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MCT Grant Recipients

4-H Camp Bristol Hills

Project: Healthy Cooking, Healthy Lifestyles
4-H Camp Bristol Hills is committed to bringing campers a program that focuses on wellness and positive body acceptance. MCT grant funding will support the Healthy Cooking, Healthy Lifestyles program that will provide nutrition education and teach kids how to prepare healthy snacks and meals. Instructors from the New York Wine & Culinary Center facilitate hands-on cooking experiences while educators from UR Medicine’s Thompson Health deliver healthy lifestyle information.

Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. Chapter 1

Project: Resocialization and Healthy Activities
Blue Star Mothers of America is a program that supports veterans and their families with reintegrating back into their communities without judgment or stigma. The MCT grant will help create the Victory Garden and provide additional food for weekly dinners. This project will provide and promote healthy food, but it will also provide a judgment-free support system, meaningful activity, and overall resocialization skills for veterans who have recently returned home from deployment.

Canandaigua Comfort Care Home, Inc. (Light Hill)

Project: 3B Scientific® Patient Care Manikin, I
Canandaigua Comfort Care Home provides a loving, compassionate and peaceful home for the terminally ill. MCT grant funding will allow for the purchase a life-like manikin to assist in the training of volunteers (and family members, if desired) who are providing care to residents. The teaching manikin allows volunteers the opportunity to practice and develop skills and become comfortable in performing personal care which will directly impact the resident’s overall health, well-being, and dignity.

Canandaigua Family YMCA

Project: Revitalization of the Community Healthy Eating / Learning Space
The community kitchen space at the YMCA is focused on teaching healthy food options and healthy eating habits to children of all ages. The space is in need of updates. MCT grant funding will help cover the costs for new flooring, a sink, and counter tops.

Child and Family Resources, Inc.

Project: Baby Café
Baby Café is a program in Canandaigua that is a resource to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. It is a relaxed and informal environment where mothers can meet other mothers, share breastfeeding experiences and receive help from trained staff and community volunteers. The cafe offers refreshments, comfortable seating, a play area for toddlers, and an open forum. MCT funding will cover refreshments, nursing supplies, breastfeeding materials, printing needs for outreach and marketing. In addition, the funding will contribute to a portion of the cost of the space. This project will help approximately 20 women overcome challenges with breastfeeding through support and guidance.

Gleaners Community Kitchen

Project: Youth Garden Project
The mission of Gleaners Community Kitchen is to feed the hungry within Ontario and Yates counties. The project will use its MCT funding for a Youth Garden that teaches youth how to garden - prepare the soil, plant seeds, weed, and harvest the crops. The funds will help purchase rain barrels, soil, seeds and plants, general gardening tools and supplies, consultants, and a celebration for the youth at the end of the project. The 30-35 youth involved will learn valuable job readiness skills and learn about ecology as well as how to grow and prepare their own food. They will develop an understanding of how the earth can provide abundance. Vegetables and herbs will be used in meal preparation for approximately 60 Gleaners’ clients.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Project: Let the Children Plant
Sonnenberg’s MCT grant will offer local middle school students an opportunity to participate in an outdoor field trip on the grounds of their 20-acre arboretum. Students will learn basic tree identification skills, see some very unique trees, and participate in a restoration planting project within the arboretum. The planting project will also teach the students proper planting techniques and the types of soil and compost to use.

The American Red Cross

Project:  Services to the Armed Forces Comfort Kits and Resource Guides
The Canandaigua office of the Red Cross strives to improve the emotional and physical well-being of local veterans. The MCT funding will provide Comfort Care Kits consisting of robes, slippers and toiletries to local veterans at the VA Medical Center. The kits will be assembled and distributed by Red Cross volunteers.

Finger Lakes Area Community Endowment – Budding Readers

Project: Kindergarten & UPK Books
Budding Readers’ mission is to educate, encourage and equip parents in Ontario County to read with their infants and young children as a natural part of their daily routine. MCT funds will help gift a new, age-appropriate book to each entering kindergarten and UPK child in the seven school districts FLACE serves. By doing so, they hope this will start each child’s school experience with a book that will be enjoyed and treasured by them and their families.

Naples Little Bunch

Project: Window Replacement and Kitchen Repair
Since 1975, Naples Little Bunch has operated as a parent co-operative preschool to offer our community a quality preschool curriculum with an emphasis on self-confidence, exploration, creativity and fun. To ensure a safe environment for the children, MCT funding will help cover some of the cost of replacing windows and repairing plumbing and water-damaged cabinets in the kitchen area.

Partnership for Ontario County

Project: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training
The mission of the Partnership for Ontario County is to create, support and administer alliances to cultivate positive social change. MCT funding will teach adult first aid responders to recognize mental health symptoms and how to guide the individual to seek professional help. The goal is to train adult populations who work with youth to become certified as Mental Health First Aid Responders.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Project:  Educational Community Vegetable Garden
Sonnenberg’s Educational Community Vegetable Garden is designed to help children and young adults understand how to grow a vegetable garden. The MCT support will assist in providing wheelchair-accessible gardening work stations and interactive games.

Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes

Project:  Domestic Violence Community Awareness and Panel Discussion
The mission of FCS is to provide professional counseling and supportive services to individuals, children and families to improve the quality of life at home and in the community. Domestic violence is a significant problem in our area and MCT funding will be used to increase the community’s awareness of domestic violence and bridge resources impacting those in immediate need. FCS will host a community event that will include an educational video followed by a panel discussion to start the conversation about domestic violence.

NYSARC, Inc. Ontario County Chapter

Project: 2015 Aging Symposium - The End of Life Journey
Ontario ARC is hosting a one-day Aging Symposium to review the components involved in advanced care directives for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Experts in the area of guardianship, advanced care planning and mental hygiene legal services will present information on how best to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the end-of-life process. MCT will help cover the cost of this important community event.

The Salvation Army

Project:  Ga-ga Pit
The Canandaigua Corps will use MCT grant funding to install a Ga-ga pit. Ga-ga ("touch-touch" in Hebrew), is a variant of dodge ball that is played with one ball. The game can be played by a group as well as in one-on-one matches. The project encourages outdoor activity for youth in the community, thereby helping with physical health, social interaction and sportsmanship, which will benefit those youth not only today, but for a lifetime.

Thompson Health

Project:  Community Supported Agriculture program
Thompson’s on-site Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program is available to all employees, but the cost is prohibitive to many. MCT grant funding will provide access to healthy produce up to 20 associates in financial need at reduced or at no cost.

Canandaigua Comfort Care, Inc.

Project:  ErgoNurse
The Canandaigua Comfort Care is a local hospice home that provides compassion and support to individuals dealing with a terminal illness and their families. This MCT grant will help purchase an ErgoNurse repositioning system. This piece of equipment will improve the health, well-being and the quality of life of residents, their guests and volunteers during end-of-life care.

Canandaigua Family YMCA

Project:  AED Acquisition
The MCT grant funding will purchase an automated external defibrillator (AED) that will be located directly in the Wellness Center for immediate access to members using cardio, free weights, and circuit equipment.

Canandaigua Police Department

Project: Purchasing AED
The Canandaigua Police Department currently is equipped with automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in each patrol car and since the inception of the Public Access Defibrillation Program, they have responded to over 1,300 requests to respond to cardiac incidents. Four of these AEDs are outdated and need to be replaced. MCT grant funding will help cover the cost to replace these AEDs.

Support Group for Parkinson’s Disease

Project:  General Support of Operations
MCT funding will support the cost of 10 monthly group meetings that will include guest speakers, an annual picnic and a holiday luncheon for approximately 100 members. This group helps those with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers deal with this chronic and progressive illness, and provides opportunities to meet others with the disease and share ideas.

The Ontario County Sheriff’s Office

Project: Project Lifesaver
Project Lifesaver is a law enforcement-based tracking program that assists in locating those who are prone to wander, such as dementia patients or those with intellectual disabilities like autism. MCT grant funding will assist with purchasing a receiver that is placed in a general location and transmitter bracelets that at-risk clients will wear. If the client is missing, the bracelet will emit a signal to the receiver that will help police locate the individual. The Project Lifesaver program decreases the search time for those who have wandered from hours or days to just minutes.

Partnership for Ontario County

Project:  Believe Collaborative Conference
MCT funding will help fund the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes, Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes, Safe Harbors of the Finger Lakes, and the Ontario County Victim/Witness Assistance Program, all part of the Partnership for Ontario County, to create an educational conference for professionals and community members. The conference will provide pertinent, applicable and current information and education regarding child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault to professionals and community members.

The Salvation Army

Project:  Summer Day Camp
The Ontario County branch of the Salvation Army offers a five-week Summer Day Camp for approximately 45 underprivileged children ages 5-12 in need of daytime supervision. The program offers day-long supervision, activities and healthy meals and snacks. The Salvation Army will use its MCT grant funds to help subsidize registration fees, and to provide activities for the participants.

Bridges for Brain Injury

Project:  Remineers
Bridges for Brain Injury (BBI) is a Canandaigua-based not-for-profit that provides in-home and community-based services for brain injury survivors. Mary Clark Thompson Grant funding will purchase start-up supplies for Remineers, a program that encourages and stimulates the mind to access past memories.

Thompson Health

Project:  Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program
Thompson’s on-site CSA program is available to all employees, but the cost is prohibitive to many. To increase the access to healthy local produce, MCT grant support will offer 10 free or up to 20 partial shares to employees. Financial need will be based on an application process.

Canandaigua Comfort Care, Inc.

