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What We Support

The Richard S. Shineman Foundation uses its financial resources to build the capacity of not-for-profit organizations, enhance the quality of life, and serve as a "Catalyst for Change" in Oswego County. With these overarching objectives in mind, we offer the following guidance to organizations who are considering applying to our Foundation for support.

Types of Grants We Make

Grants may be award for the following programs and projects:

  • Organizational capacity building
  • Special projects
  • New programs
  • Seed grants
  • Capital campaigns
  • Challenge grants
Focus Areas

Grants will only be given based on proposals that focus on these areas:

  • Education
  • Arts and Culture
  • Civic Benefit
  • Environment
  • Religion
  • Health and Human Services 
  • Historic Preservation
  • Economic Revitalization
Applicant Qualifications
  • At this time, we will consider organizations that are located in -- or can demonstrate a direct benefit to -- Oswego County through specific projects or programs.
  • Grants are only made to organizations that are classified as tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or those that are considered exempt such as governmental subdivisions.
  • No grants or loans will be made to individuals.

Additionally, We Favor Proposals That:

  • focus on making a positive and transformative impact to the community of the proposed use of money, including long-term investments in social capital and infrastructure;
  • enhance the viability of the applicant, and the sustainability of the program;
  • have clearly stated and achievable, objectives and time-frames;
  • and emphasize collaboration within the community and the inclusion of diverse voices/perspectives