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.

Upon application, we will require that you submit to us a completed application which you will find under the “Grants” section of the above website. Please be certain that the application contains the following information:

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. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of our review

Grants

2014 Grants $17,750

The Ontario/Yates Fund for Women and Girls promotes economic and social self-sufficiency for women and girls in Yates and Ontario Counties by providing support for victims of abuse, teen mothers, adolescent girls, and families trapped in poverty. Over the last twelve years, ONYA has funded 51 programs and served more than 4,500 women and girls in Ontario and Yates Counties. This year grants totaling $17,750 have been given to the following groups for the listed projects:

Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc (LAWNY). – Child Support Enforcement Project
Through education and legal advocacy LAWNY anticipated that this project will help to create systemic change that will enable women to move towards economic self-sufficiency. Increased child support and effective enforcement will help working families meet their basic necessities without the need for public assistance. The staff attorneys working on this project are experienced domestic violence advocates who are committed to equal access to the justice system, for vulnerable populations. Child support Project plans to obtain, preserve or increase child support orders totaling $8,500 per month, or $102,000 per year. Provide detailed legal advice and or pro se assistance to at least 40 women and obtain orders which include health insurance and child care costs in 100% of appropriate cases. Program awarded: $6700.

Family Counseling Services of the Finer 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. Each class meets once a week for one and a half hours. Topics include self-esteem awareness, assertiveness, banking, automotive maintenance, and self defense. The project serves up to 10 female survivors of domestic violence who are clients of the Domestic Violence Program and are actively participating in their recovery process. Child care is offered to support their ability to commit to the program. Program awarded: $2300

Gleaners Community Kitchen: Women and Girls Growing
The program will help women and girls reach economic self sufficiency by offering steps towards 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 (one recipe a week); how to plant, harvest and preserve food inexpensively, and act as a referral resource. The program will run from June-September and partner with Cornell Cooperative, Foodlink, Social Service providers (who can help them apply for SNAP and other benefits) and Literacy Volunteers. Program awarded: $4500

Yates Cultural & Recreational Resources (YCCR): Girls on the Run
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 the girls complete a 24-lesson curriculum, a community service project and a celebratory 5K (3.1 miles) walk/run event. The curriculum focuses on goal setting, team building, friendships, healthy relationships, bullying, community pride and making good choices. Each lesson includes both instruction and activity in order to build their courage, confidence and stamina to complete the 5K. Program awarded: $2250

Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates: Achieving Success Part 2
In order to attend Literacy training, single women often lack appropriate child care. LVOY plans on using their 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. Program awarded: $2000

2012 Grants $25,615

$2,300 Family Counseling Services 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.

$6,750 Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes
Child Healing Program- Domestic Violence affects every member of the family. The Child Healing program will help all the members of the family to understand what domestic violence is will feel less fearful and less isolated and will learn new ways to solve problems. Girls gain insight and awareness, reducing the likelihood that girls will become victims of domestic violence. The male children will gain awareness needed to counteract the statistic of being twice as likely to abuse their own partner. The mother will learn how to communicate and gain support in coping with their role as mother.

$3,200 Salvation Army – Geneva- Sunbeams, Girl Guard, and Home League
supports girls, young ladies and women to enable participants to develop social, spiritual, physical and intellectual skills which will enable them to attain the full measure of their potential as unique and gifted persons. The majority of our population is Spanish-speaking and economically disadvantaged. The project will fund a Community Garden that will improve their quality of life with the assistance of Cornell Extension instruction. Also funded will be the opportunity for the participants to experience, for the first time the educational and highly interactive women’s resources that serve a diverse audience of adults and girls such as the Women’s Rights National Park, and The Strong Museum.

$2,500 Seeking Common Ground/ Herb Haven
Consignment and Vocational Skills Project Seeks to expand program hours to create a consignment business. Participants and artisans can consign their wares for sale at Herb Haven, vendor fairs and festivals providing hands on vocational skills training. it is expected that most women will use this as a springboard to continue vocational educational goals.

$3,500 Legal Assistance of Western New York
A child support enforcement project that aims to provide legal representation and/or advice with high priority given to victims 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.

$3865 Literacy Volunteers of Ontario Yates inc.
Will recruit women learners who are interested in improving their literacy skills. Two-thirds of our students are female, between the ages of 19-24 years of age. LVOY will employ a female Keuka college student (formerly a volunteer) who is a trained tutor and an excellent role model for the women who come for pre-GED help to improve their literacy skills.

$3,500 Safe Harbors- Girls Circle/Women’s Circle-
The target population are girls in grades 3 through 12 and women of any age who have experienced violence in their lives. Will reduce risk factors that interfere with these girls’ ability to reach their full potential; increase positive image; enhance healthy relationships with peers and adults. SHFL’s mission: is to provide direct services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

2010 Grants $22,620

$4000 Legal Assistance, Geneva.
Child support enforcement helps women to collect money owed them and reduces the number of non-compliant spouse.

$4000 Seeking Common Ground/ Herb Haven, rural Canandaigua.
Helps at-risk women and their children to build marketable skills through horticultural therapy and counseling that nurtures health, well-being, and economic and social success.

