Shineman Foundation Announces Last Grants of 2016

OSWEGO, NY – Fourteen not-for-profit organizations received grant awards totaling $313,500 from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation in the last of three 2016 grant rounds at its November board meeting.

All funded projects reach a wide range of people in Oswego County.

As with previous grant rounds, the projects represent a diverse cross-section of community organizations in human services, education, arts and culture, nutrition, and community revitalization.

The largest award was given to Fulton Block Builders, the new grassroots organization which is initiating a Healthy Neighborhood revitalization program in Fulton modeled after the Oswego Renaissance Association’s highly successful program in Oswego.

The $100,000 award is a matching grant payable in the spring of 2017 following completion of  fundraising in Fulton.

Another matching grant of $25,000 was given to Operation Oswego County Foundation toward its grand prize for the winner of the upcoming 2017 Next Great Idea Business Plan Competition.

Other community revitalization grants were given to the Art Association of Oswego for its Pottery Studio Revitalization and the Town of Schroeppel Community Services Department for resurfacing of the town park’s basketball court in the spring.

In education, funding was provided by the Shineman Foundation to the Oswego County Historical Society for its online Teacher Resource Project for Oswego County schools.

Peaceful Remedies received start-up funding for development of a marketing plan and holistic educational programs.

Wisdom Thinkers Network received third-year funding for capacity building.

Human services grants were awarded to Oswego County Opportunities for its SAF Shelter and program as well as to St. Luke Health Services for its new Social Adult Day Care Program, the first of its kind in the county.

Other projects include funding to Blessings in a Backpack’s Oswego and Fulton chapters in support of its expanded missions to provide nutritious food on
the weekend to any Oswego or Fulton school-age child who needs it.

Several arts and culture grants were awarded by the Shineman Foundation: a capacity-building grant to LaVeck Concerts in Pulaski, a collaborative program called Vision of Sound Project brought to Oswego and Fulton by Society for New Music, culminating in a program of live music and dance at Waterman Theater in February, and a grant to the Carrie Lazarus Fund for Extraordinary Talent to build a scholarship Fund to assist talented middle and high school performing arts students in Oswego County.

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About: The mission of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation is to be a catalyst for change to enhance the quality of life in Oswego County. It will engage in charitable activities with integrity, honesty and compassion, and will pursue excellence through the highest professional grant-making standards. The foundation will use its resources to stimulate economic vitality, to encourage strong social bonds that strengthen the community, and to build the capacity of its not-for-profit partners.


  1. I understand that it is similar to Oswego Renaissance Association, for neighborhood revitalization. An extremely successful program now started in Fulton. Sounds like a great opportunity for Fulton neighbors to work together to revitalize individual city block. I can’t wait for this to take off here like it has in Oswego.

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