Oswego, N.Y. — The Richard S. Shineman Foundation awarded grants to six local nonprofit organizations totaling $335,000 in the first of three scheduled 2021 grant rounds.
The foundation said the projects that are being funded would reach a wide range of people and organizations that focus on human services and health, education, arts and culture, and community revitalization.
Fulton Family YMCA was awarded a grant in support of the opening of its new childcare program for children ages 6 months to 5 years old. The classrooms that will be dedicated to the new childcare program are certainly under construction. It’s set to open on May 1st.
Childcare Director Amanda Godfrey is excited about the new program and is grateful to the Shineman Foundation for funding and providing the service for the community. The program will be open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Salvation Army of Oswego County was given a health and human services grant for bridge funding to keep its award-winning Pathways of Hope program. The Salvation Army of Oswego County was in need of this funding until its New York state regional economic funding is received.
The Fulton Wrestling Club was awarded a community revitalization grant of $75,000 for its brand new facility located at Emry Street and Holly Drive in Fulton. The wrestling club already raised $80,000 plus donations. The land for the new training facility was donated by former Fulton wrestler Derrick Bartlett. More than 80% of the building construction cost is now covered.
“We are thrilled and honored to be supported in such a big way by the Shineman Foundation. They have helped make a decades-old dream become a reality,” said Fulton Head Coach Jeff Waldron in an announcement.
Farnham Family Services was awarded a $130,000 grant, enabling the organization to take over the Harbor Lights facility in northern Oswego County. The new facility will help expand the Substance Use Disorder treatment services to rural and undeserving parts of the county while also being sustainable.
Kingsford Park Home and School Association was awarded a grant for the completion of its planned new playground. The Shineman Foundation also awarded a grant to Symphoria, to fund its return to Oswego in July to present a free outdoor community concert on the historic grounds of Ft. Ontario.
The Richard S. Shineman Foundation has announced a new book, “The Shineman Legacy: The Founder Speaks” a story of Richard and Barbara Shineman’s eventful life and the evolution of their foundation. The book is available at River’s End Bookstore in Oswego and on its website.