OSWEGO, NY – Nine local nonprofit groups received grants totaling $20,000 in the first-ever distribution from the Oswego County Community Foundation.
The fund was established in 2013 and reached its $500,000 initial fundraising goal in under two years of operation.
Throughout its fundraising effort, OCCF received an overwhelming show of support from the community and received large gifts from a number of local financial institutions and Oswego County natives which has allowed them to make these grants to benefit the residents of Oswego County.
“The Leadership Council of the Oswego County Community Foundation is so excited to award funding to several local projects meeting the region’s specific needs,” said Nancy Bellow, Foundation Council chair. “We believe that OCCF has the capability to make a positive long-term impact on challenges facing Oswego County’s population and look forward to expanding our endowment through ongoing gift solicitation, in order to increase the size of our annual grant distributions.”
Blessings in a Backpack, Oswego-Fulton Chapter received $3,000 to feed underserved children in Oswego and Fulton for 38 weekends during the school year.
Cleveland Historical Society received $3,390 to restore Friendship House, a companion property of historic former St. James Episcopal Church, which houses historical displays and serves as a convening space for board meetings and other functions.
Friends of Fort Ontario received $3,000 to design, build and install interpretive panels on the Fort Ontario State Historic Site grounds to show elements of historic landscapes that no longer exist.
Friends of Great Bear received $3,500 to repair an eroding hillside trail connection by installing limestone steps that will allow for safe use and access of the historical canal lock and the adjacent trails.
Friends of Quirk’s Players received $1,500 to purchase two headset microphones that will enhance sound quality of theater productions put on by Fulton’s G. Ray Bodley High School drama club.
Oswego Bookmobile received $1,500 to expand its mobile literacy outreach program to include additional age groups by increasing the selection of books and STEM-related activities available to preschool age children.
Oswego Players received $890 to purchase equipment that will enable outdoor performances of the summer Youth Educational Theater Initiative (Y.E.T.I.), which engages youth across Oswego County by staging productions in local parks.
Rebels’ Sports Boosters received $3,000 for materials to construct enclosures on Altmar-Parish-Williamstown School District athletic fields. The addition to the fields will help shelter students and coaches from inclement weather during sporting events and engage the broader community by encouraging use of facilities by outside groups.
Sage Brook Horse Foundation received $220 to purchase food and water buckets for youth volunteers to use when feeding horses.
These grants were made possible with support from the Oswego County Community Foundation, NBT Bank Fund and A.L. Lee Memorial Health Hospital Fund.
The Oswego County Community Foundation
The Oswego County Community Foundation, created in 2013, is a geographically specific fund created to serve as a source of permanent charitable dollars available to nonprofits serving residents of Oswego 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 Oswego County.
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