Shineman Foundation Announces First Grants of 2016

Fourteen not-for-profit organizations received grants totaling $340,000 from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation in the first of three 2016 grant rounds at its March board meeting. Projects reach a wide range of people and organizations that focus on community revitalization, education, arts and culture, and human services.

The largest award was given to the Oswego Renaissance Association, representing 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.

Other community revitalization grants were given to Friends of Fulton Parks toward 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, as well as the Camp Hollis Playground Facelift and the Fulton Kiwanis Kid Haven Clubhouse Renovation.

In education, the Shineman Foundation awarded the Oswego City School District a grant for Fitzhugh Park Elementary School to become the district pilot school of the Leader in Me whole-school transformation program. The Girl Scouts of NYPenn Pathways received a grant for its 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. A grant was also awarded to the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County for its Raising Kids Who Read outreach program to families in the county through a partnership with the Oswego County Fair this summer.

The County of Oswego Council on Alcohol and Addictions Inc. (COCOAA) received a grant for its Alcohol Awareness Campaign, which includes an agency license to provide Responsible Server Training to liquor licensed facilities across the county.

Other Shineman Foundation funded projects include photography for a new interactive Visitors Center exhibit at Fort Ontario, Merry-Go-Round Youth Theatre sequential dramatics program in the schools, Harborfest 2016 Children’s Park, Leadership Oswego County and a collaborative program between SUNY Oswego’s Creativity Lab and locally owned businesses in the city of Oswego called the Smart Neighbor’s Project, which culminates in a complete promotional campaign for a selected business each year.

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