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Past Community Grants

View Grants from our 2014 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2013-March31, 2014):

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Third Quarter - Fiscal Year 2014

The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $417,943 in grants to 22 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from its unrestricted and field of interest funds.

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Syracuse City Ballet received $20,000 to support the purchase of sets and costumes for its future production of Cinderella. The items will be able to be repurposed for future productions.

Syracuse Stage
received $25,000 to purchase an upgraded digital sound console that will enhance audience experience by improving the quality and consistency of sound during its productions.

Economic Development

Le Moyne College, in partnership with the New York Family Business Center, received $20,000 to develop programming and curriculum that benefits the local family business community through professional development and support.

Environment and Animals

The Cazenovia Preservation Foundation received $43,500 to complete structural and aesthetic enhancements to an integrated pond and wetland ecosystem in the Village of Cazenovia.

The CNY Regional Planning & Development Board received $15,000 to develop curriculum and purchase materials to introduce the Energy Challenge program in middle school classrooms. The program will offer hands-on learning experiences that promote energy-saving techniques for school and home.

Syracuse Parks Conservancy received $18,200 to operate a grants program that will fund beautification improvements in Syracuse neighborhoods and parks.

Health Care

The American Heart Association Greater Syracuse Division received $25,000 to implement two awareness-building programs: 1) Go Red Por Tu Corazon, which empowers Latina women to take action against heart disease, and 2) Check. Change. Control., an education program for African American women that focuses on the importance of blood pressure self-monitoring.

The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception received $20,000 to purchase dental equipment and a portable x-ray machine that will allow its Amaus Health Services program to provide primary dental care to uninsured and underinsured patients.

Christian Health Service of Syracuse received $22,500 to increase access to quality, affordable primary care for Medicaid patients by adding one mid-level health care provider to its clinic.

VNA Homecare received $40,000 to expand its Care Transitions Program, which promotes a seamless transition for hospital patients when returning home to prevent further complications.

Human Services

ACR Health received $13,473 to provide youth leadership training through the Q Center,, which will allow participants to explore their strengths and encourage them to take part in in creating a more supportive community for LGBTQ youth.

ENABLE/TLS received $20,000 to purchase an upgraded server and other technology that will better handle the load of the agency’s combined staff following its recent merger.

Good Life Foundation received $15,000 to establish a life coaching program that will work with high-risk youth to develop a life plan through coaching, financial literacy and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Multicultural Association of Medical Interpreters (MAMI) received $14,260 to provide a training course to its court interpreters preparing for the New York State Court English Language Proficiency Exam.

Ophelia’s Place received $11,200 to install a new HVAC system at its Liverpool location, where it provides outreach, support and advocacy for those impacted by eating disorders.

Salvation Army of Syracuse received $29,000 to train its staff on trauma-informed care, which will help shelter workers to address the problems homeless clients have faced, such as abuse, neglect, illness or domestic violence.

St. Camillus Health and Rehabilitation Center received $23,276 to relocate and enhance its resident gathering space, used by its physical rehabilitation patients for activities, parties and family visits.

Public & Societal Benefit

First Tee of Syracuse received $20,000 to purchase a passenger van that will transport children from community centers and schools to golf courses for character development programming.

Small Grants

Community Resources for Independent Seniors received $7,000 to implement a time-banking system that allows community members to log volunteer time to exchange for other volunteer-driven services in the future.

Faith and Hope Community Center received $5,000 to purchase new equipment for itsfitness and boxing programs.

Chestnut Hill Elementary School received $7,000 to purchase new playground equipment.

Meals on Wheels/FM-JD received $3,534 to install an automatic door to ease loading and unloading of delivery vehicles.



Second Quarter - Fiscal Year 2014

The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $405,497 in grants to 14 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from its unrestricted and field of interest funds.

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Syracuse Children’s Chorus received $14,692 to start a Young Men’s Ensemble.


Literacy Volunteers of Greater Syracuse received $25,059 to implement a social media public relations and fundraising campaign to increase community awareness of its role in local adult education, and contribute to its long-term sustainability.

Environment and Animals

Baltimore Woods Nature Center received $13,216 to purchase a tractor utility package that will be used to maintain the Marcellus-based 182-acre nature preserve and its six miles of hiking trails.

