Music for the Mission

Apply for a Mini-Grant (up to $2,000)

We are happy to announce that we are inviting area non-profit organizations to apply for mini-grants. Grant applications will be reviewed in January, 2022, and awarded by February 1, 2022. Please click here to complete your application, and submit it via email to by Friday, January 21, 2022.

Does your organization work with the homeless and hungry populations of Central New York? Do you have an innovative project you have been wanting to implement, but lack the funds to get it off the ground? Look no further than Music for the Mission’s new Mini-Grants!

What we fund:

In the past, Music for the Mission has donated to the Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, and many other worthy nonprofits working with homeless and hungry populations in Central New York. This year, with our inaugural Mini-Grants, we are looking to fund smaller, more grassroots nonprofit organizations aiding these populations. Our Mini-Grants are specifically targeting organizations that have creative and innovative projects to mitigate the effects of homelessness and hunger.

Who can apply?

Registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that assists homeless and hungry populations in Central New York. See “selection process” for more details on eligibility, preferred projects, and more.

How much can I apply for?

Music for the Mission’s Mini-Grants allow nonprofit organizations to apply for up to $2,000 in funding. There is no preference for larger or smaller requests and we will not give priority to more modest requests; we will award Mini-Grants to the strongest applicants, regardless of costs.

Program Status:

We are currently accepting applications for 2022 Mini-Grants through Friday, January 21.


  • Mini-Grants are not matching grants
  • Mini-Grants are provided on a reimbursement basis, unless otherwise agreed upon
  • Mini-Grant projects must be executed within the calendar year they are awarded
  • The recipient organization must submit a typed report within one month of its project’s completion. The report should describe the project/event in detail, including such items as the time, date, number of people, final costs, success/failures of the event, etc. (approximately 1 page). In addition, the recipient organization must include a 300-500 word blog post, with photographs of the project/event in its report.
  • Mini-Grants are contingent on available funds

Selection Process


  • Must be a registered 501(c)3
  • Focus on assisting homeless and/or hungry populations
  • Direct provider of services to a targeted group
  • Located and operating in Central New York

Preferred Projects:

  • Innovative approaches to mitigating the negative effects of homelessness and hunger (e.g., creative housing solutions, community gardens in food insecure neighborhoods, laundry services)
  • Relatively small operating budget, compared to other organizations offering similar services
  • Located near Binghamton, Syracuse, and Watertown

Projects will be primarily evaluated based on the feasibility of obtaining their expected benefits. Implementation, costs, and reporting strategies will be a large part of the evaluation process, too. Projects with lower funding requests will not be given preference. We want to fund the best, most impactful projects possible (up to $1,000, given available funding), not simply the least expensive; that being said, as part of our evaluation of your project’s costs, we will look for demonstrations of financial prudence.

As Music for the Mission continues to improve its fundraising efforts, we hope to award Mini-Grants more frequently than once a year. Currently, we do not have another disbursement date chosen, but we encourage you to stay tuned for updates from us about the next Mini-Grant application cycle.

All organizations, even those who have received a Mini-Grant in a previous cycle, are eligible to apply again. If you have received a Mini-Grant in the past, your organization will not be at a disadvantage compared to non-recipients; instead, we will evaluate each organization against one another and select those with the strongest proposals during a given cycle.

If your organization wants to apply for operating funds (e.g., a food pantry applying for support to bolster its inventory), we still encourage you to apply. We are open to any and all “projects”, but will give first priority to small, innovative projects because grants supporting those initiatives are less numerous.

For questions or comments, please contact our Executive Director, Joanna Jewett, at

2021 Mini-Grant Recipients:

In February of 2021, after receiving and reviewing a record number of applications, awarded grants to the following 16 area organizations. Each received $1000 mini-grants in support of their efforts:

Our Community Meal, United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton
Saint Jane Johnson Memorial UMC (Binghamton)

Christ the King Church (Liverpool)
Blvd. Methodist Church (Binghamton)
SS Peter & John Soup Kitchen (Auburn)
Bellevue Heights United Methodist ad Robinson Memorial Presbyterian Churches’ Weekend Feeding Program for Delaware Academy (Syracuse)
Natural Bridge SDA Church (Natural Bridge)
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Caring Pantry (Syracuse)
Endwell United Methodist Church (Endwell)
Catholic Charities of Oswego County
St. Michael’s Community Meal Program (Binghamton)
Gwen’s Food Pantry (LaFargeville)
Outer Comstock Neighborhood Association (Syracuse)
Jefferson Community College Food Pantry (Watertown)
Faith Lutheran Food Pantry (Cicero)


2019 Recipients



2018 Grant Recipients

Unity Acres

Southern Tier Antique Tractor Club (Binghamton / Southern Tier)

Rise above Poverty