,000 to purchase a movie-projection system.
  • Everson Museum of Art - Awarded a three-year grant of $45,000 to expand its digital programming into Oswego County schools, senior centers and libraries.
  • Ontario Center for Performing Arts: Oswego Music Hall - Received a capacity-building grant of $33,236 to purchase essential technical equipment upgrades.
  • Oswego Players - Received a grant award of $160,000 to address programming expansion and major structural improvements in and around the historic Civic Arts Center building adjacent to Fort Ontario.
  • Salmon River Fine Arts Center - Received a capacity-building grant of $17,000 to create two functioning studios in currently unused space that will be dedicated to youth in the community.
  • Symphoria - Awarded $5,000 for several virtual Christmas concerts in the county during December.
  • The REV Theatre - Awarded $15,000 for its virtual touring "Sequential Dramatics Program."

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

  • David C. Webb Memorial Park at Taft Bay - Awarded $30,000 to pay for the construction of a large, previously donated municipal-quality playground system.
  • Oswego County - Awarded $54,968 for workforce development efforts. Digital signage will be installed and new technology, including laptops and a recharging station, will be purchased in  order to establish a portable computer lab at the Career Center satellite office at the Department of Social Services building in Mexico.
  • Village of Phoenix - Received $30,000 for the installation of basketball and volleyball courts and fencing on the village-owned property adjacent to the Oswego River.

Economic Revitalization: Grants to organizations to promote community revitalization.

  • Landmark Theatre - Awarded $25,000 toward its auditorium seat replacement initiative.
  • Operation Oswego County Foundation - Awarded a matching grant of $40,000 for its 2021 Next  Great Idea Business Plan Competition, which will be paid at the end of March at the completion of its fundraising.
  • The Research Foundation for SUNY-Oswego Renaissance - Awarded $150,000 representing the foundation's continued commitment to assist the ORA in its seventh year of growing the momentum of reinvestment and vibrancy in the city of Oswego's neighborhoods.

Education: Grants to schools and organizations with educational programs.

  • Fitzhugh Park School - Awarded $22,006 for the fifth year of its very successful "The Leader in Me" program.
  • Grace & Glory Ministries - Awarded $56,668 for the expansion of its Foundations EDU program, which provides a structured environment for kids ages 5-13 during hybrid remote learning days or after school.
  • Museum of Science & Technology - Received $30,000 for its "Oswego County on the Go" science program, which will bring a virtual or in-person 45-minute classroom-based science demonstration to all 78 sixth-grade classes in 16 school buildings in Oswego County.
  • Safe Haven Holocaust Museum - Received $4,280 to pay for an audio app to help visitors navigate the exhibits in its newly renovated space.

Environment: Grants to environmental organizations and programs.

  • The Nature Conservancy - Received $15,000 toward a planned "greening" of its Pulaski office.

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

  • American Red Cross - Received $5,000 to assist with providing COVID-19 antibody testing on blood taken during blood drives in Oswego County.
  • Blessings in a Backpack/Fulton Chapter - Received $5,000 for its weekend backpack program for 250 children in the Fulton City School District.
  • Clear Path for Veterans - Awarded $35,000 for its Oswego Peer Expansion project.
  • David's Refuge - Received $8,000 for provision of respite/caregiver support to Oswego County parents and guardians of children with special needs.
  • Kristina's House of Hope - Received $40,481 in initial start-up funding so that it could open an emergency shelter for women dealing with substance abuse.
  • Oswego County Children's Fund - Received $5,000 for its 2020 Christmas Fund.
  • St. Luke Health Services - Awarded $10,000 to supplement the grant approved by the state Department of Transportation for purchase of a replacement bus.
  • United Way of Greater Oswego County - Awarded a capacity-building grant of $9,373 to purchase new technology for its office.
  • Victory Transformation - Awarded $60,000 to pay for renovations of its new home at the former Vale Haven in Oswego.
  • Volunteer Transportation Center - Received $70,000 to refurbish space at Catholic Charities in Fulton for a dispatch office so that it can bring its proven volunteer transportation model to Oswego County.

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

  • Heritage Foundation of Oswego County - Awarded a $10,455 grant to collaborate with the newly formed Oswego History Records Center for their historical archives digitization project.
  • Schroeppel Historical Society - Received $25,000 to assist in its mission-critical building repair project.