"What If..." Mini Grants

Explore the stories below to see example of our "What If..." Mini Grants in action.
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.

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.

Nytasia’s Health and Wellness Dance Club

Nytasia’s Health and Wellness Dance Club

At just 24 years old, Nytasia Survia formed her own dance club to teach girls ages 6 – 18 how to process painful emotions and express themselves creatively. A recent “What If…” Mini Grant has helped her to continue growing the program.

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