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Grants Available to County Nonprofits by CNY Community Foundation

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The Central New York Community Foundation has announced grant opportunities for Cortland County nonprofit organizations during this winter. The CNY Community Foundation has opened applications to submit their “bright idea” to enhance their organization to better serve the Cortland community if they received a grant totaling $5,000 dollars.


This is the program’s sixth year and to date, over $300,000 dollars have been awarded to dozens of nonprofit organizations. The foundation says any tax-exempt, and nonprofit organization that is either in or serves Cortland County is eligible to submit one application for the Bright Ideas grant. This will include groups classified as nonprofit charitable organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code or an organization that is publicly supported (municipality or school district). The foundation also says grants for religious purposes will not be considered.

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.

“We are so appreciative of the donors who generously make Bright Ideas grantmaking in Cortland County possible each year. Their deep love of the Cortland community has made a positive impact on dozens of organizations,” said Thomas Griffith, vice president of development at the Community Foundation. “As we continue stewarding Mr. Fenstermacher’s generous bequest that started this work, we are also helping new donors create legacy gifts that will increase permanent support for Cortland County.”

For nonprofits interested in learning more about the grant and to apply, click HERE.

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