The Northern New York Community Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved grants from geographic-specific funds for Lowville and Clayton.
The George R. Davis Fund awarded $10,000 in grants to support six projects in the Lowville area. The fund serves as a permanent resource for projects that will enhance the quality of life in the village and town of Lowville in perpetuity.
Three grants totaling $5,000 in support of three endeavors were also awarded from Dale Kenyon Community Fund, which is designed to annually support organizations serving residents in the town of Clayton.
“Geographic-specific funds are a great way to benefit specific regions that donors have a particular interest in. Both of these funds will forever provide support for meaningful programs and projects. We are grateful to Mr. Davis and Mr. Kenyon for having the vision and willingness to invest in the changing needs of their respective communities,” said Rande S. Richardson, Community Foundation executive director.
Selections for the Davis Fund were made by a committee consisting of the Court Attorney/Clerk for the Lewis County Judge, the Superintendent of Lowville Academy and the Mayor of the Village of Lowville. The six approved grants are:
- Lowville Rural Cemetery Association – $3,000 to help purchase cemetery management software. This project will also be funded by an additional grant from the Joan Davis Fund.
- First Presbyterian Church – $2,000 to assist with repairs to the church’s steeple clock in the village of Lowville.
- Lowville Free Library – $2,000 to be used to purchase indoor and outdoor signage at the library.
- Lewis County Hospital Foundation – $1,000 to help expand patio seating in the hospital’s outdoor respite area.
- Village of Lowville – $1,000 to enhance security at Veteran’s Memorial Park through the purchase of additional lighting and cameras for the site.
- Town of Lowville – $1,000 for the restoration of a series of headstones at Jackson Street cemetery.
The three grants approved from the Kenyon Community Fund are:
- Clayton Council of Churches Food Pantry – $3,000 to enhance the support at the local food pantry. This grant is in collaboration with St. Mary’s Church in Clayton.
- Clayton Jazz Festival – $1,500 to support the festival’s performances in September. The festival is in collaboration with the Thousand Islands Performing Arts Fund and Clayton Opera House.
- Depauville Free Library – $500 to supplement the organization’s seed library program.
The Northern New York Community Foundation makes grants to support the work of non-profit organizations and provides scholarships to individuals in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties. The Foundation has been built and added to from gifts (both while living and through their legacy plans) by individuals and organizations committed to meeting the changing needs of Northern New York, as well as supporting specific charitable interests and passions.
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