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Mini-grants are made possible with support from Stanley Law. 

Thank you to the many organizations that submitted grant applications.

We are happy to announce that each of these area organizations will receive a $1,000 grant for their efforts to help people in need throughout Central New York:

  • Fulton Church of the Nazarene, Fulton

  • All Saints Episcopal Church, Fulton

  • First Presbyterian Church of Johnson City

  • Endwell United Methodist Church

  • Saint James Roman Catholic Church, Johnson City

  • Faith UMC/Hannibal Community Church

  • Central Square Essentials for Success, Inc.

  • Nyla Temple 238 Shriners, Watertown

  • Bellevue Heights United Methodist Church, Syracuse

  • Lowville Food Pantry

  • Gethsemane United Methodist Church, Syracuse

  • Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Utica

  • Vineyard Connects - Northside Food Pantry, Syracuse

  • St. Lucy's Food Pantry, Syracuse

  • Assumption Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen, Syracuse

  • Let Freedom Begin/World Upside Down International, Endicott

  • Village Ecumenical Ministries, Carthage

  • Vineyard Westcott Church, Syracuse

  • Blessing Bag Ministry, Newfield

  • Interfaith Community Co-op @University Ave, Syracuse

  • Emmanuel Congregational Church, Watertown

Should you apply?

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!

Currently, we are not accepting applications.

What we fund:

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!


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 not currently accepting applications for .



We accepted applications for 2022 Mini-Grants through Friday, January 21.


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

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

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


Recourse Center of Candor


Soup & Sandwich Saturday (Endwell)


Project Neighbor of Newark Valley


Deposit Food Pantry (Deposit)


Blessings in a Backpack (Liverpool Chapter)


Open Door Mission Outreach (Tioga)


Meals on Wheels of Western Broome (Binghamton)


2018 Grant Recipients

Unity Acres

Southern Tier Antique Tractor Club (Binghamton / Southern Tier)


Rise above Poverty


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