Oswego Renaissance Association

Oswego Renaissance: Awarded $150,000 representing the foundation's continued commitment to assist the ORA in its seventh year of growing the momentum of reinvestment and vibrancy in the city of Oswego's neighborhoods.


The Oswego Renaissance Association, now in its eighth year, did not let the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic prevent them from having a highly successful season.

In 2020, 15 blocks were awarded the Block Challenge Grant. Over 140 participating properties/owners completed projects. An additional 14 smaller Neighborhood Pride Projects were awarded to various neighborhood groups, streets and parks, as well as 21 Paint Oswego Grants.

The Shineman Foundation awarded Oswego Renaissance Association a matching $150,000 grant for the 2021 Block Challenge Program. The ORA was able to make awards to more than 25 blocks for 2021.

The Shineman Foundation continues to drive Oswego's momentum forward. The ORA has proven to be the most prominent grant recipient in catalyzing positive change in the community.

ORA is collaborating with the Oswego County Land Bank to acquire properties in Target Zones. In collaboration with the city of Oswego Mayor's Office, nearly a dozen neighbors are sponsoring an ash tree pesticide treatment to preserve trees in their neighborhood. ORA Director Paul Stewart was appointed to the Reforming the Police Committee for the city to advocate for strengthening community policing. The sixth Oswego Porchfest will take place September 19th.


Oswego residents invested $3.00 for every $1.00 Oswego Renaissance Association awarded in Block Challenge Grants.

Residents have invested $3.68 million in their properties over the past seven years. In its longest running Target Zone, market values of homes have increased more than 25%.