ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Community Foundation of Elmira gave more than $400,000 in grants during its annual awards ceremony Thursday evening.
"We're recognizing 58 non-profit organizations from Chemung and Southeastern Steuben County with a total of $430,000. So these dollars are directly going to benefit our residents, your neighbors right here in our community," says Sara Palmer, Director of Grants and Communications with Community Foundation.
Thursday's award ceremony is the culmination of the largest grant cycle hosted by the Community Foundation each fall. It's a competitive process with each application carefully reviewed by a panel which then offers recommendations to the board of directors.
"These organizations are arts organizations, and environment and human services and education and youth programs and so we fund a variety of non-profits," Palmer says.
One non-profit which received a $20,000 grant is the Kramer Foundation.
"Our biggest mission is that we take in dogs that would normally be euthanized in shelters and rescues for behavior problems and we rehabilitate them and re-home them, donating them to law enforcement, military, therapy dog homes. Some just go on to be wonderful pets!" says Juli Lathrop, President and Founder of the Kramer Foundation.
The Kramer Foundation also fosters dogs for soldiers who are deployed overseas, and returning veterans who are seeking treatment. Lathrop says the money will help those programs, along with medical bills, as well as a new big project.
"We have a building being built. It should come in any day day now - yay! I have permit in hand. And the money tonight will go actually towards the kennels themselves - the panels that make the outdoor-indoor kennels in the new building. It's huge for us, really huge," Lathrop says.
Among some of the other major grant recipients include Glove House, Chemung River Friends, and Elmira Downtown Development.