Central New York Community Foundation Awards $1,415,350 in Grants

December 9, 2008 (Syracuse, NY) – The Central New York Community Foundation awarded $1,415,350 in community grants to 14 charitable organizations in Onondaga and Madison Counties from its unrestricted and field‑of‑interest funds. This is the largest expenditure in any grant round in the organization’s 81-year history.

Among the grants, some large-scale projects were funded.

The Salvation Army received $130,000 to support the purchase and rehabilitation of the Booth House Youth Emergency Shelter. This is the Community Foundation’s third-largest grant ever awarded. Booth House, the only authorized emergency shelter for youth 12-17 years old in Onondaga County, will use the grant to purchase a larger facility and expand its vital community services. The programprovides immediate housing 24 hours a day, along with a wide variety of services including family counseling, mediation, case management, homebound schooling, living skills training and recreation.

The Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse received $77,350 to support the creation of a fund development strategy to secure diversified long-term funding for the club. Founded in 1892, the Boys & Girls Club has a strong track record of serving youth in distressed neighborhoods. Branches across the community currently serve 550 children and teens daily during the school year. Programming focuses on educational success and job readiness.

As stated in a previous announcement, the Say Yes to Education Syracuse Demonstration Program received a $1,000,000 pledge from the Community Foundation. Private contributions earmarked for scholarships for Syracuse City School District students will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Community Foundation, up to $1,000,000 before the end of 2013. The fund will provide full tuition to Syracuse City School District graduates who attend SUNY/CUNY schools.Other grants awarded were:Plymouth Day Care Center received $6,000 to upgrade the Center’s phone and building security system.

Learning Disabilities Association received $20,000 to provide educational consulting services to families with learning disabled children.

Mental Health Association received $25,000 to support community relationship-building activities that will increase membership and advocacy collaborations.

WHOLE ME received $15,000 to support a full-time Sign Language Interpreter/Service Coordinator to meet increasing demand for sign language interpretation.

Heritage Farm received $6,000 to purchase farming equipment that will be used to produce free fresh vegetables for the Food Cupboard, a food pantry in Hamilton.

Rescue Mission Alliance of Syracuse received $30,000 to support a full-time Job Coach that will work with homeless individuals seeking gainful employment.

Syracuse Golden Gloves Athletic & Education Center received $15,000 to purchase equipment for the newly expanded after school boxing program

Huntington Family Centers received $26,000 to implement services that will divert youth from juvenile justice or correction programs.

Izaak Walton League received $35,000 to engage 600 more students in Project Watershed’s educational programs that use streams as living classrooms in Onondaga and Madison counties.

On Point for College received $10,000 to support the purchase of a twelve-passenger van to assist with college visits and to transport students to and from their college during school breaks.

Metropolitan Development Foundation received $20,000 to purchase and implement WIN Strategic Compass data management software that will support economic development initiatives in the region.

The Central New York Community Foundation has served Central New York for over 80 years, receiving, managing and distributing charitable funds for the benefit of not-for-profit organizations. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. The region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Central New York Community Foundation awards over $5 million in grants to not-for-profit organizations annually. The Community Foundation, of 500 South Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or www.cnycf.org.

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