Community Foundation’s Sawyer Community Fund
Accepting Grant Proposals for 2023 Support
Published: March 23, 2023 at
By: Press Release from NNY Community Foundation
Kenneth V. and Jeannette Remp
Sawyer Community Fund Accepting Grant Proposals for 2023 Support
Up to $60,000 Available for Nonprofits Serving Three
<![if !vml]><![endif]>WATERTOWN — Nonprofit
organizations that serve Boonville, Constableville,
and Westernville residents should apply by Friday,
April 21, for 2023 grant support through the Kenneth V. and
Jeannette Remp Sawyer Community Fund at the
Northern New York Community Foundation.
The fund was
established in 2018 to support programs, projects and initiatives that
broadly impact the quality of life in the three communities. The Northern
New York Community Foundation administers this permanent, charitable legacy
fund that makes annual grant awards. This year, up to $60,000 in grant funding
In 2022, 15
projects and organizations were awarded grant funding totaling more than
$52,000. Across the three communities, many endeavors were supported by
these grants: arts and culture, children and families, community
development, historic preservation, recreation and more. This range of
impact that enhances the quality of life for all citizens makes the Sawyer
family’s gift to the community meaningful and enduring.
“What Mr. and
Mrs. Sawyer created is a thoughtful approach to perpetuate their giving to
three communities that mattered most to them,” said Max DelSignore,
Northern New York Community Foundation assistant director. “Their pride for
community is embedded in the grantmaking accomplished through their legacy
fund and the meaningful impact it will make for years to come.”
organizations are reminded to apply for funding from the Kenneth V. and
Jeannette Remp Sawyer Community Fund through the
Community Foundation’s online Grant Lifecycle Manager (GLM) system at bit.ly/grant-portal.
nonprofits with an active GLM account may simply click the “Apply” button
in the top left corner of the user dashboard and scroll to find the Sawyer
Community Fund application to begin.
applying for the first time should create a single user account for the
organization. The portal features a simple interface that guides users
through step-by-step instructions on how to sign up and apply. Resources
are available on the Foundation’s website, nnycf.org/grants, and on the GLM
login page to learn more about the process.
To be eligible
for Community Foundation grants, nonprofits must be classified as a
501(c)(3) organization by the IRS. Other entities may be eligible depending
on the request. Additional grant opportunities through the Community
Foundation will become available on the GLM platform in the coming months.
Contact Kraig Everard, Community Foundation director of stewardship
and programs, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 315-782-7110, with
questions about the GLM system.
Timeline to apply
The deadline to
submit a proposal for consideration is 5 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2023.
Grant awards will be announced following the Community Foundation’s
quarterly board meeting in June. Contact Max DelSignore,
Community Foundation assistant director, email@example.com, or 315-782-7110,
for grant guidelines or to learn more about this funding opportunity.
About Kenneth V.
and Jeannette Remp Sawyer
Mr. and Mrs.
Sawyer participated in many community events and activities through the
years and served on local boards and committees. Mr. Sawyer was a Boonville
native, served in the United States Army, and enjoyed a career at Layng Furniture Company and as a supervisor at
Boonville’s Erwin Park. Most notably, he was a talented musician. He played
tenor saxophone in his high school band and clarinet with the Boonville Village
Band. He frequently played with three separate drum and bugle corps in
Boonville and Rome.
Mr. Sawyer passed
away in 2008. Mrs. Sawyer completed a successful career of more than 45
years at Rome Savings Bank and was an avid follower of the stock market.
She also served on the finance committee of Boonville United Methodist
Church. She assisted organizations such as the Daughters
of the American Revolution, Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center,
the Erwin Library, and the Boonville Cemetery. Mrs. Sawyer passed away in
In 2017, the
Kenneth V. Sawyer and Jeannette Remp Sawyer Scholarship
Fund was established through the Northern New York Community Foundation to
benefit Adirondack Central School graduates. The endowed fund will award
two scholarships each year forever, supporting the business and music
pursuits of high school graduates from the district.
Northern New York Community Foundation
Since 1929, the
Northern New York Community Foundation has invested in improving and
enriching the quality of life for all in communities across Jefferson,
Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties.
partnerships with businesses and organizations, charitable foundations, and
generous families and individual donors, the Community Foundation awards
grants and scholarships from an endowment and collection of funds that
benefit the region. Its commitment to donors helps individuals achieve
their charitable objectives now and for generations to come by preserving
and honoring legacies of community philanthropy while inspiring others.
Foundation is a resource for local charitable organizations, donors,
professional advisors and nonprofit organizations. It also works to bring
people together at its permanent home in the Northern New York Philanthropy
Center to discuss challenges our communities face and find creative
solutions that strengthen the region and make it a great place to live,
work, and play.