MCT Grant Recipients


Project: General Support
Benincasa, a two-bed comfort home in the village of Mendon, received MCT funding to support the general operation of the home for the terminally ill.

Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association

Project: Canandaigua Lake Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring Program
This group received MCT funding to launch the Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Monitoring Program which will utilize local volunteer scientists to help monitor, test and report on Canandaigua Lake’s water quality. The goal of this program is to develop an effective, science-based water quality monitoring program and to provide the community with timely and accurate information.

Canandaigua Family YMCA

Project: CPR Mannequins with monitor acquisition
The Canandaigua YMCA received MCT funding to purchase four adult and two infant CPR mannequins with feedback devices. The YMCA’s goal is to increase the number of certified CPR providers in the Canandaigua area to decrease down time between cardiac arrest and CPR.

Child and Family Resources, Inc.

Project: Healthy Families Outreach: Community Baby Showers & Baby Cafés
Child and Family Resources provides free and voluntary, home-based parenting programs. MCT funding will assist with purchasing supplies for outreach events. These include the Community Baby Shower, which offers free access to resources like nutrition, family health, car seat safety, literacy and more; and the Baby Café, which offers healthy snacks, nutrition education, and an environment for moms to socialize.

Finger Lakes Community Health

Project: Increasing Prenatal Support/Education for Spanish-Speaking Moms
Collaborating with the Finger Lakes Breastfeeding Partnership, UR Medicine Thompson Health, Seneca County Public Health and Ontario County Public Health, the Finger Lakes Community Health organization will use the MCT grant to finance tuition for two Spanish-speaking individuals to become certified in Birth And Beginnings Education (BABE). This project will increase the number of Spanish-speaking birth educators in the Finger Lakes region, thus improving health outcomes for our rural communities.

Geneseo Parish Outreach Center, Inc.

Project: Substance Abuse/Mental Health Counseling Expansion
The Geneseo Parish Outreach Center is designing a six-month pilot program to address the growing substance abuse and mental health problems in the community. When financial need is demonstrated, MCT grant funds will help cover the cost of the provider fees for those who are underinsured/uninsured.

Huther Doyle

Project: HEAL-Healthy Eating And Learning
Huther Doyle, an addiction recovery service, received funding for cooking equipment for HEAL, the Health Eating And Learning program. The equipment will be used at a three-hour interactive seminar on healthy eating and the relationship between nutrition and recovery for individuals actively engaged and in the late stage of their substance abuse treatment.

Mercy Flight Central

Project: Training Project
Mercy Flight Central will use the MCT grant to help cover the cost of providing a training program for their medical crew which includes continuing education, maintaining certifications and licensing, and required quarterly skills testing.

NYSARC, Inc. Ontario County Chapter

Project: Therapy Dogs in Practice: A Training for Health Professionals
Ontario ARC runs a program called Pet Connections which uses trained therapy dogs to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. MCT funding will help cover the cost of facilitating “Lunch and Learn” sessions at area health-based facilities to train health professionals on the benefits of therapy dogs.

Parkinson Support Group of the Finger Lakes

Project: General Support of Operations
The Parkinson Support Group of the Finger Lakes received MCT grant funding for obtaining and training facilitators and introducing a Parkinson Speaker Forum.

The Partnership for Ontario County

Project: Community Support Center
The Community Support Center program within The Partnership for Ontario County assists families and individuals with mental health and/or substance abuse through therapy that builds on strengths of the individual. MCT funding will assist in providing evaluation and tools to measure desired outcomes.

The Partnership for Ontario County

Project: Substance Abuse & Mental Health Prevention Training
The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County, a program of The Partnership for Ontario County and the Suicide Prevention Coalition, will use its MCT grant to conduct two trainings on how adverse childhood experiences can increase substance misuse and abuse as well as mental health diagnoses. The trainings will be offered to coalition members, community partners and the general public.

Thrive to Survive Organization, Inc.

Project: General Support of Operations
Thrive to Survive supports adults with cancer emotionally and financially so they can focus on their recovery. MCT funds will help pay for care packages, emergency financial grants and a wellness program, as well as massage and acupuncture services for those affected by cancer.

Victor Farmington Food Cupboard

Project: Meet Me at the Market
The Meet Me at the Market program allows qualified families to purchase fresh and local produce at the Victor Farmers’ Market through a voucher system. The MCT grant will support the cost of the produce available through each voucher, as well as the vouchers themselves.

