ONYA Grant Application
The Ontario Yates Fund for Women (ONYA) is seeking proposals from not for profit 501 (c)(3) organizations for programs serving women and girls in Ontario and Yates Counties. The Fund is an independent fund-raising and grant making community organization which funds programs that have a positive impact on the economic and social status of women and girls.
All grant requests received will be screened for completeness and to assure that they meet ONYA’s criteria; a site visit by an ONYA Grant Committee representative may also be requested prior to the awarding of the grants. Grant requests must be received by August 15 of any year for consideration for that year’s grant cycle. Grants will be awarded in the fall for the following year’s program funding. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of our review by mid-September.”
The 2015 grant cycle (2016 program year) is closed. Applications are now being taken for the 2016 grant cycle (2017 program year).
ONYA Grant History
2015 - $18,493
5 Grants Awarded
The Ontario/Yates Fund for Women and Girls (ONYA) awarded grants to five agencies this year. ONYA’s purpose is to promote women’s philanthropy in order to foster personal and economic growth for women and girls in Ontario and Yates Counties. This year $18,500 have been awarded to help foster that end. The agencies receiving grants are listed below along with their intended use of the grant.
Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways: “College Pathway-College Life 101” is a one-day session designed to help girls understand the advantages of completing high school successfully, realize that college is an option for them, explore personal goals and gain an understanding of the college application and financial aid process. They are also introduced to options they might consider after high school such as trade school, military service or the workforce. One hundred racially and ethnically diverse girls from low and middle-income households in grades 6-8 from the greater Geneva area attend.
Legal Assistance of Western NY: “Child Support Enforcement Project” provides legal representation and/or advice to 70 women with high priority given to victims of domestic abuse and women who have recently transitioned from welfare to work. In addition, the project provides full-scale legal representation to 30 women who are seeking an initial child support order, an upward modification of their support order, and and/or enforcement of a current order. Also included is the provision of legal information, advice and/or pro se assistance to an additional 40 women regarding child support issues. Legal representation is provided in Ontario/Yates Family Court or Supreme Court as necessary.
The Partnership for Ontario County program for Ontario County Youth Court Support is the only peer justice available to serve first time youthful offenders who are guilty of a violation, school violation or misdemeanor. This program lessens the burden of Ontario County Probation and Family Court which is an alternative to school suspensions allowing students to remain in school and lessen the chance of disengagement form their school community. The Court serves two target populations: offenders and volunteers. It operates 12 months a year.
Family Counseling of the Finger Lakes provides “Beyond the Crisis” groups to women and children who have been served through the Domestic Violence Program and who are now working on enhanced self-esteem, strengthened self-reliance and enhanced economic self-sufficiency. The women receive information regarding skills to achieve financial independence, vehicle maintenance, and personal safety and self-defense and exercises to build self-esteem.
Herb Haven began in 1998 as an educational outreach project of Seeking Common Ground which initially offered weekly herbal horticulture workshops at a woman’s shelter, the county jail and a local community health center. Women in transition learned from seed to salve how to grow, harvest and handcraft healing herb products from a wide variety of organic herbs. In the process, grew self-esteem, new skills and a loving community. They have grown to a donated farm in Crystal Beach near Canandaigua, NY. Shimmering Light farm has an expanded circle to welcome Ontario ARC participants for an additional educational center.
2014 - $16,600
5 Grants Awarded
Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes, Inc. ($4600) has been awarded a grant for
their program titled Beyond the Crisis: Skills for Self-Sufficiency. The grant will help provide
two - six week courses designed to provide basic financial, safety and life-skills enrichment for
survivors of domestic violence who are beyond the immediate crisis of being in a battering
One in three girls will be sexually abused before they are eighteen years old and one in three women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Primary preventions are the best resource available to reduce these risks to women and girls. ONYA has given a grant to Safe
Safe Harbors ($3200) Safe Harbors will facilitate four Girls’ Circle Support groups which, they hope, will reduce the risk factors that interfere with these girls’ ability to reach their full potential by increasing a positive self- image and enhance healthy relationships with peers and adults. They will also facilitate two Women’s Circle Support groups where they hope to reduce the number of women who return to relationships with abusive partners by increasing their self-image and enhancing healthy relationships with peers and partners.
ONYA has also provided a grant to Literacy Volunteers ($4000) so that they may purchase the appropriate technology and software to enable mothers of young children to bring them along when attending class so that babysitting services aren’t required. LOVY believes that by improving a women’s literacy level it will be more likely that they can progress toward economic self- sufficiency.
