ONYA Grants

Strengthening Our Community

Since 2003, ONYA has awarded over $311,000 to 

30 different agencies, for 83 programs, that have impacted the lives of over 6,000 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 fund-raising 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 2021 application period (for 2022 grants) is now open.

2021 ONYA Grants

Since 2000, ONYA has awarded over $357,000 to 31 agencies for 90 programs which have impacted the lives of over 7,000 women and girls in Ontario and Yates Counties.


The ONYA Board of Directors is proud to announce its grant recipients for 2021.  ONYA’s mission is to inspire and advance philanthropy to foster personal and economic self-sufficiency among women and girls in Ontario and Yates counties. Each year ONYA gives grants to non-profit groups that support this mission.  


Our generous donors have enabled us to fund the following programs this year:

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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