Project:  Canandaigua Comfort Care Home
Canandaigua Comfort Care will provide a loving, compassionate peaceful home for the terminally ill at no charge to approximately 30 Ontario County families per year. CCC will use its MCT funding for miscellaneous expenses to ensure ongoing operation.

Town of Richmond

Project:  Richmond Recreation – Boys and Girls 5th-8th grade Basketball Program
Richmond Recreation coordinates a boys and girls basketball program each year from October through March. In the last six years, the program has grown from a 5th and 6th grade boys program to a 5th-8th grade program for both boys and girls. MCT grant funding will replace the program’s five-year-old uniforms.

Red Jacket Community Library

Project:  Healthy Minds and Bodies for a Strong Community
The Red Jacket Community Library and the Canandaigua Family YMCA teamed up to provide approximately 6,000 residents of the Manchester/Shortsville School District with access to a fitness park and access to a variety of educational programs to promote a healthy lifestyle. The MCT grant will purchase library materials and a piece of fitness park equipment.

Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service

Project:  Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service Angels
Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Services provides assistive devices such as wheelchairs, canes, commodes, and financial assistance to individuals who have unmet health-related needs in Ontario, Yates, Wayne and Seneca counties. The FLVNS Angels will use MCT funds to provide approximately 50 individuals with assistive items that are not covered by insurance as well as transportation costs.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Project:  Children’s Vegetable Garden
Sonnenberg will use its MCT grant to expand its educational efforts by adding a container gardening program to teach children about herbs and vegetables. Participants learn proper planting and harvesting techniques, and how gardening can contribute to an active and healthy lifestyle. The fresh vegetables and herbs grown will then be donated to Gleaners Community Kitchen.

Canandaigua City School District

Project:  Cinder for the Outdoor Fitness Trail
The Canandaigua City School District has installed a fitness trail with fitness stations at the Canandaigua Middle School to promote fitness throughout the school community (students, faculty, and staff). MCT grant funding will allow CSD to install a concrete sand trail, which will extend the use of the trail during the spring and fall.

Canandaigua Lions Club

Project:  Early Childhood Vision Screening Program
Canandaigua Lions Club provides free vision screening using borrowed equipment to Canandaigua and Naples area schools, YMCA, Head Start agencies and various pre-school day care centers. MCT grant funding will allow the club to reach other private schools, home school programs, and church groups as well as be at other community events. The club will also be able to purchase a three-year-old PlusOptix Vision Screener and operating supplies.

Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes

Project:  Recovery Event The Council on Alcoholism is an alcohol and drug abuse prevention agency serving the five-county region of the central Finger Lakes. They strive to reduce abuse and addiction and its accompanying issues and problems. MCT grant funding will assist in covering the costs of a special event, “Pass It On,” to support recovery efforts for local families. The event features a live stage performance designed to educate people about the history of recovery as well as appreciate and celebrate recovery in local communities.

Ontario-Yates Hospice

Project: Bereavement Support
The Ontario-Yates Hospice, a program for terminally ill patients, established a bereavement program to provide peace and support to families following a loss at two weeks, one month, three months, six months, nine months and one year – as well as monthly bereavement support group. MCT funding supports the purchase of books and provides general support of the bereavement program.

Partnership for Ontario County, Inc.

Project: Child Advocacy Center Forensic Interviewer
Partnership for Ontario County is an agency that creates and cultivates positive social change through many different community programs. MCT grant funding will help provide an on-site forensic interviewer at a centralized location for professionals involved with child abuse victims and investigations. This will combine resources and efforts to reduce the trauma for a victim and provide the most thorough and comprehensive investigation possible.

Sonnenberg Gardens& Mansion Historic State Park

Project: Children’s Educational Vegetable Garden
Sonnenberg will use MCT grant funding to update the Children’s Garden to include new raised beds for growing a larger variety of vegetables. From May through September, the children involved will learn proper planting and harvesting techniques and also learn about healthy eating and how gardening can contribute to an active and healthy lifestyle. The fresh vegetables and herbs grown will be donated to Gleaners Community Kitchen. Finger Lakes Community College students will lead the young gardeners in the project – increasing awareness of healthy food options, composting methods and gardening techniques.

St. Vincent DePaul Society

Project: Care Packages for the Homeless
St. Vincent DePaul, an agency that focuses on struggling families and individuals, will use its MCT support to create 30 care packages for the homeless. The packages will contain hygiene and nutritional products along with a food voucher. The packages will be distributed by the volunteers in the society’s Clothing Room Operation.

Gleaners Community Kitchen

Project: Gleaners Growing 2
Gleaners Community Kitchen, a community food kitchen, plans to offer a program in food preparation and preservation that will help participants understand the nutritional and monetary value of fresh produce. The goal of the program is to help clients out of poverty through acquisition of new tools and skills, increase self-esteem and communication skills, learn how to cook healthy meals, and reduce obesity and other health issues related to poor nutrition.

MCT Grant Application

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Mary Clark Thompson
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Application deadlines: 

  • April 1
  • October 1


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