An ONYA grant has also been provided to Legal Assistance ($3000) which is a child support enforcement project that aims to provide legal representation and/or advise to victims of domestic violence and women who recently transitioned from welfare to work. The program supports women who are seeking initial child support or women seeking enforcement of a current child support order.
A fifth grant has been given to Gleaners Community Kitchen ($1800). During the summer of 2015 the Gleaners Kitchen will offer a weekly program in food preservation and preparation. The program will include the nutritional and monetary value of fresh produce and harvesting from the garden. Agency referrals will be given as needed. It is hoped that communication skills will be increased and that the isolation that many marginalized people experience will be broken.
5 Grants Awarded
$6700- Legal Assistance of Western NY Inc. (LAWNY) – Child Support Enhancement Project a child support enforcement project that aims to provide legal representation and/or advise with high priority given to victim of domestic violence and women who recently transitioned from welfare to work. Support to women who seek initial child support, and for women seeking enforcement of a current child support order.
$2300- Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes Inc. – Beyond the Crisis Skills for Self-Sufficiency A six week course designed to provide basic financial, safety and life-skills enrichment for survivors of domestic violence who are beyond the immediate crisis of being in a battering relationship.
$4500- Gleaners Community Kitchen – Women and Girls Growing – The program will help women and girls reach economic self-sufficiency by offering steps toward breaking the cycle of poverty and helping to create strong healthy families. The hope is to have 20 women and their children attend this program which will teach women meal preparation; how to plant, harvest and preserve food inexpensively, and act as a referral source. The program will run from June-September and partner with Cornell Cooperative, Food link and other agencies.
$2250- Yates Cultural & Recreational Resources (YCCR) –Girls on the Run- is a weekly after school empowerment program for girls in 3rd – 5th grade. The girls meet in teams two times per week for 10 weeks. Each team is led by volunteer coaches who help girls complete a 24 –lesson curriculum which focuses on goal setting, team building, friendship, healthy relationships, bullying, community pride and making choices. Each lesson includes both instruction and activity in order to build their courage, confidence and stamina to complete the 5K.
$2000 - Literacy Volunteers of Ontario and Yates – Achieving Success Part 2- In order to attend Literacy, single women often lack appropriate child care. LVOY plans on using the grant to purchase the technology and software to have a children’s activity center on site so that the women would be able to bring their young children with them while having the children productively engaged in learning activities. By providing such care, the women could improve their literacy level and progress toward economic self-sufficiency.
2012 - $25,115
7 Grants Awarded
$3000 -Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes- Girls Circle/Women’s Circle - The mission of Safe Harbors is to provide direct service to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence and to raise awareness about sexual assault and domestic violence through community education programs. The target population is girls in grades 3 through 12 and women who have experienced violence in their lives.
$3500 Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc. Child Support enforcement Project - A child support enforcement project that aims to provide legal representation and/or advise with high priority given to victim of domestic violence and women who recently transitioned from welfare to work. Support to women who seek initial child support, and for women seeking enforcement of a current child support order.
$2300- Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes, Inc. Beyond the Crisis A six week course designed to provide basic financial, safety and life-skills enrichment for survivors of domestic violence who are beyond the immediate crisis of being in a battering relationship.
$3200-The Salvation Army, Geneva – Sunbeams, Girls Guards- A program for girls, and adult women with the purpose of enabling participants to develop social, spiritual, physical and intellectual skills which will enable them to attain the full measure of their potential. The majority of the population that will be served is Spanish-speaking and economically disadvantaged. The project includes travel to nearby educational sites in Seneca Falls and also the development of a Community Garden.
$6750- Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc. Child Healing Program –Domestic violence affect every member of the family, including the children. Family Violence creates a home environment where children live in constant fear. Children who are exposed to family violence are more likely to develop social, emotional, psychological and behavior problems. The Child Healing Program will attempt to instill an understanding of what domestic violence is; so children will feel less fearful and less isolated. and will learn new ways to solve problems. Mothers will learn how to communicate with their children about violence and gain support in coping with their role as a mother. The population served is 8-10 children AGES 8-14. The program consists of six (6) session curriculum education/support groups for children with concurrent groups for their mothers. The series of groups to run in early spring and the second to run in the fall.
