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Cayuga Community Fund

Representatives of organizations that are receiving assistance from the Cayuga Community Fund gather for a group photo in front of The Citizen's office in downtown Auburn.

Charities throughout Cayuga County, with missions ranging from assisting the homeless to supporting a planetarium, received more than $70,000 in grants from the Cayuga Community Fund.

The Cayuga Community Fund provided a total of $70,245 in grant awards to 22 nonprofit groups serving Cayuga County residents, including organizations like the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, the Seward House Museum and more, the fund announced in a release Monday.

The Food Bank of CNY received the largest single amount, $8,300, in order to hire an outreach coordinator for its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the county.

Other big ticket awards included $6,500 to Lifeworks of Cayuga County to support community events in its sober support program, $6,000 to Peers in Cayuga County to purchase equipment and train two members as Wellness Recovery Action Plan facilitators,

Friends of the SCCS Planetarium, the Sterling Historical Society and the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center each received $5,000 to, respectively, support a year-long grant and strategy consultant position, HVAC improvements and the completion of the 1917 Caboose Restoration Project.

The grants were provided thanks to support from the Cayuga Community Fund, the Cayuga Health Association Fund, the Evelyn B. & Emery S. Osborn Fund and Marie C. Bean Harris Fund, according to the release.

The Cayuga Community Fund was formed in 2008 to act as a source of permanent charitable dollars for nonprofits specifically serving Cayuga County residents. Since 2010, the fund has awarded more than $400,000 in grants.

The fund is an affiliate of the Central New York Community Foundation, the largest charitable foundation in the region, with assets of more than $272 million. Since its founding in 1927, the foundation has invested more than $190 million in community improvement projects.

Out of 41 applications for funding received this year, totaling $212,769.10, the grants announced Monday represent funding in part or in full for 22 projects. To learn more about the fund, including how to give and support its future grant making capacity, visit


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