Grants Awarded

Since 2001, the Women’s Fund of Central New York has awarded more than $280,000 to nearly 70 area organizations and programs supporting women and girls. These were made possible through the generous support of our fund’s donors.

Grant Spotlight

Women's Summer Science Camp

In 2012-2013 the Women’s Fund received a grant proposal from the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST).  Despite the growth of opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the proposal pointed out that there was a significant lack of women entering those fields.  The MOST’s proposal addressed that gap with an approach to involve young women with STEM in a fun and engaging way: a Summer Science Camp designed especially for sixth-grade girls from the Syracuse City School District. With support from the Women’s Fund (grant cycles in 2012-13 and 2013-14) the MOST has held the week-long summer camp for last two summers where the girls not only had fun while learning about science, they were also exposed to many new experiences.

"As education director at the MOST, I have had the opportunity to see some of the girls again when they visited as part our SCSD Sixth Grade Program. I am always greeted with hugs and high fives. It is so nice to see how happy they are to be back at the MOST to learn more about science!"


By: Meriel Stokoe, MOST Education Director

Past Grants

2016

YMCA Greater Syracuse/Syracuse Women's Commission

$1,000.00

To purchase supplies for the 2016 Career Exploration Series. A collaborative effort of the City of Syracuse Mayor’s Office, the City of Syracuse Women’s Commission and the Syracuse City School District, the series is a two-day workshop that exposes middle school girls to information about the wide range of career opportunities available to them, with a focus on STEM careers.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Syracuse

$1,250.00

To purchase supplies to help implement SMART Girls. The program combines informational and experiential learning activities to help girls ages 8-17 develop the knowledge and skills necessary to practice healthy lifestyle choices.

Jewish Home of CNY (Menorah Park)

$2,000.00

To support nutrition plans and transportation for its community-based GOOD and Mindful Eating – Sustenance & Safety program. The program focuses on the development and delivery of nutritional education and services for seniors at home to increase intake of healthy food and to improve overall health.

Syracuse NE Community Center

$2,000.00

To purchase supplies and childcare for Power Source Parenting, a skill-enhancing program that impacts young parents – most of whom are single women – and their children by helping them with the development of parenting expectations, empathetic awareness of a child’s needs and their own emotional stability.

Newland Center for Adult Learning and Literacy

$2,000.00

Grant sponosored by Lockheed Martin Corporation to host art therapy and writing classes for female veterans with mild depression or PTSD symptoms.

Everson Museum

$2,200.00

To purchase supplies and food for Style Engineers, a two-week summer camp program that utilizes fashion design to introduce STEM concepts and hands-on collaborative team building.

Mercy Works

$2,275.00

To purchase food and supplies for its Passport 2 Vision program, which will engage local high school and middle school-aged girls and their mothers in a week-long workshop to help them develop stronger relationships, healthy communication skills and positive self-image in a supportive environment.

Upstate Foundation

$2,400.00

To support its She Matters program, which will enable trained resident health advocates to provide door-to-door outreach, group educational sessions and community health fairs on breast cancer awareness and mammography screening for low-income women.

Girl Scout of NYPENN Pathways

$2,500.00

To establish scholarships for girls from Onondaga, Madison and Cayuga counties to attend Camp CEO 2016. The three-day leadership development camp connects high school girls with some of Central New York’s most accomplished women through interactive workshops, small group discussions and individual mentoring sessions.

Vera House

$2,500.00

To pay for security deposits for its Emergency Assistance Program, which provides low-income sheltered and non-sheltered victims of domestic and sexual violence with provisions to move forward and transition to life on their own, away from their abusers.

Milton Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MoST)

$2,500.00

Grant sponosored by Lockheed Martin Corporation to support the Women Scientists SummerCamp program for fourth and fifth grade girls from the Syracuse City School District. The week-long program, which seeks to inspire future women scientists by igniting interest in science at a young age, will also employ five teen counselors selected from Syracuse City School District high schools.

YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County

$2,520.00

To support Girls Inc.’s Camp Capstone, a six-week summer camp for girls ages 12-15 in the Syracuse City area, which will focus on empowering girls to impact the world through the exploration of construction and architecture by emphasizing three core competencies: design/building, leadership/legacy and independence/inspiration.

LeMoyne College

$2,880.00

To engage 20 top-performing high school sophomores in STEM disciplines through a one-day experiential learning workshop at Le Moyne College’s Maker Zone. The program will be designed by female Le Moyne students and will emphasize the importance of women role models in STEM fields.

Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation

$3,200.00

To support transportation and lodging during a field trip to New York City as part of the Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights program, which inspires young women to become agents of change on the local, national and global stage. The trip will allow participants to learn firsthand what international aid organizations and legislators are doing to address women’s issues.

