Local Funding Resources
Central New York Community Foundation
The Central New York Community Foundation’s Strategic Partnership Fund supports organizations seeking to create new synergies in and between nonprofits that will enable them to enhance program delivery and achieve more effective and efficient use of limited financial and human resources.
Grants from the Strategic Partnership Fund support willing organizations pursuing the following:
- Exploration, Pre-Negotiation, Negotiation & Due Diligence
- Administrative consolidation
- Joint programming
- Joint venture
- Formation of subsidiary or parent-subsidiary
- Reengineering or restructuring
- Mergers and consolidations
- Nonprofit dissolutions
Funds will be made available for nonrecurring costs related specifically to implementing strategic partnership activities listed above. Typical expenses include professional, legal, human resource management, information management, organizational development and/or technical assistance required to accomplish a desired change.
Those organizations serving Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga or Oswego counties are eligible to apply.
Garrett Dunsmoor Foundation
The Garrett Dunsmoor Memorial Foundation builds relationships with Oswego County organizations to help provide support to groups that share our vision: to improve the lives of youth in our community.
Grant Types and Requirements:
We focus on grant requests within the areas of Youth Sports, Youth Arts & Sciences, Community Projects, and Youth Advocacy.
All grants must further the foundation's mission to benefit youth in or around Oswego, NY.
All grants must go towards non-profit organizations
Grants typically range from $500 - $2,000. In some cases, we may approve larger grants and approval amounts may vary based on how many applications are received.
GDMF does not typically fund:
Salaries or stipends
Facility renovation or construction
Political purposes or lobbying
Direct grants to individuals
Health Foundation of Western & Central New York
Founded in 2002 as the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, they awarded their first grants in April 2004. Since that time, they have awarded more than 400 grants totaling more than $30 million to fund programs in 16 counties in western and central New York. From its inception, they have focused their funding on programs that improve health outcomes for two of the most vulnerable and underserved populations in their regions – older adults and children birth to age five who are impacted by poverty. They serve 16 counties, including Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties in western New York, as well as Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins counties in central New York.
Funding is considered for programs that are in line with their mission, vision and values, and support one or more of three focus areas:
- Vulnerable Older Adults
- Young Children Impacted by Poverty
- Community Health Capacity
John Ben Snow Foundation
The John Ben Snow Foundation, Inc. was established in 1948 by John Ben Snow and continues to operate under the terms of its original charter. The present members of its Board, six in numbers, includes person of diverse occupational backgrounds and geographic areas. The John Ben Snow Foundation focuses funding for tax-exempt organizations primarily serving Central New York across a range of program areas. The Board meets once a year, usually in June, to approve new grants and review previously funded projects.
In 1975, two years after his death, The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust was established in New York. The four original trustees were a member of the Snow family, a lawyer, a publishing associate and a corporate trustee, the Irving Trust Company, now BNY Mellow N.A. The current trustees continue this legacy being well aware of the donor and his beliefs, values and ideals. The John Ben Snow Memorial Trust strategically focuses funding within specific geographic regions of the United State across a range of program areas. They meet once a year, usually in June.
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
Our mission is to provide grants to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of diverse communities, eliminate barriers to care, and bridge gaps in health services.
We are motivated by the example of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, who worked tirelessly toward social justice and dedicated her life in service to the poor.
Consistent with the ethical principles, tenets, and teachings of the Roman Catholic faith, our Foundation supports initiatives that enhance access to affordable quality healthcare and healthcare-related services, and address unmet healthcare and healthcare-related needs of communities across New York State. This includes addressing the social determinants of health.
Our goal is to build a brighter future for generations of New Yorkers regardless of faith.
Oswego County Community Foundation
The Oswego County Community Foundation is a geographically-specific fund administered by the Central New York Community Foundation. This philanthropic initiative serves as a collection of gifts from many donors who are committed to preserving and enhancing the quality of life for residents of Oswego County through a permanent charitable endowment. Grants are awarded annually to aid vital programs in the fields of arts & culture, environment & animals, education, human services, health and civic affairs.
Oswego County Youth Bureau
The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau has a limited amount of funding available for mini-grants. These funds are, in part, from the NYS Office of Children and Family Services. For this year only: programs/events must occur during the months of July, August or September!
The Youth Bureau Board of Directors is soliciting proposals from not-for-profit community organizations in Oswego County to support projects that provide activities for youth during non school hours (after school, nights, weekends, school breaks, summer). These mini-grants will be funded with Youth Development funds.
The Boeheim Foundation
The Jim and Juli Boeheim Foundation strives to enrich the lives of kids in need within our Central New York Community, as well as, provide support for eliminating cancer through research and advocacy. The Foundation is committed to assisting organizations in need of funding to support innovative and creative projects and/or programs.
The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation
Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman owned the Wine Merchants, Ltd. Companies, located in New York, Ohio and Florida, for more than 50 years. Throughout their lives, the Reismans were passionate supporters of community organizations. Marshall was always willing to give an opportunity to someone who had a desire to succeed. The Foundation looks for that “desire to succeed” in its applicants.
The Dorothy and Marshall M. Reisman Foundation is a private foundation dedicated to the stewardship of the funds entrusted to its care. The Foundation is committed to using its resources to enhance the quality of life through support of organizations located primarily in Onondaga County, New York. The Foundation is governed by federal tax law and accordingly disburses funds to tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations approved by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The Reisman Foundation is pro-active in seeking grant proposals from qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations as well as accepting unsolicited proposals.
The Gifford Foundation
The Rosamond Gifford Charitable Corporation (The Gifford Foundation) is a private foundation dedicated to the stewardship of the funds entrusted to its care by Rosamond Gifford in 1954. The Foundation is committed to using its financial and human resources to build the capacity of individuals and organizations to enhance the quality of life for the people of Central New York.
As an independent private foundation with a visionary board, the Gifford Foundation is uniquely positioned as an innovative presence in Central New York. Through their initiatives, grantmaking and community engagement, they direct their support in an intentionally transformative and flexible manner. It is their fundamental belief that change at the individual or organizational level holds the potential to institute change at broader community levels.
Women's Fund of Central New York
The Women’s Fund of Central New York, founded in 1998, is a volunteer-led fund which supports, empowers and recognizes the advancement and full participation of women and girls in Central New York through an endowment fund, grants and initiatives. The Women’s Fund of Central New York is an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.
National Funding Resources
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
We support programs in Dollar General hometown communities that are helping individuals take their next steps toward a bright future.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation provides grant funding to support literacy and education initiatives serving individuals of all ages. The Foundation funds nonprofit organizations, schools and libraries within a 15-mile radius of Dollar General stores in the states in which they operate.
Walmart.org supports work directly related to our philanthropic priorities and markets where Walmart operates. For some programs, we invite proposals by directly contacting organizations. For others, we publish requests for proposals (RFPs), accept concept notes or have an open application process. See below for more information to help you get started.