Grantmaking At Work

Explore the stories below to learn more about our past grants.
Workshop Series: Getting Grant Ready

Workshop Series: Getting Grant Ready

Getting Grant Ready is a 6-hour grant writing workshop designed to prepare organizations to become “grant ready” by equipping them with essential skills and tools for proposal writing.

Building Access to the Arts

Building Access to the Arts

Blondean Young returned to Syracuse in 2017 with the goal of promoting arts access within the Black community. A Gifford “What If…” Mini Grant helped her get started and introduced her to the grant writing process. Today, she leads a multifaceted and multicultural agency called BLAAC which has garnered additional support from the Central New York Community Foundation and CNY Arts, and is providing a growing suite of arts programming to the community. This is her story.

Home HeadQuarters: Building Community Partnerships and Revenue

Home HeadQuarters: Building Community Partnerships and Revenue

Home HeadQuarters has developed a strong reputation for providing the loans, trainings, and other support required for expanding home ownership and improvement. What is less visible, however, are the strategies and structures they have developed for seeding and strengthening communities – both among their clients as well as among partner institutions. Studying their work reveals important lessons around how nonprofits can magnify their impact through the power of shared incentives and mutually beneficial relationship building.

What If Mini Grants: A Record  Year

What If Mini Grants: A Record Year

In 2023, more “What If…” applications were submitted, more projects were funded, more grant dollars were awarded, and more orientation sessions were attended than ever before.

Seeking Funding? Visit the Central Library

Seeking Funding? Visit the Central Library

The Central Library, located on Salina St. in Downtown Syracuse, hosts a vast array of nonprofit resources. Among the most impactful yet underutilized is a subscription to Candid’s Foundation Directory Online – a national database of funders and funding opportunities.

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