What If….Mini Grants

The Foundation seeks to fund neighborhood associations made up of concerned citizens as they work to develop their neighborhood’s resources and assets. This includes supporting efforts that encourage inclusion of diverse populations in decisions that affect their community. Organizations that are not 501-c-3 nonprofits may use a fiscal sponsor; we can facilitate this need.

These grants are given for projects with a total budget of $5,000 or less for neighborhoods within the City of Syracuse. We look to support efforts to build community capacity through the following:

  • Projects that create a clean, safe physical environment, promote sustainability, and protect the natural environment such as gardens,  neighborhood clean-ups, tree planting, etc.
  • Projects that create opportunities for learning and skill development such as workshops, trainings, afterschool programs, etc.
  • Projects that preserve a strong local, cultural and spiritual heritage such as celebrations, art projects/programs, street festivals, etc.
  • Projects that are supportive of individual and family well-being such as food programs, neighborhood watch programs, youth employment, etc.

In order to receive application guidelines we ask that you attend an informational meeting on the second Thursday of every month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Gifford Offices on the 3rd Floor of the First Niagara building, 126 North Salina Street (corner of James and North Salina.)
Registration is required. Please complete the form below or call 315-474-2489 or email


Learn more about our Resident Review Committee, which advises us on grant recommendations.

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