$4000 Safe Harbors, Penn Yan.
Proposes to build a safe living space for victims of domestic violence and their children; ONYA grant will support counseling programs.

$4000 Rushville Health Center, Rushville.
Will provide a variety of community building events for women and girls to build strong and healthy relationships in this rural county.

$2500 Finger Lakes Migrant Health, Penn Yan.
Girls Club after school program to empower girls to be confident and courageous.

$2870 Literacy Volunteers of Ontario Yates inc., Canandaigua.
Will recruit women learners who need to improve their literacy skills and/work toward a GED.

$1250 Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, inc., Geneva.
This program seeks to empower underserved and ethnically diverse girls by introducing them to the advantages of completing high school and going to college.

As ONYA Pledgers, Donors, and Friends you have laid the foundation for the ONYA Giving Legacy—our endowment. in 2003 one $2500 grant was given to the Rushville Health Center. As of 2011, 35 grants have been given for a total of $144,220. More than 3000 area women and girls have benefited from your generosity and foresight. Your legacy lives through the journey that these women and girls travel each day. Thank you!

2009 Grants $19,500

$2,000 Girl Scouts-Seven Lakes Council, inc.
College Life 101 and 201 designed to help girls undersand the need to stay in high school and explore career options as well as college possibilities.

$2,000 Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes
Six week course for women domestic violence survivors. Provides skills for self-sufficiency.

$7,000 Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes.
Child Support Enforcement provides legal representation to women recently transitioned from welfare to work.

$2,500 Legal Assistance to Minor Parents.
Legal counseling to young women who are pregnant or legal minors.

$3,000 Finger Lakes Migrant Health
Provides life skills and emotional support to low income migrant and community women.

$3,000 Seeking Common Ground/ Herb Haven
Helping at-risk-women and children to become self-sufficient through a horticultural therapy program.

2008 Grants $27,500

$2,000 Girls Scouts CollegeGirl Scouts-Seven Lakes Council, inc.
College Life 101 and 201 designed to help girls undersand the need to stay in high school and explore career options as well as college possibilities.

$5,200 Canandaigua Churches in Action.
Medical assistance for 65 women who do not have insurance.

$2,000 Family Counseling of the Finger Lakes.
Six week course for women surviving domestic violence.

$2,000 Salvation Army - Phoenix.
After School and Summer Programs, serves at-risk girls of working parents.

$9,500 Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes.
Provides legal assistance to women seeking enforcement child support.

$5,000 Seeking Common Ground/ Herb Haven
Helping women realize their self-sufficiency through improved skillsin parenting, leadership training and skill building in the work force.

2007 Grants $23,900

$6000 Seeking Common Ground/ Herb Haven
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 planting and harvesting herbs for use in cooking and crafting. “i feel safe here and can take time to learn what i’m good at and learn to be a better parent at the same time. i have learned at Herb Haven to replace destructive behaviors with healthy activities.”

$5000 to Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Progect
A collaborative program to provide emotional support and life skills training to low-income migrant and community women who want to integrate permanently into their community. FLMHCP hires former clients who have finished the program and have the skills to work in the program.

$12,900 to Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes:
$10,000 to the Child Enforcement Project and $2900 to the Legal Assistance to Minors Program.
Both programs are crucial in helping woman and their families to avoid the downward spiral of poverty. There is no other provider of civil legal services for this population and without funding the programs would not continue.

2006 Grants $7,500

$5000 to Child Support Enforcement Project.
Over the two years that ONYA has funded this program, over $200,000 back child support payments for over 30 women were recovered. These payments help keep families from falling back on public assistance.

$2500 to Legal Assistance to Minor Parents, Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes.
Assisting over 30 minor parents and their children to receive proper legal representation. Terra needed a visitation order with adequate supervision for her baby’s father – LAFL helped; Marlene, who was displaced along with her children when her out-of-code rental trailer caught fire was helped by LAFL to be reimbursed and find a new residence.

2005 Grants $7,500

$4500 to Child Support Enforcement Project, Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes.
Designed to aid women 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 arenas of their lives as well.

$3000 to Money Work$, 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.” Author Anonymous.

2004 Grants $12,000

$2500 to 4-H Young Women’s Adventure Camp of the Cornell Cooperative of Ontario County.
These week long camps helped at risk teen girls 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 that the Camp is a great place for girls.”

$1000 to Ontario Parenting Program for incarcerated Women, 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.

$4000 to YATES After School Arts Program, Yates County Youth Bureau.
An after school program for 12-13 yr. 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 i am making new friends,” said another gal.

$4500 to Child Support Enforcement Project, Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes.
Designed to aid women 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 arenas of their lives as well.

2003 Grants $2,500

$2500 to H.E.R . Program, Rushville Health Center. Provided childbirth, health and resource education to pregnant teens. The program continued for four years, reaching 40 young women. They learned to network with agencies, with each other for ride and childcare sharing, made friends, broke their isolation. One participant said, “i didn’t know where to go for help – now, i do and i can help myself and my baby.”

 

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