Zion Fellowship

Project: Free Smile Day
The Zion Fellowship is holding its annual Free Smile Day, during which dental professionals volunteer an entire day of free dental services. MCT support helps cover dental supplies and advertising as well as tent and chair rental for the event.

Zion Fellowship

Project: Supply A Smile Program
The Supply-A-Smile Program of Zion Fellowship partners with area dental professionals to provide free dental care for those in Ontario County who are unable to pay for dental services. MCT funding helps pay for dentures or partials to replace missing or extracted teeth.

Bridges for Brain Injury

Project: SADS Certification
Bridges for Brain Injury, a local not-for-profit that helps people with disabilities maximize their independence in the home and community, has applied to the New York State Office For the Aging to become an approved Social Adult Day Services provider. The new program mandates Bridges for Brain Injury have 2 AEDs and 6 door chimes (to prevent elopement) as well as additional specific training for staff (not requested to help cover). An MCT grant will help cover the cost of the new equipment..

Canandaigua Fire Department

Project:  First Alert Then Defend Project
The Canandaigua Fire Department received MCT grant funding to purchase 300 reliable smoke detectors for Canandaigua residents who need them to defend against the tragedy of a house fire.

Family Promise of Ontario Country, Inc.

Project:  Bridges for Hope
Family Promise of Ontario County Bridges for Hope Program assists homeless families' secure reliable housing and learn self-sufficiency. The Program received funding to help purchase air beds, blankets, mattress pads, pillows and sheets for homeless children and adults in need of sheltering.

Mercy Flight Central

Project: Training Project
Mercy Flight Central received MCT grant funding to help cover the cost of continuing education programs so medical personnel can maintain state and local certifications and licensing requirements.

The Partnership for Ontario County

Project:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Awareness
The Partnership for Ontario County received MCT funding to assist with expanding trainings and educational awareness by hosting four community trainings to engage residents on strategies for substance abuse, mental health and suicide prevention. MCT funding will help pay for space rental, training materials, advertising, and food for participants for the trainings.

Serenity House of Victor

Project:  Volunteer & Caregiver Training
NYSARC, Inc. Ontario County Chapter received funding for TAGteach, a revolutionary new way of teaching children who are on the autism spectrum. TAGteach breaks down tasks into smaller The Serenity House of Victor received MCT funding to support a training initiative with the objective of attracting, training and retaining volunteers. The program consists of three components: A training series for current volunteers; the purchase of training workbooks for current and future volunteers; and lastly, to purchase books, and pamphlets on bereavement for volunteers, residents and families to use.

Wood Library Association

Project:  Wood Library Wellness Collection
The Wood Library Association received MCT support to help establish material and equipment for 15 themed wellness kits. The kits will make it easy for people to try out and use a variety of fitness and wellness resources on their own time in the convenience of their home.

Zion Fellowship

Project:  Monthly Supply-A-Smile Program
The Supply-A-Smile Program of Zion Fellowship partners with area dental professionals to provide free dental care for those in Ontario County who are not insured/cannot afford it. The MCT funding will help pay for dentures or partials to replace missing or extracted teeth.

Zion Fellowship

Project:  Free Smile Day
The Zion Fellowship is holding its annual Free Smile Day in which dental professionals volunteer an entire day of free dental services. MCT support will help cover dental supplies, advertising, and tent and chair rental for the event.

4-H Camp Bristol Hills

Project:  Healthy Cooking, Healthy Lifestyles at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills
4-H Camp Bristol Hills received funding for the Healthy Cooking, Healthy Lifestyles program. The program provides modern nutrition education in an age-appropriate format. Campers learn how food choices impact both physical and mental health; as well as which nutrients and types of foods are harmful in large amounts versus healthful. The campers learn the differences between whole and processed foods through participating in two interactive learning activities. With direct guidance from a professional chef, campers will explore the range of healthy cooking skills from menu planning, food safety, food preparation, and presentation.

Bristol Volunteer Fire Department

Project:  Renovation/Remodeling of Training/Meeting Room
The Bristol Volunteer Fire Department will use MCT grant funding to renovate/remodel their training/meeting room. The room is used when the Fire Department is on stand-by, for county-wide EMT and CFR classes, by 4-H, Boy Scout groups, Bristol Harmony Circle and occasionally the Town Board. In the event of a community-wide emergency, Station One is also used as command central.

Canandaigua Comfort Care Home, Inc.

Project:  Replacement of Refrigerator
Canandaigua Comfort Care received funding to replace their refrigerator.

Family Counseling Service of the Finger Lakes, Inc.