Health Care

HealtheConnections received $7,000 to develop a business plan for its health planning services.

Oneida Healthcare Foundation received $11,300 to expand Fit Kids of Madison County, a health education, nutrition and fitness training program for overweight and obese children and their families.

Madison County Community Action Partnership received $50,000 to relocate and expand a free clinic that serves uninsured and underinsured patients in Oneida.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Foundation received a $150,000 to increase primary and mental health care to residents of the Near Westside neighborhood. The new 18,000 square foot location on Gifford Street. The new 18,000 square foot home will house primary care, pediatrics, OB/GYN, mental health, radiology, and phlebotomy services in one facility.

Human Services

Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse received $40,000 to support its Enhanced Teen Programming, which is designed to contribute to student and life success while reducing crime and delinquency.

Center for Court Innovation received $25,000 to expand its Patient Navigator program, which connects court-involved women and their children with health care providers and community resources to lower the risk of poor maternal and childhood health.

McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site received $40,700 to implement Darkness to Light, a community awareness program that works to help prevent child sexual abuse.

Public & Societal Benefit

FOCUS Greater Syracuse received $13,550 to assess the retention of aging Baby Boomers in Central New York for the benefit of community and economic development planning.

Small Grants

Clear Path for Veterans received $6,595 to purchase a cloud-based database system and office equipment.

CNY Family Bicycle Giveaway received $1,500 to replace tools and equipment used by volunteers to repair bicycles.

CORA Foundation/ArtRage Gallery received $6,885to host a series of engagement workshops in conjunction with its 2013-2014 exhibits.



First Quarter - Fiscal Year 2014

The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $348,439 in grants to 16 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from its unrestricted and field of interest funds.

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Open Figure Drawing Inc. received $2,200 to purchase a state-of-the-art portable lighting system to be used during weekly drawing sessions on- and off-site.

Redhouse Arts Center, Inc. received $25,000 to convert an existing rehearsal space into a LAB Theater, a “black box” style theatre that provides a public performance space for educational programming. The new space will be used for community experiential learning opportunities in professional theater.

Syracuse University/Light Work Visual Studies received $20,907 to add sound and amplification capabilities to the video projection system used for the Urban Video Project (UVP). UVP presents artistic works and popular films through outdoor exhibits that project on the outside wall of the Everson Museum.

Syracuse University/601 Tully St. received $15,000 to develop and pilot an art-based curriculum designed to increase the nutritional awareness and health of children at Seymour School, located on the Near Westside. To encourage children to make healthy choices about the food they eat, a Nature Matching System will be introduced in the curriculum, culminating in the creation of a large-scale mural at the school.


Orenda Springs Experiential Learning Center received $3,500 to purchase and install a teepee to be used as an element of its experiential learning program.

Health Care

Crouse Health Foundation received $50,000 to purchase a Tomosynthesis 3-D mammography machine to help increase the rate of breast cancer detection in Onondaga County. The machine utilizes advanced, high-resolution technology that can help detect cancer sooner than conventional 2-D mammography.

human Services

Cazenovia Community Preschool received $34,140 towards renovations at its new, expanded facility for the 40-year-old organization.

Chenango Nursery School received $7,000 to purchase materials and equipment for use in an outdoor infant play space.

Disabled American Veterans Transportation Network received $29,000 to replace two vehicles used to provide free transportation to veterans unable to get to the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center for treatment. In 2012, the Network provided nearly 24,000 rides, covering almost 500,000 miles, to veterans seeking medical treatment.

Fiver Children's Foundation received $23,000 to expand its year-round youth support and development programs at its camp in Madison County, including the expansion of community events, college workshops, health programs and transportation for participants to make college visits. The agency’s programming provides children who are living in poverty with positive experiences and role-models, giving them the skills to make healthy life decisions and avoid risky behaviors.

Vera House, Inc. received $40,000 to install a new roof on its main shelter building, which provides emergency housing to victims of domestic violence.

Whole Me, Inc. received $12,300 to purchase kitchen supplies that will be used to teach deaf and hard-of-hearing youth with the independent life skills needed to prepare their own food and adopt healthy eating habits.

Public & Societal Benefit

Cazenovia Area Community Development Association received $10,344 to install informational kiosks and trail signage along the Greater Cazenovia recreational trail system. This is part of a larger effort to increase awareness of the trail system and promote Cazenovia as a recreational destination.

