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 Grants

Building Men

$11,200 for summer enrichment programs for youth

Cayuga Habitat for Humanity

$27,226 to support a part-time Construction Supervisor

CNY Diaper Bank

$10,000 to assist in purchasing diapers

Center for Community Alternatives

$15,000 to support CCA’s work with the SCSD

Chadwick Residence

$10,000 in support of the transitional housing program

Children's Consortium

$20,000 for the Circle of Security Parent Support Program

Friends of the Central Library

$5,000 in support of the Rosamond Gifford Author Series

Greater Syracuse Land Bank

$25,000 in support of a schematic design study for the Castle Project

Housing Visions

$40,000 toward salary of a Case Manager

North Side Learning Center

$30,000 for boiler replacement

On Point for College

$30,000 to continue to support college enrollment

Upstate Minority Economic Alliance

$40,000 to support the Executive Director position