What We Support
The Richard S. Shineman Foundation uses its financial resources to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, enhance the quality of life, and serve as a "Catalyst for Change" in Oswego County. With these overarching objectives in mind, we offer the following guidance to organizations who are considering applying to our Foundation for support.
Types Of Grants
Organizational capacity building
Projects that strengthen a nonprofit’s ability to fulfill its mission and sustain itself over time, thereby enhancing the nonprofit’s ability to have a positive impact on lives and communities.
Time-limited projects that usually will not need on-going funding
New and innovative programs, or the expansion of proven existing programs that address the community’s most pressing needs
Grants for nonprofit organizations in their startup phase, or established nonprofits starting up a new program, offering or approach. Seed grants may cover salaries and other operating expenses of a new project.
Nonprofit fundraising campaign with the goal of raising a large amount of money for a specific purpose within a predetermined time frame. The goal of a capital campaign is to raise funds for a specific infrastructure project that is essential to furthering the organization’s mission.
A grant that is paid only if the organization is able to raise additional funds from other sources. Challenge grants are often used to stimulate giving from other donors.
We offer two grant categories: Strategic grants for requests over $5,000, and Mini grants for requests of $5,000 or less.
Arts and Culture
Music, music education, museums, historical societies, theaters
Community improvement development, philanthropy/volunteerism, capacity building, etc.
Economic well-being and quality of life of individuals and the local community are improved according to targeted goals and objectives. Examples: job creation/job retention, job training and educational programs to grow skills and develop tools needed for business success.
Early childhood development and education for children, adult learning programs, etc.
Beautification, environmental protection, restoration and saving of natural habitat
Health and Human Services
Counseling programs, alcohol & drug related programs, crisis/domestic violence, medical services, senior services, respite care, food related, homelessness and housing
Preservation and protection of artifacts of historical significance
- At this time, we will consider organizations that are located in -- or can demonstrate a direct benefit to -- Oswego County through specific projects or programs.
- Grants are only made to organizations that are classified as tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or those that are considered exempt such as governmental subdivisions.
- Grant applications for large requests for funding will not be considered until at least 50% of the total project cost has been raised by the applicant prior to submitting an application.
- For capital projects, the Foundation will award no more than 10% of the total project budget.
- No grants or loans will be made to individuals.
Additionally, We Favor Proposals That:
- focus on making a positive and transformative impact to the community of the proposed use of money, including long-term investments in social capital and infrastructure;
- enhance the viability of the applicant, and the sustainability of the program;
- have clearly stated and achievable, objectives and time-frames;
- and emphasize collaboration within the community and the inclusion of diverse voices/perspectives.