Toomey Residential and Community Services

$3,275.00

To provide transportation to and from a psychosocial support group for female unaccompanied refugee minors who are resettled in the United States without family and are living in local foster homes.

2015

Friend of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

$2,000.00

ZooGuides

A high school internship program for youth to operate as ambassadors and educators at the Zoo.

Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation

$2,100.00

Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights Program

To provide lodging for a trip to Washington DC.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center

$2,250.00

Baltimore Woods Nature Center Summer Camp

Grant sponosored by Lockheed Martin Corporation to provide scholarships for K-8th grade girls from Cayuga and Onondaga counties to attend the camp, which features nature-based themed weeks to study the use of natural resources.

Clear Path for Veterans

$2,250.00

Women Warrior Wellness Workshop

Grant sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation for an educational series which addresses topics of interest for female veterans and their family members.

Syracuse Jewish Family Services

$2,500.00

SeniorCents

Program to improve older adults’ financial literacy, budgeting and money management skills.

Syracuse University WISE Women's Business Center

$2,500.00

Exito! (Success!): Entrepreneurial Outreach to Latina Women

To provide services in training, business, networking and technical support.

Community Action Partnership of Madison County

$2,500.00

For the Grandparents Group initiative to provide information and support through group sessions.

Schweinfurth Art Center

$2,600.00

To purchase two sewing machines for their MakeRoom project, which offers sewing and quilting classes for women and girls.

YWCA of Syracuse and Onondaga County

$2,700.00

For the Girls Take Charge program which focuses on girls’ physical and mental health.

Unity House of Cayuga County

$2,750.00

For its mental health peer-counseling program in support of women’s personal growth and recovery from mental illness.

Cayuga Home for Children (Cayuga Centers)

$3,000.00

Creative Approach to Residential Enhancement (CARE) Program

To empower young women through access to speakers and field trips.

Syracuse City Ballet

$3,350.00

Empowerment Through Dance

To support the 8-week educational dance program for girls aged 12-18 in residence at Elmcrest Children’s Center.

2014

Contact Community Services

$1,000.00

Mental Health First Aid for Women of Color program

Women's Opportunity Center

$1,000.00

Non-traditional Scholarship Fund

Offers women clothing, transportation, childcare and employment assistance.

Friends at Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnett Park

$1,250.00

ZooGuides

Internship program for 16-year-old low-income students.

North Side Learning Center

$1,400.00

Publishes the Unity of Sisters collaborative storytelling and poetry programming for African Women.

Booker T. Washington Community Center

$1,500.00

Developing Safe and Healthy Relationships

Provides workshops, support groups, and counseling for women.

Child Care Solutions

$1,500.00

Columbus Day Professional Development Conference

PEACE, Inc.

$1,500.00

Girls Empowerment Mentally & Socially (GEMS) to Jewels program

24-session program that exposes yound girls to strong women in history.

Somali Bantu Community Association of Onondaga County

$2,000.00

Women & Girls Empowerment Project

Provides tutoring and afterschool programming to at-risk middle school and high school Smali-Bantu girls.

Visions for Change

$2,000.00

Circles leaders program

Mary Rose Clinic

$2,500.00

Community Action Partnership

Offers pro bono medical services for low-income women and girls in Madison County.

Museum of Science and Technology (MoST)

$2,500.00

Young Women Scientist Summer Camp

Fosters interest in science among 4th and 5th grade girls.

Networking InterFaith Achievement (NIA) Ministries

$2,550.00

EXPRESS Yourself Support & Transitional Program

12-week program helps incarcerated women develop goals life communication and interpersonal skills.

Girls Inc. at the YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga County

$3,075.00

Life Empowerment Action Plan

Summer program which helps young women evaluate their education and career choices while also helping them build their leadership and financial management skills.

2013

Child Care Solutions

$1,180.00

It's Your Business

A 1-day mini conference on family childcare.

Cayuga Community College

$1,875.00

Direct Selling Women's Entrepreneurship Program

A 30-hour training program promoting leadership skills and entrepreneurial thinking.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse

$2,000.00

SMART GIRLS

Small-group workshops to help girls make healthy physical and emotional lifestyle choices.

On Point for College

$2,000.00

Post-secondary and career advancement for women

Outreach and financial resources for 10 college students.

Rescue Mission Alliance

$3,000.00

Family Transitions in Cayuga County

Trauma counseling, case management, crisis intervention, and transportation to help homeless women and families move into affordable, stable housing.

Syracuse Northeast Community Center

$3,000.00

Teen Mom Time

Parenting program and weekly skill-building meetings with pregnant teens and teens with a child under age one.

CAP for Madison County

$3,400.00

Moms Moving Forward/Early Childhood

Focused on rural moms, bi-monthly programming, and networking.

Catholic Charities

$3,750.00

Ready, Set, Apply of Onondaga County

Weekly house meetings with staff and residents to assist female residents with the steps to apply for jobs.