Greater Syracuse Tenants Network received $10,345 to update its landlord training manual. The organization’s landlord training workshops are aimed at reducing the number of housing code or other violations at rental properties, ultimately leading to fewer instances of landlord abandonment of rental properties.  

Jubilee Homes of Syracuse, Inc. received $35,703 for energy efficiency upgrades and renovations at its new office on Syracuse’s Southside. The consolidation of community development and neighborhood revitalization services at one location will help the organization reduce overall operational costs.

Syracuse Jewish Family Service received $30,000to launch CNY PEARLS, a collaborative, community-based program that offers a series of home visits by trained counselors to help seniors overcome depression and improve their overall quality of life. This grant was funded by the Carriage House Foundation Fund.


View Grants from our 2013 Fiscal Year (April 1, 2012-March 31, 2013):

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Third Quarter - Fiscal Year 2013

The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $215,062 in grants to 10 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison counties from its unrestricted and field of interest funds.

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Syracuse Stage received $34,600 to introduce a community engagement program for veterans, active military and their families. The organization will offer complimentary tickets, transportation, pre-show welcome receptions, and small discussion groups in an effort to build lasting connections to the military community.

Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) received $5,000 to expand the Caribbean Cinematic Festival. The second annual festival, to be held February 6 – 10, 2013, will feature film, dance, spoken word, photography, discussion and food from the Caribbean.

Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) received $25,000 to support its Creekwalk Mobile History Tour, including signage and a mobile device app. OHA plans to utilize mobile QR code technology to make video content available to those reading the Creekwalk signs.

Economic Development

Cazenovia College received $30,000 to support programming at the New York State Center for Equine Business Development. Rural business owners from across the region will be offered workshops, an annual symposium and individual business consulting to help strengthen their equine businesses.


Hamilton Central School received $7,000 to support the building of a new children’s playground.

Environment (Animals)

Animal Alliance of Greater Syracuse received $20,000 to equip temporary mobile spay/neuter clinics in low income Syracuse neighborhoods to provide low-cost services and help regulate the stray and feral pet  populations.

The Great Swamp Conservancy (GSC) received $25,000 to support improvements to its Community Outreach Center in Canastota. Renovations of the current space will allow the center to offer new programs, expand attendance for existing programs, and display artifacts in a year-round facility.

Izaak Walton League of America received $32,982 to support after-school watershed and environmental stewardship education through the Creek Freaks program. The program will provide training and support to educators who work with youth in an extracurricular context.

Health Care

Oneida Healthcare Center received $10,480 to collaborate with the YMCA Tri-Valley, the Madison County Health Department, and local pediatricians on a pilot program that provides health education, nutrition and fitness training program for overweight and obese children and their families.

Human Services

YMCA of the Greater Tri-Valley received $25,000 to provide aquatic exercise and safety equipment at the Oneida branch. Purchasing and installing a pool lift and four underwater treadmills will allow the YMCA to better serve its members and comply with ADA regulations to allow therapeutic and recreational accessibility for all.

Second Quarter - Fiscal Year 2013

The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $320,030 in grants to eight charitable organizations in Onondaga County from its unrestricted and field-of-interest funds.

Economic Development

Partners for Education and Business received $25,000 to expand its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Teacher in the Workplace program, which places teachers in worksites in order to develop STEM-related lesson plans.


Partners In Learning, Inc. received $30,743 to update and expand the West Side Learning Center computer lab.


SUNY Upstate Medical University Foundation received $100,000 towards construction of the infusion playroom at the Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders to be housed in the new Upstate Cancer Center.

Human Services

Hillside Children’s Center received $28,500 to connect youth in foster care to relatives and other supportive adults through Family Finding services.

Meals on Wheels of FM and JD received $3,595 to update its kitchen stove and oven unit. This grant was funded by the Carriage House Foundation Fund.

On Point for College received $22,192 to support the Stop-Out Program designed to reenroll students have stopped out of college for various reasons.


Public & Societal Benefit

North Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps of North Syracuse received $10,000 to assist in the conversion of its mobile radio system.

Syracuse Housing Authority (SHA) received $100,000 to support the rehabilitation of 48 low-income housing units at 400 and 410 West Onondaga and 828 West Streets on Syracuse's Near Westside.

