Organizations in Onondaga and Cayuga Counties that meet our stated mission of building a vibrant, equitable and prosperous community may submit a brief one-to-two-page summary of a proposed project or funding request.  These funding request summaries may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a rolling basis.

In general, the Allyn Family Foundation is open to requests that:

  • Support healthy development for children and families
  • Build family economic stability and self-sufficiency
  • Support places and spaces that bring people together with intention
  • Build neighborhoods of choice
  • Amplify community voice and power-building

The summary document must include:

  • a brief description of your organization
  • an overview of the project
  • how it addresses a community need
  • the project timeline
  • the overall budget and requested amount
  • anticipated outcomes

The one-to-two-page summary should be submitted via email to Amy Nye at

Funding from the Allyn Family Foundation typically ranges from $5,000 to $25,000.  Any additional questions may be directed to Amy Nye at the Allyn Family Foundation office by email at or by phone at 315-685-5059.

Previously Awarded opportunity fund Grants(2022)

Catholic Charities

$25,000 for refugee resettlement

Huntington Family Center

$4,284 for a new compressor, two window AC units, and blinds

Landmark Theatre

$40,000 for facility improvement funds


$22,000 for Small Business Facilitator's salary and benefits

Northside Learning Center

$30,000 for boiler replacement

OnPoint for College

$30,000 to support college enrollment, success, and completion

Redhouse Arts Center

$20,000 for general operating support

Salt City Harvest Farm

$6,000 for computers and software for incoming staff & apprentices


$15,000 in support of the Spark series

Previously Awarded cayuga county Grants(2022)

Auburn Public Theater

$75,000 for general operating support

Cayuga County Habitat for Humanity

$27,226 for a part-time Construction Supervisor

Cayuga Museum

$20,000 in support of West End Arts Campus

King Ferry Food Pantry

$5,000 for general operating support

Nick's Ride 4 Friends

$75,000 for general operating support

Schweinfurth Memorial Art

$75,000 in support of West End Arts Campus