Shineman Foundation Awards $272,732 to Regional Not-for-Profits

April 27, 2023 (Oswego, New York)


Eleven Oswego County not-for-profit organizations were awarded grants from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation in its first grant round of 2023 at its April board meeting. Projects encompass a range of focus areas, including health and human services, respite care, education and workforce development, and the arts.

The funded projects will benefit Oswego County on several fronts. The most significant award, $74,600, was given to Fulton Family YMCA to support its Camp and Outdoor Recreation for Youth – designed as an outdoor recreation space – that provides summer and after-school programming to local youth. The second largest grant was awarded to On Point for College at $60,000 to support college-bound students with comprehensive support that includes the college application process, college visits and needed resources to ensure their success.

The Shineman Foundation awarded several grants to support the arts community in Oswego County. The CNY Community Arts Center was awarded a grant to revamp its website and develop a user-friendly online registration system. The Ontario Center for the Performing Arts, which operates the Oswego Music Hall, received a grant award to conduct targeted marketing with the goal of increasing its membership and audience. Symphoria was awarded a multi-year grant to expand its Music for Oswego programming throughout Oswego County.

Central New York Lyme and Disease Alliance were awarded a Disease Prevention Education Outreach grant for Oswego County services and programming. David’s Refuge was provided a grant to support Respite, Wellness, and Community Programming for Oswego County residents. The H. Lee White Museum was awarded a matching grant to support its Educational Tall Ship Project.

Three mini-grants were awarded and included a mini-grant to Oswego Industries to support a redesign of its website. The State Street Methodist Church was awarded a mini-grant for its Helping Hands Program, which provides under-resourced community members with toiletries and paper products. Peaceful Remedies was awarded a mini-grant to support Circle Talk for Men programming and technology upgrades.

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