Strengthening Our Community
Since 2000, ONYA has awarded over $381,000 to
31 different agencies, for 96 programs, that have impacted the lives of over 7,200 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 2022 application period (for 2023 grants) will open later.
2022 ONYA Grants
Since 2000, ONYA has awarded over $381,000 to 31 agencies for 96 programs which have impacted the lives of over 7,200 women and girls in Ontario and Yates Counties.
The ONYA Board of Directors is proud to announce its grant recipients for 2022. Thank you for your donations that make these grant awards and programs possible.
With your help, ONYA supports non-profit programs that foster personal and economic self-sufficiency for women and girls in Ontario and Yates Counties.
Each year ONYA gives grants to non-profit groups for programs that support this mission. Our generous donors have enabled us to fund the following programs this year:
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 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 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.
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
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.