Cayuga Fund distributes more than $30,000 in grants

May 29, 2015 (Cayuga, NY) – The Cayuga Community Fund, a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, awarded $31,590 to 17 nonprofit organizations that serve residents of Cayuga County.

Central New York Adult Homes (Evergreen Heights) received $4,000 to build a new covered entryway to allow for easier accessibility and safer entrance.

The Episcopal Church of Saints Peter & John received $3,000 to purchase a new dishwasher for its soup kitchen, Bread of Life, which offers nutritious midday Saturday meals to the underserved.

Southern Cayuga Instant Aid received $1,800 to purchase a modern stair chair that ensures patients and emergency care providers remain safe during difficult transfers from home to ambulance.

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency received $3,000 to support the establishment of a Head Start Backpack program that will provide backpacks filled with child-friendly food for underprivileged children in Auburn and the surrounding areas.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cayuga County received $1,695 to purchase equipment to offer online purchasing through its Education Center to ensure safe and encrypted online credit card transactions.

The Montessori School of the Finger Lakes received $850 to purchase materials for the construction of a rustic teepee fort for its playground.

The Southern Cayuga Anne Frank Tree Project received $1,250 to purchase signage directing visitors to the tree site behind Emily Howland Elementary School which serves as a commemorative symbol and reminder of Anne Frank.

The Booker T. Washington Community Center received $1,000 to support an interactive science, art and culture week during the summer to encourage students to learn more about the history of the community and to help with further development in the STEM program.

The Community Preservation Committee received $1,295 to install updated video equipment in the Willard Memorial Chapel to use for preservation talks and presentations.

The Genoa Historical Association received $2,700 to help update its 1810 Threshing Barn exhibit and additional exhibit and storage spaces.

Brutus-Sennett Food Pantry received $2,000 towards renovations at its new single story food pantry location that will allow more direct food truck drop-offs through use of an overhead door.

Fair Haven Community Arts Center received $1,500 to purchase equipment for its art and music classes, which offer affordable education and events to underserved residents of the greater Fair Haven community.

Merry-Go-Round Playhouse received $1,500 to provide a certified sign language interpreter at three performances during its 2015 summer season.

Weedsport Gators Community Athletics received $1,000 to rent pool space from Cato Rec Center to run a seven week swim lesson program for youth during the summer.

Lock 52 Historical Society of Port Byron received $1,000 to create a website, which will promote the history and tourism services of the village and region.

Theatre Association of New York State received $1,500 to promote the 2015 TANYS Festival, which provides workshops and performance sessions to educate volunteers in production techniques, theater managements and fundraising activities.

The Faatz-Crofut Home for the Elderly received $2,500 to collaborate with Scat Van, a transportation service for the elderly, to provide safe transportation of its residents during community outings.

These grants were made possible with support from the Cayuga Community Fund and the Cayuga Health Association Fund.

 

The Cayuga Community Fund

The Cayuga Community Fund, created in 2008, is a geographically specific fund created to serve as a source of permanent charitable dollars available to nonprofits serving residents of Cayuga County. Grants are awarded from the endowment fund annually to aid vital programs in education, health, social services, the arts, civic and environmental concerns, as well as the preservation of historic resources in Cayuga County. The Cayuga Community Fund has granted nearly $200,000 to nonprofit groups since 2010.

About the Central New York Community Foundation

Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of permanent charitable endowments for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $172 million. It awarded $9.5 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested nearly $130 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 650 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen local nonprofits and address the region’s most pressing challenges.

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