$3865 – Literacy Volunteers of Ontario and Yates, Inc- Literacy for Adult Learners- The Literacy Volunteers is a one-on one tutoring program for adults who need assistance in basic literacy, GED assistance and computer literacy. Two-thirds of our students are female, between the ages of 19-24 years of age. A trained Keuka College tutor will work with the young women who come for pre-GED help. She is an excellent role model for the women who come for tutoring.
$2500 Seeking Common Ground/Herb Haven – Herb Haven Consignment and Vocational Skills –We seek to expand program hours to create a consignment business where participants and artisans in the community can consign their wares for sale through Herb Haven providing hands on vocational skills training. HH needs start up fund to be open 5 days per week, to expand our production of handcraft items and to run the consignment business.
2011 - $25,000
6 Grants Awarded
$2000 - Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes- A six week course designed to provide basic financial, safety and life-skills enrichment for survivors of domestic violence who are beyond the immediate crisis of being in a battering relationship.
$5000 - Canandaigua Salvation Army – The Phoenix Program is an after-school and summer camp program that provides a safe environment for girls in order to help them academically and socially. Also, includes family support, social development skills, and personal skills.
$3500 - Center for Dispute Settlement – Volunteer and staff facilitate reentry circles with woman incarcerated in the Ontario County Jail. They empower women to make self-directed plans for leaving jail, and encourag them to take responsibility for the harm they have caused others and to make amends.
$5000 - Seeking Common Ground/ Herb Haven- the creation of an awareness-raising book with meaningful stories and wisdom by local women healing from crisis, also for use as a fundraiser and the resulting curricula will continue to teach writing, communication, and layout skills as part of the journey to self-sufficiency, provide an anthology of personal stories, natural health alternatives.
$5000 - Legal Assistance of Western New York- A child support enforcement project that aims to provide legal representation and/or advise with high priority given to victim of domestic violence and women who recently transitioned from welfare to work. Support to women who seek initial child support, and for women seeking enforcement of a current child support order.
$4500 - Literacy Volunteers of Ontario Yates Inc. – Will recruit women learners who are interested in improving their literacy skills and or work toward their GED. When women improve their literacy level they will be more likely to better support and nurture their families.
7 Grants Awarded
$2000 - Girls Scouts-Seven Lakes Council, Inc, - 99 at-risk girls’ ages 10-18 completed this class. Girls are inspired to work harder to achieve their dreams. The program is in its 4th year and 6 out of 8 graduating seniors will be going to college. This program was funded through a fundraiser by Hobart William Smith College faculty and students. The proceeds were given to ONYA for this grant purpose.
$5200 - Canandaigua Churches In Action: The clinic has assisted 60 female patients subsidizing $2000 worth of clinical services and helping them to obtain health insurance. (Half year report stats).
$2000 - Family Counseling of the Finger Lakes: Ten female survivors of domestic violence have completed a six-week course “Beyond the Crisis.” The domestic hotline received 552 calls. (Half-year report).
$2000 - Salvation Army Phoenix After School and Summer Session: Serves at-risk children of working parents. 32 of current 55 participants are girls. The summer program offered crafts, games, swimming, tutoring, 3 meals a day and field trips. (Half-year report)
$5000 - Seeking Common Ground’s Herb Haven Program: 15 women and their children were served. Participants now do educational and community outreach workshops giving them leadership training and presentation skills while earning an income. (Half-year report).
$9500 to Child Support Enforcement Project of the Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes: Through education and legal advocacy, this project increased child support and effective enforcement for 44 women not on public assistance. LAFL obtained child support orders totaling $5,058 a month.
$500- Canandaigua Adventure – Math and Science Careers for Girls –A collaborative effort between the Finger Lakes Community College and the Canandaigua Middle School to encourage girls to prepare for math and science careers and to explore career goals by gaining an understanding of the successful college path.
2009 – $19,500
6 Grants Awarded
$2000 to Girl Scouts-Seven Lakes Council, Inc.: College Life 101 and 201 are designed to help at-risk girls to understand the need to stay in high school and explore career options as well as college possibilities. 98 girls ages 10-18 completed this Life Class.
$2000 to Family Counseling of the Finger Lakes: A six-week course for women survivors of domestic violence. Provides these women with self-sufficiency skills and coping skills to move on and away from abusive relationships.
$3000 to Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project: In its second year, this program has transitioned into providing more job skills and communication skills for migrant and low-income community women.
