Online Voting is Now Open for Local Nonprofit Grant

December 1, 2012 (Syracuse, NY) – Twenty-seven nonprofit organizations are competing for a grant in The CNY85 Giving Project and are calling on the public for support. The project that receives the most online votes by the end of the month will receive an $8,500 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation in celebration of its 85-year anniversary.

The Community Foundation is asking the public to visit cny85.org to view the full list of projects and vote for their favorite. Projects up for vote range from free art exhibitions to therapeutic horsemanship sessions. Each visitor may cast one vote per email address per day until December 31. The winner will be formally announced in mid-January, after all of the votes have been verified.

About The CNY85 Giving Project
The Community Foundation created The CNY85 Giving Project to use its 85-year anniversary as an opportunity to highlight the many nonprofit programs serving Central New York and inspire their support among community members. The month of December is the fourth and final voting period that the Community Foundation has opened to the public over the course of the year. The December voting round features arts, culture, recreation and civic engagement projects.
The Community Foundation recently awarded $8,500 to the third quarter’s winner – Jowonio School – to provide tablets and specialized communication apps to young children with special needs. The technology will allow children, some who struggle to or cannot speak, to engage with the classroom curriculum and participate socially with peers and adults, preparing them for the next level of their schooling.

About CNYVitals
Each round features projects of different themes based on findings of a community indicators project, CNYVitals. The community indicators were the result of a collaborative effort between Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, FOCUS Greater Syracuse, the Central New York Community Foundation, city and county municipalities and a host of community-based organizations that have signed on to help gather and analyze the data on Central New York’s greatest needs.

The resulting data is a snapshot of Central New York’s current state of affairs within various interest areas. The architects of the project hope that making this information available to the general public will inspire collaborative discussion and action to address the community’s most pressing needs while also focusing funding and programming on projects and initiatives that will have the greatest positive impact on the region. All of the data can be viewed and contributed to at cnyvitals.org.

About the Central New York Community Foundation
This year, the Central New York Community Foundation celebrates its 85-year anniversary. Founded in 1927, it strives to inspire philanthropy in Central New York by connecting the generosity of donors with community needs – making grants to organizations working to enhance the quality of life of those who live and work in Central New York from more than 600 charitable endowment funds that it manages. Grants are awarded for programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, environment, health, economic development and civic affairs. As the region’s largest endowed philanthropic foundation, the Community Foundation awards more than $6.7 million in grants to nonprofit organizations annually. The Community Foundation is located at 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 and can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or www.cnycf.org.

Projects Up For Vote
ArtRage Gallery (CORA Foundation)
Provide free art exhibitions from local and national artists focused on social justice issues
AURORA of CNY, Inc.
Offer a screening of the Peabody Award Winning Film, Going Blind, at the Palace Theater
Before & After School Child Care on Location, Inc.

Create an art-enrichment program for children and families in Onondaga County.
Cazenovia Area Community Development Association

Develop the Cazenovia Art Trail to a wider geographic area and enhance promotions
Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum
Construct an interactive model of a dry dock and sluiceway once used on the historic Erie Canal
CNY Jazz Central
Provide Syracuse youth, families and businesses with jazz programming
Community Folk Art Center
Expand annual music series to include workshops on African Diasporan musical traditions
Dance Theater of Syracuse
Implement the Dance Theater Connection Project to bring world-renowned dancers to Syracuse
Friends of Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery
Provide inclusive community volunteer-led programming to children
Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo
Start a FrogWatch USA chapter that engage youth and families in CNY’s natural world
From the Ground Up Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc.
Offer off-site therapeutic horsemanship sessions at Syracuse Parks & Recreation facilities
Landmark Theatre

Create a visual display that chronicles the Landmark Theatre’s 85-year history.
Madison Bouckville Promotions and Town of Madison
Provide rest benches and temporary shelters at Madison Bouckville Antique week
National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum (NAHOF)
Install a lift at the Smithfield Community Center that provides second-floor access to the Museum
Oneida Improvement Committee, Inc.
Create a connecting non-motorized multiuse trail system in and around the City of Oneida
Open Figure Drawing Inc.
Install energy efficient lighting in community drawing studio
Partnership for Community Development (for the Great Chocolate Train Wreck Festival)
Bring a Grammy Award-winning children’s musician to the Great Chocolate Train Wreck Festival
Punto De Contacto (Point of Contact)
Amplify youth education program offered through EL PUNTO Art Studio’s arts education workshops
Rarely Done Productions
Offer touring  productions that provide seldom seen theater to rural and outlying communities
Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities – St. Marianne Cope Museum

Enable the St. Marianne Cope Museum to become a nationally recognized destination
Syracuse Children’s Theatre
Provide scholarships to underserved and foster children to attend theatre classes
Syracuse Shakespeare Festival
Bring abridged versions of Shakespearean classics to schools in Central New York
The Central New York Shakespeare Festival
Conduct a season of pay-what-you-will Shakespeare theatre production
WHOLE ME, Inc.

Produce a documentary that tells the story of local Deaf and hard-of-hearing high school students

Cast your vote at www.cny85.org.

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