St. Lawrence County Charitable Organizations Invited to Apply for Funding by October 22
WATERTOWN — The Dr. D. Susan Badenhausen Legacy Fund of the Northern New York Community Foundation is now accepting applications for 2021 grant funding from qualified charitable organizations that strive to improve the quality of life in St. Lawrence County.
Grant funding is available to nonprofit organizations serving St. Lawrence County whose missions and efforts align with one or more of the following focus areas: general health and well-being; educational programs; conservation and wildlife preservation; and arts and culture.
The fund benefits causes and organizations that Dr. Badenhausen valued and treasured most and serves as an enduring embodiment of her passions and interests while providing annual grants to organizations that support the same.
All organizations applying for funding must do so through the Community Foundation’s online Grant Lifecycle Manager, which may be accessed at nnycf.org/grants.
Up to a total of $50,000 in grant funding is available this year, and successful applicants may receive full or partial funding of their requested amount with a year from the date of the award to complete the program or project. While a single project could be funded, it has been the general practice to accommodate several grants that are meaningful in nature with the total funding available.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Foundation to discuss requests before submission. Requests will not be considered for work commencing prior to Dec. 31, 2021.
In 2020, four projects were awarded grant funding that include: Canton College Foundation to purchase three “Nursing Anne Simulator” manikins to support SUNY Canton’s nursing professionals enrolled in its two- and four-year nursing degree programs; Helena Volunteer Fire Department to acquire critical lifesaving equipment needed to respond to emergencies; North Country Public Radio to replace critical broadcast equipment as part of a studio modernization project; and WPBS-TV to create new arts and educational content for television broadcast and digital distribution and complete promotional and outreach efforts.
This permanent charitable fund was established at the Community Foundation in 2019 through a bequest from St. Lawrence County resident and retired physician Dr. D. Susan Badenhausen who passed away in September 2018 at the age of 83. The Foundation administers the fund in collaboration with longtime representatives of Dr. Badenhausen’s legacy who will review applications and make funding recommendations.
“Dr. Badenhausen’s powerful and enduring legacy was done in a way that is broad and far-reaching,” said Rande Richardson, Community Foundation executive director. “We are hopeful that a diverse pool of applications will be received through the competitive process this year so that the best investments can be made across St. Lawrence County in the coming year, and quality of life can be positively impacted in a variety of ways,” said Rande Richardson, Community Foundation executive director.
Requests for funding will not be considered for work that begins before Dec. 31, 2021. Successful applicants will have up to one year to complete their project or program. Applications and guidelines for the Dr. D. Susan Badenhausen Legacy Fund may be accessed through the Foundation’s Grant Lifecycle Manager portal.
Complete grant proposals must be submitted online by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Grant decisions will be announced in early 2022. The Community Foundation will notify all grant applicants of the status of their grant by Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Contact Kraig Everard, Community Foundation director of stewardship and programs, with any application or grant questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 315-782-7110.
About Dr. D. Susan Badenhausen
Following years of medical education and service as a research professional and physician, Dr. Badenhausen made the North Country her home in 1975, and quickly grew to cherish its people as friends, serving all for whom she provided medical care with dignity and respect.
Dr. Badenhausen’s contributions to health care in St. Lawrence County are extensive: She was the physician director for the Potsdam Nursing Home; a physician for Sunmount Residential Center in Massena; school physician for Parishville-Hopkinton Central School; a public health officer for the towns of Brasher, Stockholm, Hopkinton, and Lawrence; served on the St. Lawrence County Board of Health; and a longtime member of the Canton-Potsdam Hospital medical staff.
She maintained a keen interest in the health and well-being of her community, advocating for access to culture and education. Dr. Badenhausen remained one of few physicians anywhere who still made house calls, even in the middle of a North Country winter. Her black leather medical bag was always packed and ready to leave her Brasher Falls home.
About the Northern New York Community Foundation
Since 1929, the Northern New York Community Foundation has invested in improving and enriching the quality of life for all in communities across Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.
Through partnerships with businesses and organizations, charitable foundations, and generous families and individual donors, the Community Foundation awards grants and scholarships from an endowment and collection of funds that benefit the region. Its commitment to donors helps individuals achieve their charitable objectives now and for generations to come by preserving and honoring legacies of community philanthropy while inspiring others.
The Community Foundation is a resource for local charitable organizations, donors, professional advisors, and nonprofit organizations. It also works to bring people together at its permanent home in the Northern New York Philanthropy Center to discuss challenges our communities face and find creative solutions that strengthen the region and make it a great place to live, work, and play.