Shineman Foundation Awards First Round Grants for 2018

Eight not-for-profit organizations were awarded grants totaling $400,000 from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation in the first of three 2018 grant rounds at its March board meeting. Projects reach a wide range of people and organizations that focus on community revitalization and preservation, education, health and human services, workforce development and arts and culture.

The Oswego Renaissance Association (ORA) was awarded $200,000, representing the foundation’s continued commitment to assist the ORA in its fifth year of growing the momentum of reinvestment and vibrancy in the city of Oswego’s neighborhoods.  Over 400 households in more than four dozen neighborhood clusters participated in the ORA’s Neighborhood Challenge over the past four years, contributing to neighborhood confidence and reinvestment beyond expectations.

A second community revitalization grant was given to the Parish Library as part of its capital campaign to raise 25% of the total funds needed to secure a New York State Library Construction Grant for expansion of the library in order to provide more services to Parish area residents.

In education and health, the Shineman Foundation awarded Oswego Health, in partnership with the Oswego County Health Department, a grant to implement the interactive Healthy Highway program in all 23 Oswego County elementary schools in the 2018-2021 academic years. This program teaches students healthy eating choices and is targeting the county’s 22% childhood obesity rate. Another grant was given to Harborfest for its Children’s Park to feature STEM activities.

In health and human services, funding was provided by the Shineman Foundation to several organizations. The Food Bank of CNY was awarded a grant to expand its mobile food pantry to Altmar and Volney where there is limited access to grocery stores or emergency food programs. Northern Oswego County Health Services, Inc. (NOCHSI) was provided funding to support the rollout of its rebranding initiative across the county.

In health and human services as well as economic revitalization, the Workforce Development Board was awarded a grant for its Skill Up Oswego County 2.0 initiative and public relations campaign to raise awareness of all the workforce development courses and services available at the county’s One Stop Career Center in Fulton.

The Shineman Foundation also awarded an arts and culture grant to CNY Arts Inc. which will be used to promote Oswego County’s art, cultural and historic venues across a ten county region via a comprehensive billboard, print and TV digital marketing campaign.