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ONYA Grants

Strengthening Our Community

Since 2000, ONYA has awarded over $440,500 to 

47 different agencies, for 123 programs, that have impacted the lives of over 9,027 women and girls in Ontario and Yates Counties. 

ONYA Grant Application

The Ontario Yates Fund for Women (ONYA) is seeking proposals from not for profit 501 (c)(3) organizations for programs serving women and girls in Ontario and Yates Counties. The Fund is an independent fundraising and grant making community organization which funds programs that have a positive impact on the economic and social status of women and girls.

All grant requests received will be screened for completeness and to assure that they meet ONYA’s criteria; a site visit by an ONYA Grant Committee representative may also be requested prior to the awarding of the grants. Grant requests must be received by September 1st of any year for consideration for that year’s grant cycle. Grants will be awarded in the fall for the following year’s program funding. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of our review by October 1st.

The 2024 Application packet (for 2025 program year grants) will be available soon.

2023 ONYA Grants

Child & Family Resources, Inc.

“Mother and Child Emergency Need & Personal Growth Project”

This grant will allow for emergency need purchases, such as a phone card or gas card in order to assist families with daily needs.  The funds will also help with larger needs such as a college class for a mom who wants to finish her degree, a car repair so she can get to work and the kids to doctor appointments, or a security deposit so she can secure a safe home.   


Dress for Success Rochester

“Mobile Career Center Programming: DFS Express Ontario & Yates Expansion”

This grant will expand Dress for Success Rochester by helping to cover the costs of Mobile Career Center Programming at two locations in Ontario and Yates counties. The program offered includes employment and interview coaching, professional attire and styling, soft skills, digital skills and employment retention support. 


Family Hope Center

"Courageous Beauty"

This program hopes to host 46 group meetings in which activities and lessons will lead to conversations about healthy relationships, sexual avoidance, and self-worth. 

It is designed for girls 11- 18 years of age.


Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes

“Circle Activities”  

The supplies needed to run school empowerment groups and girls’ circle groups which focus on at risk youth to build resiliency and self-advocacy will be provided by this grant.  The program expects to reach over 300 women and girls during the grant cycle.


Wood Library

“Beginner Yoga Classes for Women and Girls"  

A six-week series of beginner yoga classes for women and girls who cannot afford classes, will be offered during winter 2023.  The series will be divided into two groups: a morning class for women 55+ and an evening class for women and girls ages 16-54.  Equipment will be provided for everyone who signs up.  The grant will cover class instruction and equipment for participants.

2022 ONYA Grants




Big Brothers/Big Sisters  

Mentoring Girls for Lifelong Success


Mentoring Girls for Lifelong Success will serve 100 at-risk girls in Ontario and Yates counties with one-on-one mentoring that helps them stay in school, avoid risky behavior, have improved relationships with peers and adults, to have a greater likelihood of graduation, leading them to future economic independence and success.  The money will help support the staffing cost needed to recruit, screen and train new mentors to serve Ontario and Yates county girls, some of whom are on the current wait list.


Habitat for Humanity 

Women Build


Women Build brings together individuals from all walks of life to build and learn while directly engaging in Habitat’s mission.  On a Women Build site, women are involved in every aspect of construction and quickly grow in skills and confidence.  Through hands-on learning opportunities, participants gain experience that will benefit them in maintaining their own home while giving back to the community.  The $3,000 requested will support the purchase of materials and tools related to Women Build training and workshops planned for 2022.


Habitat for Humanity

HOPE (Home Owner Preparation and Education) program


This program helps families and individuals improve their financial self-sufficiency, pay down debt, establish good credit, and prepare themselves to become successful homeowners.  Participants meet regularly, one-on-one, with trained staff to establish and achieve their financial goals and receive coaching in personal finance and budgeting.  This grant allows them to increase the number of individuals served by the program through direct coaching.


The Living Well Mission 

Power Up for Girls and Women


Middle and High School girls in Penn Yan will learn how to perform basic home repairs (change a light bulb, change batteries, use a hammer, wrench and other tools) as well as create  simple wood working projects.  Each participant will receive a toolbox.  This will be a 4-6 week program.


In addition, they will partner with the Penn Yan Public Library and host a community read focusing on women’s authors and a story regarding successful women.  They will then partner with St. Mark’ Terrace in Penn Yan and Dundee to offer a building wide book club.


Family Hope Center 

Courageous Beauty


Courageous Beauty is a girls’ group for conversation about healthy relationships, sexual risk avoidance and self-worth.  The program proposes to host 46 group meetings in 2022 in which activities and lessons will be provided to reach 30-60 girls in the Geneva area.  The program targets girls ages 11-18.  The grant will fund staff, supplies for activities and lessons, and community marketing and engagement.  

2022 Mini Grants

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County                                              

This grant will help fund a six-week program this Fall, to help women farmers gain the tools necessary to become better farm owners and managers.


Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, Inc.                                                  

The objective of this program is to help clients become financially independent by providing them with money management classes and materials.  The classes will help clients learn how to budget, how to manage bank accounts, how credit works and how to build their credit, among other things.


Child & Family Resources, Inc.                                                                

This grant will provide a fund to address specific emergency needs of mothers in Ontario and Yates Counties such as food, diapers, formula, baby wipes, and financial help with utility shut-off notices.


St. Vincent DePaul Society

Care products                                                        

The object of this mini grant is to assemble personal care items that will be provided to women and girls through the Clothing Room.


St. Vincent DePaul Society


This grant will allow for the purchase of $20 and $30 food vouchers from Tops and Aldi stores.


The Living Well Mission                                                                             

This program will provide first aid kits to the women in their community and educate them on how to apply first aid so that they can be confident caregivers.


Mozaic Chapter NYSARC, Inc.                                                                  


The focus of this Women’s Group will be a cooking class providing the opportunity to learn new skills to become self-sufficient as well as providing an opportunity for social interaction and social skills development.



2021 ONYA Grants

Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes 

Seeking Safety Teen Girls Program  


This program will offer three separate 12-week Trauma Informed “Seeking Safety” groups which will help girls become independent and self-sufficient and build skills for empowerment and resiliency.  


Wood Library Association 

Job Readiness and Digital Equity  


The library is partnering with Ontario Workforce Development to provide access to job readiness skills, digital tools, and support for adult women who are unemployed or underemployed.  Laptops will be purchased that can be borrowed by participants to access the county’s SkillUp/Matrix Learning program.  Workshops will be held on resume writing, effective communication and interview skills, how to conduct a job search, and an introduction to MSWord and Google Docs.


Family Hope Center 

Courageous Beauty     


This program is a girls’ group for 11 to18 year-olds.  It will provide conversations about healthy relationships, sexual risk avoidance and self-worth.  The Center hopes to hold 92 group meetings over 46 weeks in which activities and lessons will be provided.


Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes 

Summer Youth Leadership Workshop  


Two five-day Summer Leadership Workshops will be held to teach student leaders skills they need to lead presentations with peers, to act as activists against violence, to model healthy relationship behaviors, to create anti-dating violence media, and to organize clubs in their communities. 

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