Ten Onondaga County Nonprofits Receive County COVID-19 Response Fund Grant


Onondaga County on Wednesday awarded 11 grants to 10 organizations from its COVID-19 Response Fund at an event held at AccessCNY, located at 1603 Court St. in Syracuse. Those pictured (left to right) include Paul Joslyn, Executive Director of AccessCNY; Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon; Carolyn Brown, executive director of PEACE, Inc.; and Brian Fay, executive director of the Syracuse Northeast Community Center. (Photo credit: Onondaga County)

SYRACUSE, NY – Onondaga County on Wednesday awarded 11 grants to 10 organizations from its COVID-19 Response Fund.

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon announced the awards at an event

held Wednesday at AccessCNY, located at 1603 Court St. in Syracuse.

As the county explained in its press release, the COVID-19 Response Fund has sought to “address the social service needs and improve the quality of life of Onondaga County populations disproportionately affected by the COVID19 pandemic”.

The effort had a “particular focus” on the county’s young and elderly populations.

The fund had $1 million, with maximum funding awards of $100,000 each.

Grant recipients

Onondaga County provided a list of the 11 grants awarded to 10 recipients and a description of how the nonprofits will use the grants.

AccessCNY will use two scholarships for funding. The only grant, totaling nearly $99,000,

connect people living with an intellectual disability, acquired brain injury or mental health diagnosis, with needed services, including increased medical appointment attendance, decreased food insecurity and decreased feelings of social isolation.

The second grant, a bursary of over $94,000, is for caregiver training. The funding will allow AccessCNY to increase awareness and collaboration across systems and develop a program to provide educational resources and supports for unpaid caregivers of people with mental health diagnoses.

ACR Health will use its $100,000 grant for a mobile health services team. The funding will help the organization improve outreach, education, harm reduction and prevention services for people with opioid use disorders and/or those at increased risk for HIV/STDs.

Aurora of Central New York, Inc. will use its $100,000 for a safety awareness project for people with vision and hearing loss. The grant will enable Aurora to ensure appropriate access and utilization of mental and physical health services using appropriate sign language interpreting services for America’s new Deaf community and Deaf Americans. It will also use the funding to help reduce the isolation of seniors with vision or hearing loss by providing training in adaptive and assistive technologies.

CirCare received a grant of nearly $79,000 for a parent project. He will use the money to implement the Parent Project Model, an evidence-based curriculum that helps parents develop strategies to deal with “some of the most challenging behaviors” exhibited in their school-aged children. .

Contact Community Services, Inc. plans to use its $100,000 grant for a TeleCare project to make reassurance phone calls for isolated and vulnerable seniors, including daily wellness checks and medication reminders.

Elmcrest Children’s Center received a $100,000 grant for non-traditional child care at the Northside Early Education Center. The organization will use the money to implement a pilot program to provide licensed center child care during non-traditional hours (5 p.m. to 12 a.m.) for parents working the second shift.

Empower Parkinson, Inc. will use a grant of more than $77,000 to expand services for people with Parkinson’s disease. The funding will help pay for efforts to

expand service delivery, including boxing, other fitness activities, education, support and socialization for people with Parkinson’s disease.

PEACE, Inc. plans to use its $100,000 grant for a program focused on modifying on-site seniors’ residences. The funding will help PEACE, Inc. improve the physical environments of seniors eligible for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) so they can stay in their homes safely. This includes activities such as installing ramps, widening doorways, and modifications to accommodate medical devices.

Contact CNY, Inc. will use its nearly $51,000 grant for a childbirth education program for refugee and immigrant women and families. Funding will help Reach CNY use

certified childbirth educators and medical interpreters trained to deliver “high quality” childbirth education classes to pregnant women in Onondaga County whose native language is Somali, Arabic, Swahili or Kinyarwanda.

Northeast Syracuse Community Center received a $100,000 grant to improve and expand existing basic needs and services for seniors while working to implement a comprehensive “food farm program” model.

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