Chenango Foundation

The Chenango Foundation is responsible for aiding research and development that contributes to the communities in the  Chenango County area. The Foundation also provides continued oversight and development of the Leadership Chenango program aimed at enhancing the development and skills of individuals to become future community and civic leaders.

History

The Chamber of Commerce-Chenango County Foundation, Inc. was officially renamed The Chenango Foundation, Inc. in November 1996. The Chenango Foundation was created to provide a vehicle for community development projects. Successful projects and efforts have included The Northeast Classic Car Museum, Colorscape Chenango, and The Children’s Center.

The Northeast Classic Car Museum opened its doors in 1997 under the auspices of the Chenango Foundation. Sponsorship and project support was provided for the establishment of the tourist destination. In 1998, the NECCM received its 501c3 designation. Originally encompassing just one building and 50 cars on display, they currently have over 170+ vehicles in 5 connected buildings. Informative videos, period fashions, and more enhance the Museum experience. In May of 2009, the Museum opened another 30,000 square feet of exhibit space. Approximately 16,000+ visitors from all across the country visit the museum on a yearly basis.

Colorscape Chenango Arts Festival is a juried outdoor exhibition of gallery quality fine arts crafts and music. The sponsors and participants are dedicated to providing an interactive atmosphere featuring artist demonstrations, educational activities for children and adults, live entertainment, and quality food vendors. The Chenango Foundation provided sponsorship and project support from 1994 until the Festival received its 501c3 designation in 2000.

The Children’s Center, a state-of-the-art developmental and childcare center, was constructed in 1991 through a creative partnership with the city government, Opportunities for Chenango, and contributions from the business community and committed individuals. In January 1997, OFC decided not to renew their contract and the management and operation of the Center were temporarily transitioned to the Foundation. In 2003, Catholic Charities of Chenango County became the parent organization of the Center. Due to the lack of a positive balance sheet, in 2011, the Children’s Center closed and the restricted funding was returned to the Chenango Foundation.

Other projects include Oxford CSD – General Education work Experience & Career Exploration programs; Common Sense Thrift Shop; Workforce Dev Initiative; and Mind Matters Neurofeedback Intervention Research Center.

The Chenango Foundation also continues to provide oversight and development of the Leadership Chenango program, initiated in 1989, aimed at enhancing the development and skills of individuals to become future community and civic leaders.

Projects

2021 Norwich Building Tomorrow Foundation Curb Appeal Grant Program

The Curb Appeal Grant Program is provided by the Norwich Building Tomorrow Foundation to encourage revitalization of the Museum District neighborhood (defined as Rexford Street from the North Broad Street intersection to the Silver Street intersection). The program’s purpose is to assist property owners and residents with exterior improvements. The Friends of the Museum created the Curb Appeal Matching Grant Program to aid in this great revitalization effort. Attractive building facades and properties support and encourage visitors to the Museum District.

The program will be administered by the Friends of the Museum District Design Committee (hereby referred to as FOMDDC).

Grant funding is provided by a local foundation to assist property owners or tenants within the designated Museum District boundaries with payment for the cost of minor structural and cosmetic property improvements. Only exterior improvements will be considered. Eligible properties must be within the Museum District area.

For more information and to get the Grant Refund Application, click here: Curb Appeal Grant Prgm.  

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