The MoST Museum of Science and Technology Foundation

$4,800.00

Young Women Scientist Summer Camp

New program - A day camp to help build interest in science among 4th and 5th grade girls.

2012

Lambda Kappa Mu Sorority, Inc.

$1,140.00

Syracuse

Support for Project Butterfly, a youth development program for young women

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity

$1,250.00

Syracuse

Support for the Women Build program, which enables women to participate in planning, fundraising and construction of a home

Child Care Solutions

$1,500.00

Syracuse

Partner with Cooperative Federal to provide intensive financial literacy program for 15 local women who own a  child care business

Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency, Inc.

$1,500.00

Cayuga

Provide supplies that will enable women fleeing abusive relationships to maintain or obtain employment

Community Action Partnership for Madison County

$1,500.00

Madison County

Support for the Transitional Housing Program, which provides fully furnished homes for homeless families

CONTACT Community Service, Inc.

$2,000.00

Syracuse

Support for L.A.D.I.E.S. program, a mentoring program for young women in the Paving R Way after school program at Lincoln Middle School

Friends of Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park

$2,450.00

Syracuse

Program support for Fellows program portion of ZooGuides, a science-based internship program for underserved teens

YWCA Syracuse & Onondaga County

$3,660.00

Syracuse

Hire a consultant to help train staff and develop a manual for new computer software at the Girls Inc. facility

Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship/ Whitman School of Management

$9,000.00

Syracuse

Partnership with WISE Women’s Business Center, Falcone Center for Entrepreneurship and the Southside Innovation Center to establish an entrepreneurial Kick Start gift fund for low income women who desire to start or who have started a business

Total for 2012

$24,000.00

2011

Cayuga Home for Children

$550.00

Cayuga, NY

Support the Emerson Intensification program to provide young  women with skills development, college readiness, career planning   and vocational skill building

Dunbar Association

$1,000.00

Support the Empowered Young Women program to encourage and support leadership training and career advancement with young girls

Neighborhood House

$1,000.00

Cayuga, NY

Support More than a Teacher program, which provides teachers  access to professional enrichment classes at Cayuga Community College

Think Positively Pink

$1,000.00

Provide care packages to 100 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients that are designed to help them understand the disease, the choices they face and resources available to them and their families

Community Action Partnership for Madison County

$1,500.00

Madison County, NY

Support a mentoring program that provides at-risk youth with adult role models as well as social, recreational and education experiences that broaden their world-view

Delta Torch Foundation

$1,500.00

Support the Delta Academy, Delta Gems and Delta Pearls programs, which provides academic achievement programming for girls

Jewish Home of Central New York

$1,500.00

Expansion of the Employee Learning Center, which teaches essential skills and competencies that can be used in various daily activities and occupations

Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare

$1,500.00

Syracuse, NY

Purchase computers and software for female residents of Harriet May Mills which will help them to obtain their GED and attend online college or skills classes

Children’s Consortium

$1,900.00

Syracuse, NY

Support Just for Teens, a multiple session workshop focused on increasing high school graduation, reducing child neglect and    increasing healthy relationships between teenagers and their children

Women’s Opportunity Center

$2,000.00

Support the Continued Education Scholarship Fund to help transport women to employment skills training programs and acquire professional clothing

Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse

$2,250.00

Syracuse, NY

Implement the Career Launch for Girls program to help teen girls recognize the importance of education and develop a vision for a  future career path

Somali Bantu Community Association

$6,475.00

Hire a project coordinator for the Community Mothers & Children Program, which provides refugees with English as a Second Language classes and individualized tutoring

Total for 2011

$22,175.00

2010

Auburn Public Theater

$1,000.00

Auburn, NY

Support for the Children’s Summer Theater Workshops production of MERCURY 13, Women who Dared to Dream

Cazenovia Public Library

$2,000.00

Cazenovia, NY

To provide books to take home to participants of the Story Room at CazCares, an early literacy program of the library

ENABLE

$2,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Support Pink Wheels Work, a role modeling and mentorship program for high school girls and young women with disabilities who are just entering the workforce

On Point for College

$2,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Support for the College Access and Success program, which will target 10 college‐ready female students to enroll them in college and keep them on point at college

YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga County

$3,295.00

Syracuse, NY

Support for Computers 101, which will provide basic computer training for 28 women from the Residence Program at the YWCA

Women’s Opportunity Center

$4,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Support toward the Non Traditional Scholarship Fund that will give women enrolled in the program bus passes, gas cards, professional attire, food, background checks and flash drives

Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse

$4,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Support for SMART Girls, a program that helps Club members develop healthy attitudes and lifestyles

Unity House of Cayuga County

$4,250.00

Auburn, NY

Support for the BOCES Certification Tuition for Four Women in Recovery

Mercy Works

$4,500.00

Syracuse, NY

Support for the Passport to Vision program, which helps 15 Syracuse high school girls and their mothers develop positive relationships