Project: LGBTQ Support and Resource Center
Family Counseling of the Finger Lakes received funding to help furnish a new Support and Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and adults in our community. The ultimate goal is to provide a warm, relaxed, welcoming and safe space for individuals and families, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression; and to promote a more inclusive community by educating, advocating, and celebrating the region’s LGBTQ community.

Geneseo Parish Outreach Center

Project:  Oral Health Initiative
The Oral Health Initiative received funding to improve the oral health of the Parish Outreach Center’s clients. Few, if any, of the clients have dental insurance and most cannot afford routine dental care. Funding will be used for oral exams, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, and other dental services which are offered at a discount by partnering dental professionals. Clients are asked to donate back 50% of the funding they received, when and if they are able, to help future clients. No one is ever turned away.

NYSARC, Inc. Ontario County Chapter

Project:  TAGteach Advanced Workshop
NYSARC, Inc. Ontario County Chapter received funding for TAGteach, a revolutionary new way of teaching children who are on the autism spectrum. TAGteach breaks down tasks into smaller pieces making it easier for the learner to achieve desired results. MCT grant funding will support a two-day workshop to the area is to give parents, school personnel, clinicians, trainers, coaches, and behavioral therapists the opportunity to learn how to implement TAGteach and learn its benefits.

Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion State Historic Park

Project:  Children’s Community Garden
The MCT grant will help Sonnenberg acquire vegetable seeds, plant material, and fertilizer for the Children’s Community Garden. All the food grown in the garden is donated to Gleaners Community Kitchen, a local food kitchen, to meet the 90 meals per day provided to those in need in our community. In the garden’s first two seasons, over 2400 pounds of fresh produce has been shared.

The Partnership for Ontario County

Project:  General Support of Operations
The Ontario County Youth Court, a program administered by The Partnership for Ontario County, Inc., will use the MCT grant award to collaborate, establish and enhance a partnership with a local counseling service agency. This partnership will serve first-time youthful offenders with solution-focused brief therapy counseling.

Thrive to Survive Organization, Inc.

Project:  Thrive to Survive Program
MCT grant funding will be used to enhance support groups for adults diagnosed and being treated for cancer who are living in Geneva, Waterloo, Seneca Falls, Clifton Springs, Phelps, Dundee, and Penn Yan.

UR Medicine Home Care

Project:  UR Medicine Home Care
UR Medicine Home Care received MCT funding for an evening education program aimed specifically at the adult children, spouses and partners, or friends, who have taken on, or anticipate taking on, a caregiver’s role for a person who may need palliative or hospice care.

Zion Fellowship Church

Project: Free Smile Day
Free Smile Day is a one-day event where area dental professionals provide free dental care to anyone who lives in Ontario County and cannot afford it on their own. More than 14 dentists, 25 hygienists and over 100 community members will volunteer their time. MCT funding helps cover the costs associated with the event.

Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park

Project: Children's Community Garden - Therapeutic Work Bench
The Children’s Community Garden at Sonnenberg was built in 2014 and is a wheelchair accessible area. Sonnenberg encourages integration and hosts students, ARC life skills students, as well as anyone in the general community with mobility challenges. However, the Children’s Community Garden is not wheelchair accessible for potting, retrieving water or harvesting plants. With MCT funding, the Garden will build three therapeutic work benches to serve all populations who wish to participate.

The Partnership for Ontario County

Project: My Outcomes Counseling Initiative
Partnership for Ontario County runs four Family Support Centers that provides counseling to youth and families within four Ontario County School districts. MCT grant funding will help purchase four subscriptions and one training package for the My Outcomes Application, a web-based program that tracks desired outcomes and goals of the individual and/or families who receive counseling. This tool will streamline the data collection as well as allow more time in counseling for the individual/family.

Canandaigua Emergency Squad

Project: Community CPR
Canandaigua Emergency Squad (CES) will offer more Heart Saver CPR classes to Canandaigua area residents with MCT grant funding. CES’s goal is to educate and certify as many people in the greater Canandaigua area in CPR as possible to increase the potential for lives to be saved.

Zion Fellowship Church

Project: Supply A Smile
Supply A Smile is a community outreach program offering free dental care for those without access to dental insurance. Supply A Smile partners with local dentist and hygienists who donate their time. With MCT grant funding, the program will purchase dentures, partials, crowns and other supplies for those with missing or extracted teeth.

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.

MCT Grant Application

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Mary Clark Thompson
Grant Application

Application deadline: 

  • April 15

Mary Clark Thompson Grant Recipient Final Report
to be submitted within 6 months of receiving funding

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