Shineman Foundation Awards $1.2 Million in Grants for Spring 2017

OSWEGO – Sixteen not-for-profit organizations were awarded grants totaling $1,204,000 from the Richard S. Shineman Foundation in the first of three 2017 grant rounds at its March board meeting.

Of that amount, $704,000 is being paid this year; the remainder over time.

Projects reach a wide range of people and organizations that focus on community revitalization and preservation, education, health and human services, and arts and culture.

Three multi-year capital campaigns were supported by the Shineman Foundation, payable over five years.

The Child Advocacy Center was awarded $250,000 for its new permanent home located at 163 S. First St. in Fulton.

Catholic Charities of Oswego County was awarded $250,000 toward renovation of its newly acquired building at 806 W. Broadway in Fulton.

The Oswego YMCA was also awarded $300,000 toward Phase 1 of its renovation project to reconnect the armory to the pool and renovate its locker rooms at its West First Street complex.

The Oswego Renaissance Association was awarded another $150,000, representing the foundation’s continued commitment to assist the ORA in growing the momentum of reinvestment and vibrancy in the city of Oswego’s neighborhoods.

More than 300 households participated in the ORA’s Neighborhood Challenge over the past three years, contributing to neighborhood confidence and reinvestment beyond expectations.

In education, the Shineman Foundation awarded the Oswego City School District its second grant for Fitzhugh Park Elementary School to expand its pilot of the “Leader in Me” whole-school transformation program.

The National Math Foundation was awarded a grant to establish a Math Corps II pilot program in Charles E. Riley and Minetto elementary schools in the 2017-18 school year to boost student achievement through movement-based learning.

The Onondaga Community College Foundation received a grant to bring its Early College Credits program to all the high schools in Oswego County during the 2017–18 school year.

Harbor Festivals Guild also received funding for its 2017 Harborfest Children’s Park.

In health and human services, funding was provided by the Shineman Foundation to several organizations. The Oswego chapter of ARISE was awarded a grant to expand its aluminum ramp program to enable more house-bound individuals to get out into the community.

Oswego County Opportunities received funding to keep its Runaway and Homeless Youth Shelter open. Capacity-building grants were given to the Pregnancy Care Center for client services education and to the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Oswego County to expand its “6 Steps to Better Balance” program throughout the county.

The Shineman Foundation also awarded several arts and culture grants. CNY Arts Center received funding for its “Fulton’s Future Project,” a marketing initiative to develop a vibrant arts community in Fulton.

Oswego Players, in collaboration with six other arts organizations, was awarded a grant to promote the Bemelmans Festival at Fort Ontario May 12-21.

Safe Haven Museum also received a capacity building grant for redevelopment of its brand and website.

Finally, a matching challenge grant of up to $50,000 was awarded to the Central New York Land Trust to assist The Friends of Great Bear in raising the remaining campaign funds required to purchase Whiskey Island and Great Bear Farm, ensuring that land will remain protected forever and there will be continued public access to that section of the historic Oswego Canal and its towpath.

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The mission of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation is to be a Catalyst for Change and to enhance the quality of life in Oswego County.

It engages in charitable activities with integrity, honesty and compassion, and pursues excellence through the highest professional grant-making standards.

The foundation uses 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.