$3000 to Seeking Common Ground’s Herb Haven Program: In its second grant from ONYA, the program has served over 30 women and children in parenting skills, job training skills, networking.
Three graduates are now in college and three more women will be joining them in fall 2010. Several teen children are now helping to lead Monday night “Sharing Sessions.”
$7,000 - Child Support Enforcement Project of the Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes: This project continues to help women collect and enforce support payments keeping them out of poverty and closer to economic self-sufficiency.
$2500 - Legal Assistance to Minor Parents at Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes: This program continues to provide legal counseling to young women who are pregnant or legal minors.
4 Grants Awarded
$6000 to Seeking Common Ground’s Herb Haven Program: This program provides services for at-risk women with on-site programs for their children. “We like this program that keeps the mothers and children together during the day and where mentors are available to provide parenting, and life skills.”
$5000 to Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project: Hosted a series of job and education workshops for Geneva area Hispanic women. “These women are realizing that there are a lot of opportunities for them in the area. This program helps them to negotiate the system.”
$3900 to Legal Assistance to Minor Parents at Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes: Continues to help minor parents with legal assistance and to network with other agencies.
$10,000 to Child Enforcement Project at Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes: Provides lawyers to pursue enforcement of court support orders.
2007 – $23,900
4 Grants Awarded
$6000 to Seeking Common Ground’s Herb Haven Program: Helps low-income, at-risk women and their children to heal through support group, horticultural job training with on-site child care and pre-school, taking responsibility for planning, planting and harvesting herbs for use in cooking and crafting. “I feel safe here and can take time to learn to be a better parent at the same time.”
$5000 to Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project: A collaborative program to provide emotional support and life skills training to low-income migrant and community women who want to integrate into the community. “I’ll work hard to do what I have to do to make a better life for myself and my four children.
$10,000 to Child Enforcement Project of Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes: “Without support from ONYA, this program would not exist.”
$2900 to Legal Assistance to Minor Parents at Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes: Terra needed a visitation order with adequate supervision for her baby’s father—LAFL helper.
2006 - $7500
2 Grants Awarded
$2500 to Legal Assistance to Minor Parents at Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes: Assisting over 30 minor parents and their children to receive proper legal representation. For example, Marlene, displaced along with her children when her out-of-code trailer caught fire was helped to be reimbursed and find a new residence.
$5000 to Child Support Enforcement Project at Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes: Third year this program received an ONYA grant. Over the past two years, over $200,000 back child support payments for over 30 women was recovered; therefore, helping to keep families from falling back on public assistance.
2005 – $7500
2 Grants Awarded
$4500 to Child Support Enforcement Project at Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes: Second year this program received a grant and over 30 women were helped to gain almost $100,000 in back child support.
$3000 to Money Work$ at Cornell Cooperative of Ontario County: Incarcerated women in the Ontario County Jail learned techniques for handling their finances; without such skills these women are prone to be taken advantage of and flounder. “This class has given hope to women who had no hope,” says the program facilitator.
4 Grants Awarded
$2500 4-H Young Women’s Adventure Camp of the Cornell Cooperative of Ontario County: The weeklong camp in the Bristol Hills helped at-risk teen girls to develop skills in teamwork, leadership, and problem solving. One graduate of the course has gone back as a counselor because: “I learned so much about myself that I know the Camp is a great place for girls.”
$4500 to Child Support Enforcement Project of Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes: Designed to aid women to obtain their child support orders or to increase their support order. These women are transitioning from welfare to work and every dollar counts. “As they gain their child support, they gain confidence in other areas of their lives as well.”
$4000 to Yates after School Arts Program at the Yates County Youth Bureau: An after school program for 12-13 year old girls that encouraged personal growth through dramatic, literary, and fine arts experiences. One teen said, “In this all-girl program, I can be myself and practice new skills without boys watching. I feel more confident and am making new, healthier friends.”
$1000 to Ontario Parenting Program for Incarcerated Women of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes: Helped incarcerated women to maintain positive relationships with their children and provided educational resources to aid mothers returning to family life.
2003 – $2500
1 Grant Awarded
$2500 to H.E.R. Program, Rushville Health Center: Provided childbirth, health, and resource education to pregnant teens. Continuing for 4 years, the program reached 40 young women. One participant summed it up: “I didn’t know where to go for help—now I do and I can help myself and my baby.”Since 2003 a total of $208,465 has been awarded to 53 Grantees.
Ontario/Yates Fund for Women and Girls
P.O. Box 31
Canandaigua, NY 14424
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