First Quarter - Fiscal Year 2013

The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $488,126 in grants to 21 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison Counties from its unrestricted and field of interest funds.

Arts, Culture & Humanities

CNY Jazz Arts Foundation received $20,901 to support communications activities related to existing, expanding, and modified programming for the upcoming season. The Foundation's programs present, perform, and teach jazz music to a diverse audience in Central New York and the grant will help CNY Jazz Arts to grow its audience base.

Landmark Theatre Foundation received $40,000 to install a public elevator to provide access to the second floor mezzanine, where many private and community functions are held, as well as to balcony seating.

Museum of Science & Technology Foundation (MOST) received $50,000 to support the Energy - Powering your Future exhibit, which focuses on energy generation and conservation. The museum offers state-of-the-art interactive exhibitions that entertain and teach people of all ages.

Skaneateles Festival received $3,240 to host a chamber music concert and community art show in collaboration with The Red House Arts Center.

George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation received $22,500 to support architectural drawings and project plans for the restoration of the Barnes Hiscock Mansion. This building remains a living connection to the history of Syracuse and the social conscience of many of its prominent mid-19 century residents.


Colgate University received $5,012 to support a Young Writer's Workshop with middle and high school students, hosted five days a week. Its goal is to provide students with a stimulating and supportive environment in which young writers may think, imagine, and discover new ideas through the act of writing.

Literacy Volunteers of Onondaga County received $8,336 to upgrade its server and purchase laptops to outfit its new location in the SUNY Educational Opportunity Center building. Its vision is a community where every adult who wants to learn to read, write, and speak English has access to a fully integrated education system.

Liverpool Central School District received $19,225 to implement a program called Math and Movement at Long Branch Elementary. The program uses movement-based learning techniques to improve math and reading skills and build self-confidence in students.



Alzheimer’s Association received $12,500 to expand their constituent and donor database, which will enhance client services. This grant was funded in part by the Carriage House Foundation Fund.

Central New York Eye and Tissue Bank received $25,000 to purchase a Microkeratome machine, a precision surgical instrument used for corneal transplants. Obtaining this machine will improve patient outcomes and organizational efficiencies.

Human Services

Brewerton Community Child Care Program received $7,000 to install a new playground for children of all ages.

Catholic Charities received $50,000 to install Service Point, a data management system that improves case management. The system will help managers determine how individuals can access all beneficial services, advise clients about additional services available to them, and evaluate the need for new services.

Children’s Center at SUNY Morrisville received $20,000 to furnish its newly expanded and renovated space. The Center serves students and faculty, as well as the greater Morrisville community.

Children’s Consortium received $18,399 to support the Get Ready to Read Workshop Series, which encourages a family approach to childhood literacy. This program focuses on advancing early literacy and encouraging parental involvement in the learning process.

Enable received $7,000 to install fencing around the accessible playground at its Court Street facility. Enable empowers people with disabilities to achieve their goals at home, school, work, and play.

From the Ground Up received $7,000 to support the purchase of a horse trailer. This organization provides horse related activities and riding skills to individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, social, and learning disabilities in a nurturing and challenging environment.

Hamilton Food Cupboard received $8,000 to purchase and install a greenhouse unit to grow fresh produce. The Hamilton food pantry helps provide healthy food to those who live in Madison County.

St. Camillus Health & Rehabilitation Center received $57,000 to install a new automatic sprinkler system in the nursing facility. This grant was funded in part by the Carriage House Foundation Fund.

Mental Health

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare (SBH) received $75,000 to furnish the children’s resource room and counselor/client workspace, located in its new facility in the Learbury Centre. The integrated facility will have medical suites where people can have their medical, psychiatric and medication needs met in a modern, supportive environment.

Public & Societal Benefit

Downtown Committee of Syracuse received $28,813 to expand the number of hanging baskets displayed in Downtown Syracuse following a successful pilot last year.

Camillus Canal Society received $3,200to construct ten exercise stations along the path of the Camillus Erie Canal Park to increase wellness and recreation options. The well-used park offers visitors a variety of things to do, ranging from over 10 miles of scenic wooded paths and walkways, to boat rides along the historic Erie Canal.


If you have grantmaking questions or would like to schedule a grant information meeting, please contact David Kilpatrick at
315-883-5555 or