Allyn Family Foundation Grants

Allyn Family Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $50,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in New York: Cayuga County, Onondaga County

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Cayuga County, Onondaga County

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We believe that Central New York has the human and social capital to build a vibrant community. But our rates of poverty and social inequality present a significant hindrance to realizing our full economic potential. Poverty is complex and complicated but we do know from extensive research that there are strategies and investments that can make a difference. That’s why we are focusing our resources on three key areas: Early Childhood, Community Prosperity and Women’s Health. 

Early Childhood


These days, investing in early childhood is a no-brainer. The science is compelling and communities all over the world are working on building stronger, more comprehensive and equitable systems and programs to support families and children.

As James J. Heckman, Nobel laureate in economics, and expert in the economics of human development, is widely quoted: “The highest rate of return in early childhood development comes from investing as early as possible, from birth through age five, in disadvantaged families. Starting at age three or four is too little too late… Efforts should focus on the first years for the greatest efficiency and effectiveness.”

Specifically, the research on early childhood supports shows big benefits, including:

  • Preventing the achievement gap 
    • Gaps in knowledge and ability among disadvantaged children begins long before kindergarten and tend to continue throughout their lives. Investing in cognitive, social and emotional development early makes more sense than trying to close the gap later.
  • Improving health outcomes
    • Family-focused interventions that emphasize early education and health for young children show dramatic long-term health effects, including significantly lower risk of chronic disease.
  • Boosting earnings
    • Recent studies show that participation in early interventions like home visiting can boost children’s earnings in adulthood by more than 25%.
  • Return on investment
    • The latest research shows the rate of return on quality early childhood development for disadvantaged children is 7-10% per year as a result of better outcomes across many domains, including improved economic prosperity and reduced crime.


In Cayuga and Onondaga Counties, the Allyn Family Foundation is providing leadership and support for diverse community coalitions who are focused on designing community-wide approaches to improving early childhood systems and supports for vulnerable families.

Community Prosperity


As the Greater Syracuse region begins to experience economic growth, rates of poverty, particularly in inner city neighborhoods, are also rising sharply. This dynamic leaves individuals and families struggling at the margins of our community, while undermining the long-term health of our region. When it comes to combatting poverty, there are no easy answers. However, we must recognize that poverty is ultimately an economic condition, which requires economic solutions, first and foremost. We also acknowledge that poverty is not evenly distributed; it exists in concentrated geographies, where vicious cycles are reinforced over years and generations. We, therefore, must pursue solutions that concentrate efforts and resources in these places. Most importantly, we recognize that poverty is exemplified by countless individuals who have the talent and motivation to succeed but struggle to access opportunity and find the footing they need to succeed over time. 

What would happen if an anti-poverty agenda was transformed into a community prosperity agenda? What if, rather than “solving the problems of poverty”, we were committed to empowering the thousands of individuals in struggling neighborhoods, who are ready to change their own story and rewrite their community’s narrative


Community Prosperity is defined by strong neighborhoods, where all individuals and families can access opportunities, build wealth, and enjoy a high quality of life. 


The Allyn Family Foundation seeks to disrupt concentrated poverty in targeted Syracuse neighborhoods by empowering residents to fulfill their full potential, while contributing to the wellbeing of their families and the revitalization of their neighborhoods.


​To advance a community prosperity agenda, there must be leadership and engagement at the neighborhood level. However, small neighborhood organizations struggle to catalyze change alone. They must be connected to resources, ideas and opportunities that exist outside of their communities. Therefore, the Allyn Family Foundation will convene partnerships between networks of community-based organizations and services agencies, economic and community development entities, and businesses. Together we will develop common strategies that advance the goals of neighborhood leaders and residents.

The Allyn Family Foundation will help build community prosperity in targeted Syracuse neighborhoods by investing in Economic Opportunity, Economic Empowerment, and Vibrant Neighborhoods

  • Economic Opportunity
    • Attract, grow and create businesses that are community-owned and/or create good jobs, which are accessible to nearby residents
      • equity and subsidies for targeted real estate projects
      • loan and equity funds for minority-owned and neighborhood businessses
  • Economic Empowerment
    • Support residents in accessing economic opportunities and provide tools necessary or personal and fmaily financial stability
      • Best practice workforce programming
      • individual financial capacity building
      • Remove access barriers (i.e. transportation and childcare)
  • Vibrant Neighborhoods
    • Empower neighborhoods to transform their communities into places where families thrive
      • mixed income housing
      • homeownership opportunities
      • community projects that enhance public safety, health,  & quality of life
      • Community organizing networks

Women's Health

Along with many community partners, the Allyn Family Foundation is building a local movement to encourage and support young women and their partners to have complete information about all contraceptives and be able to choose the method that is right for them, without any cost or access barriers. We are strongly committed to reproductive justice, woman-centered care, dispelling myths, and changing social norms to empower young women with positive self-images and independent choice.


​To help support young women and their partners to make informed, empowered choices about contraception, we are working with our partners to:

  • Increase the number of providers who offer the full range of birth control options
  • Increase capacity at our publicly-funded clinics
  • Design a community-wide education and awareness campaign
  • Improve coordination among local outreach and education 

Grant Making Opportunities

The Allyn Family Foundation designs community initiatives in the focused areas of Early Childhood, Community Prosperity, and Women’s Health. In addition, the Allyn Family Foundation does accept grant applications from 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that align with our mission of building strong families and vibrant neighborhoods. 

Organizations in Onondaga and Cayuga Counties that meet our stated mission of building strong families and vibrant neighborhoods may submit a brief one-page summary of a proposed project or grant request. 

In general, the Allyn Family Foundation is open to supporting:

  • Programs, either new or expanded, that clearly align with community needs
  • Capital projects, to purchase or construct a new facility or renovate or expand an existing facility, that enhances an organization’s capacity to become more efficient or effective.
  • Improved infrastructure and/or technology that enhances an organization’s capacity to become more efficient or effective.
  • Capacity building for the organization, which may include board governance, performance measurement, strategic planning, value proposition, etc.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Nonprofit charitable organizations that are exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Revenue Code can apply for grant.


  • If your organization is not physically located in Onondaga or Cayuga County, you cannot apply for support.