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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.

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Types Of Grants

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Organizational capacity building

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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.

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Special Projects

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Time-limited projects that usually will not need on-going funding

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New programs

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New and innovative programs, or the expansion of proven existing programs that address the community’s most pressing needs

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Seed grants

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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.

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Capital campaigns

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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.

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Challenge grants

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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.

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Focus Areas

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Arts and Culture

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Music, music education, museums, historical societies, theaters

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Civic Benefit

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Community improvement development, philanthropy/volunteerism, capacity building, etc.

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Economic/Workforce Development

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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.

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Education

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Early childhood development and education for children, adult learning programs, etc.

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Environment

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Beautification, environmental protection, restoration and saving of natural habitat

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Health and Human Services

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Counseling programs, alcohol & drug related programs, crisis/domestic violence, medical services, senior services, respite care, food related, homelessness and housing

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Historic Preservation

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Preservation and protection of artifacts of historical significance

Applicant Qualifications:

  • 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.
  • 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.
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