$590,588 in Community Grants Awarded; Program for Trauma Victims of Neighborhood Violence Receives Funding

june 2015 grants

Total of $590,588 in Grants Awarded to Nonprofits in Onondaga & Madison Counties

June 23, 2015 – Most of the people on the ‘front lines’ of gang and gun violence in Syracuse – residents and the responders assisting them – know multiple people who have been shot, stabbed or killed. Oftentimes, they have witnessed the violence or its aftermath with their own eyes. Those affected struggle with their feelings of grief, helplessness and fear, which can lead to post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, revenge violence and detachment from friends, family and schooling.

The City of Syracuse experiences an average of 20 murders annually and many additional injuries resulting from shootings and stabbings. The impact of this violence is amplified because it occurs in such a small geographic area. To address this issue, Syracuse University’s Marriage and Family Therapy Center at Falk College and the Syracuse Trauma Response Team have joined together to offer the In This Together Program.

The Central New York Community Foundation recently awarded a $15,500 grant in support of In This Together to enable the partner organizations to host workshops with Syracuse inner-city helping professionals. Local practitioners including social service, educators, health care practitioners, juvenile justice workers, clergy and mental health counselors will learn how to identify and address signs of trauma in their neighbors and colleagues. The project will also provide grief counseling, healing circles and therapy to community members impacted by violence. This is one of 25 grants totaling more than $590,000 the Community Foundation awarded this month.

“We believe that offering trauma-informed practice in the neighborhoods of greatest violence will begin to address the most often ignored trauma, and may reduce the grief and rage that fuels the next act of violence,” said Dr. Linda Stone Fish, Falk Family Endowed Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University. “Our unique partnership with therapists and trauma response team members who are trusted by the community make us ideal to address this need.”

Additional Grants Awarded

The Community Foundation also awarded grants to programs in the fields of arts & culture, education, environment and animals, and human services:

AccessCNY received $30,000 to conduct renovations at Provisions Restaurant and Bakery in Armory Square. Provisions employs individuals with a diagnosed mental health challenge to develop employment-related skills, establish a successful work history and foster beneficial workplace behavior and social skills.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center received $10,529 to expand its back deck, which is used for on-site public programs, camps, events and rentals.

BRiDGES received $5,865 to conduct a professional development training series to address a variety of topics including grief, depression, disaster response. 

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County received $40,000 to replace the roof at the Vincent House Youth Center. The Center houses pre-k classes; Headstart, afterschool, and summer programs; and Skills4Success, which helps children address behavioral and emotional challenges.

Cazenovia Children’s House received $12,500 to renovate a classroom within the child care service center.

Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired received $15,000 to purchase equipment for the expansion of its sight-impaired employment program.

Citizens Campaign for the Environment received $3,000 to conduct educational outreach with pharmacies that encourages the implementation of take-back programs for expired or unused prescription drugs.

Civic Morning Musicals received $3,300 to promote its 125th Anniversary Season, which will feature the performance of former concerto and vocal competition winners in this year’s concert series.

CNY Arts received $15,000 to upgrade the technology system it uses to promote, support and celebrate the region’s arts and culture community.

Community Options received $13,737 to implement a data management tool that will better track the daily activities and health needs of clients utilizing its housing, support and advocacy services for people with disabilities.

Eastwood Neighborhood Association received $7,000 to rehabilitate Eastwood Heights Park, a green space located at the corner of Mosley Drive and Sunnycrest Road in Syracuse.

Erie Canal Museum received $20,000 to conduct a competition to collect and display creative designs for connecting the Erie Canalway Trail from DeWitt to Syracuse.

Everson Museum received $50,000 to install a new software system that would improve its retail sales and customer relationship management efforts.

Home HeadQuarters received $7,000 to install playground equipment at Washington Square Park.

Hopeprint received $15,000 to conduct mutual mentorship as part of the Her Village program, which empowers women to take steps to enhance their quality of life.

Liverpool City School District received $15,957 to conduct forums between kindergarten teachers and preschool providers to identify common learning gaps that could be addressed at the preschool level and improve kindergarten readiness.

Oneida City School District received $5,500 to purchase educational materials for a program to assist struggling middle school students.

Onondaga Historical Association received $25,000 to install an energy efficient climate control system that will ensure the longevity of its valuable collections and archives from local history.

Redhouse Arts Center received $100,000 to install theatrical lighting in two theater spaces in its new Redhouse@City Center facility, set to rejuvenate a city block on South Salina Street and offer multiple performance and movie theaters and education spaces.

Skaneateles Recreational Charitable Trust received $30,000 towards the expansion of the Skaneateles Community Center, which is home to fitness classes, senior programming and youth sports leagues.

Syracuse Industrial Development Agency received $7,000 to install Cross-Arc, a large-scale public art sculpture at Lipe Art Park that will simultaneously serve as an exercise and fitness hub.

Village of East Syracuse received $3,700 to install a handicapped lift and portable stairs at the public pool in Ellis Field Park.

Volunteer Lawyers Project of Onondaga County received $40,000 to increase the availability of free legal immigration services in the community through a partnership with Hiscock Legal Aid and Catholic Charities.

YMCA of Greater Syracuse received $100,000 to complete construction and install accessibility elements at its new Northwest Family YMCA facility in Baldwinsville.

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 nearly $190 million. It awarded $9.9 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $135 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of nearly 700 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. cnycf.org

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