Total For 2010

$27,045.00

2009

Catholic Charities

$1,570.00

Syracuse, NY

Support the Building Bridges Project aimed at creating cross cultural experiences for refugee and native born youth group members

YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga County

$1,580.00

Syracuse, NY

Support annual YWCAs Girls Summit aimed at introducing career opportunities to 150‐200 girls

Community Action Partnership for Madison County

$2,000.00

Madison County, NY

Support for Dove Real Beauty Workshop for Girls promoting positive self‐esteem and a healthy body image

Boys & Girls Clubs of Syracuse

$2,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Purchase materials for developing individualized portfolios for SMART Girls program participants

Light Work Visual Studies

$2,700.00

Syracuse, NY

Support Imaging Women: Exploring Issues of Identity, Faith, and Culture through Photography program

Syracuse University/ University College

$3,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Support Count on Us Child Care Fund to assist with child care costs for part‐time students

Girl Scout Council of Central New York

$3,150.00

Syracuse, NY

Support Cadettes Connect personal leadership development program for fifth and sixth grade girls attending Bellevue Elementary and Bellevue Academy

YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga County

$4,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Support By the Book Plumbing Maintenance Program which will provide vocational training for 10 women

Total for 2009

$20,000.00

2008

On Point for College

$1,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Support safety net activities to help young women to persist and succeed at their college education

Light Work Visual Studies, Inc.

$1,500.00

Syracuse, NY

Purchase 10 digital cameras to support a six-week photography workshop at Light Work in the summer of 2008

ENABLE

$2,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Support "Pink Wheels Work" project with the purchase of meals/snacks, transportation and honoraria

PEACE, Inc.

$2,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Provide free child care and food to support the County South Family Resource Center's program, "Food for the Parent's Soul"

Women's Opportunity Center

$2,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Develop and implement the Non Traditional Scholarship Fund to assist with the purchase of professional attire, transportation, and education/training opportunities

YWCA of Syracuse & Onondaga County

$4,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Support the instructor costs for "By the Book Plumbing Maintenance Program" which provide a valuable option for ten women from the Residence Program who are seeking employment skills that will lead to a high paying position

Total for 2008

$12,500.00

2007

Syracuse Housing Authority

$2,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Careers Scholarship Program

Greater Love in Christ Church, Inc

$2,250.00

Syracuse, NY

Boys and girls club/young women's group

Syracuse University Continuing Education (SUCE)

$2,366.00

Syracuse, NY

Count of Us Childcare Fund

Nosotros Radio, Inc.

$3,384.00

Syracuse, NY

Young Women in Radio

Total for 2007

$10,000.00

2006

On Point for College

$500.00

Syracuse, NY

Enroll underrepresented youth in college and help them stay in college

Neighborhood House of Auburn, New York, Inc.

$750.00

Auburn, NY

Offer college classes to ten child care center staff members

LeMoyne College/Department of Nursing

$1,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Tuition assistance for one female student with financial need in the nursing degree program

Catholic Charities/Northside CYO

$1,800.00

Syracuse, NY

Provide professionally facilitated support through education, cultural, social experiences for 20 young Liberian refugee woman going through their American maturation process

Girl Scout Council of Central New York, Inc.

$2,950.00

Cicero, NY

Provide financial literacy program "CentsAbility" to 150 underserved girls participating in the Destination City outreach program

Total for 2006

$7,000.00

2005

Syracuse Habitat for Humanity

$500.00

Syracuse, NY

Sponsorship of the Women Build Project, bringing women together to organize, fund, and construct a house

Calvary Food Pantry

$1,000.00

Auburn, NY

Hands-on education and training program to develop business skills for women with little or no experience in the workforce

Crouse Hospital School of Nursing

$1,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Summer program for high school students to encourage young women to obtain the skills necessary to successfully complete a registered nurse academic program after high school

PEACE, Inc.

$1,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Transportation costs for three low-income female senior citizens to participate in the Foster Grandparents Program

2004

South Presbyterian Church

$500.00

Syracuse, NY

For the REACH after-school tutorial program

Calvary Food Pantry

$1,500.00

Auburn, NY

Help women learn business skills through small business training and hands-on experience running an evening farmers' market

Catholic Charities/Dorothy Day House

$1,500.00

Syracuse, NY

To establish a fund at the Dorothy Day House to provide relocation assistance to homeless women without a history of substance abuse or mental illness

2003

Catholic Charities / Vincent House

$1,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Support for AVANCEN weekend leadership retreat for 25 Latinamigas girls

Girls Inc. of CNY

$2,000.00

Syracuse, NY

Weekend workshop for 20 girls, using Discovery leadership development curriculum

The Women's Fund of Central New York is a component fund of the Central New York Community Foundation.

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