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

NORWICH, NY – The Norwich Building Tomorrow Foundation is pleased to announce the 2024 Curb Appeal Program. Now in its fourth year, this grant program has assisted approximately 30 property owners within targeted geographical areas within the City of Norwich with various exterior improvements to their homes. Thus far the grant funding, along with investments made by property owners, combines for an impressive total of more than $500,000 in improvements to these properties.

The original program was created to encourage the revitalization of the Norwich Museum District neighborhood and through the years the program has included specific targeted areas within the City of Norwich. This year the program will primarily focus on South Broad Street from the South Broad Street Park to the Conkey Avenue intersection. However, applications will still be accepted from property owners on Rexford Street (Silver Street to River Street), State Street (Rexford Street to the end of the Northeast Classic Car Museum building), Silver Street (Rexford Street intersection to Borden Avenue on the north side and Gold Street on the south side).

The focus of the grant program is to assist property owners with projects that improve the exterior appearance of their dwelling from the street; thus improving the curb appeal of the property. Successful applicants are eligible to receive up to 75% of the total cost of their improvements, with the maximum grant amount being capped at $18,000. The minimum amount for a project to be considered for funding is $6,500. The scope of work must include improvements to one or more of the following: Architectural Details (addition, repair and/or restoration); Exterior painting and/or power washing; Doors, windows and shutters; Landscaping and sidewalks; Decorative entrance features and Aesthetic fencing. All grant awards in excess of $600 are subject to New York State tax.

Grant funding is provided by the Norwich Building Tomorrow Foundation in conjunction with other local foundations. The Curb Appeal Program is being coordinated by the Friends of the Museum District Co-Chair, Pegi LoPresti, and decisions on funded projects will be made by members of the Norwich Building Tomorrow Foundation. Additional information regarding the Curb Appeal Program can be found at https://www.norwichnewyork.net/whats-new.php or https://commercechenango.com/chenango-foundation or call 607.226.0004.

 

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