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Eleven Area Non-Profits Awarded Grant Funding From CNY Community Foundation


For their 7th year of the Cortland County Bright Ideas program by the Central New York Community Foundation, 11 nonprofit organizations have been awarded a $5,000 grant each for a grand total of $55,000 in grants going towards organizations serving those in Cortland County.

“We know there are a lot of needs in Cortland County and love seeing the inspiring ideas to address them,” said Haylee Ferington with Homer Solar, a Bright Ideas grants program donor and committee member. “We are proud to be a part of the Cortland Bright Ideas program, and glad that these 11 grants went to deserving organizations working to have an impact on the lives of Cortland County’s residents.”

The grant, title Cortland County Bright Ideas, is funded through the Fenstermacher Fund, the Nicholas and Anges Renzi Charitable Fund, the Margaret and Roland Fragnoli Designated Fund, the Yaman Foundation, the Bertini Family Foundation, the Cortland Community Foundation, EDF Renewables and other local donors looking to give back to the community.

This year’s recipients and what the grant funding will go towards may be seen below:

  • Central New York Spay Neuter Assistance Program (CNY SNAP) will provide free microchips to cats and dogs that come through their low cost spay/neuter clinic.
  • Cortland Collective Impact Initiatives will provide support to those returning to the community after addiction treatment with free access to a number of arts programs including theatre, culinary arts and music therapy.
  • Cortland County Community Action Program (CAPCO) will provide education, resources and support to families facing poverty.
  • Cortland County Family YMCA will upgrade its pool with a chlorine-free boiler to guarantee a desired temperature for all.
  • Cortland Loaves and Fishes will provide an industrial washing machine and dryer for neighbors who find it difficult or impossible to provide for themselves.
  • Cortland Repertory Theatre will hold a program called the Pavilion Awards, which recognizes outstanding achievement in local high school theatre.
  • Family Counseling Services of Cortland County (Family & Children’s Counseling Services) will host the Cortland County Pride Festival, an annual event bringing the LGBTQIA+ community together.
  • Homeville Museum will provide interactive touchscreens in key areas of the exhibit in order to create a hands-on, and engaging experience.JM Murray will provide adults with disabilities the opportunity to explore the arts as observers through culinary, visual and material art mediums.
  • Seven Valleys Health Coalition will extend The Doula Project to include postpartum doula training in order to provide support beyond prenatal, labor and birth care.
  • The Center for the Arts of Homer will create a space and opportunity for local farmers and makers to support and provide resources to agricultural and arts entrepreneurs in the community.

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