Shineman Foundation Donates Nearly $300,000 to CNY Not-for-Profits

OSWEGO, NY - Shineman Foundation Donates Nearly $300,000 to CNY Not-for-Profits

Sixteen Central New York not-for-profit organizations, a large percentage of which are based in Oswego County, received grants from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation in its second grant round of 2015 at its July board meeting. Projects encompass a wide range of focus areas, including health and welfare for children, training and education, arts and culture, armed forces outreach, neighborhood parks, and capital campaigns.

These projects will benefit Oswego County on a number of fronts. CAC Foundation and the Coalition to combat substance abuse in Oswego County led by Farnham Family Services received grants for programs to protect our youth. The Palermo United Methodist Church is using a Shineman grant to set up a training center in its facility in order to partner with community agencies to provide volunteer training to young people from a several mile radius on parenting and life skills such as budgeting, money management, and planning and cooking meals, to name a few. On Point for College received funding to provide assistance to first generation college students attending SUNY Oswego.

The H. Lee White Marine Museum received funding to hire a full-time curator and focus on the first phase of a plan to take initial steps to turn the museum into a permanently certified, cutting-edge Great Lakes marine museum.

Several arts and culture grants were awarded to the following organizations for development of collaborative programs in our community: ARTSwego in a collaboration with NYC-based The Acting Company, Ontario Center for Performing Arts (aka Oswego Music Hall) and Symphoria. Sponsored by the Research Foundation for SUNY, two SUNY Oswego departments received funding for their inspirational approach to collaboration with local school age children.  The SUNY art department will be offering, beginning in the fall, a weekend workshop series "At the Art Studio" for children and young adults.  SUNY's Tyler Art Gallery has developed a collaborative program with local school art teachers to encompass an eclectic art exhibition, including tours to the art gallery on campus.

The American Red Cross received funding to develop a reconnection program for returning service men and women, which includes the creation and distribution of an Oswego County Veteran Resource Guide.

Other projects included the grant promised last year to assist in construction of batting cages for Oswego Little League in and around the Fort Ontario baseball fields. Also funded was Friends of Fulton Parks who, with the city of Fulton's assistance, plan to renovate the pavilion at Recreation Park adjacent to Lake Neatahwanta. 

A matching challenge grant of up to $100,000 payable over five years, was awarded to the Northwest Family YMCA toward the last $1 million of its capital campaign.

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