The Northern New York Community Foundation board of directors Tuesday approved a $200,000 lead gift in support of the Watertown Urban Missions capital campaign. The Missions first ever capital campaign, which will be in excess of $1.5 million, will make possible important facility repairs and upgrades as well as implement critical strategies for long-term sustainability.
The Mission serves so many through such diverse programs. They provide many of the services that align closely with the Community Foundations core values. It is truly a valuable community resource, touching so many facets of community need, said Rande S. Richardson, Community Foundation executive director. Other grants approved:
■ North Country Arts Council $25,000 toward the groups Screen on the Square project to provide a multipurpose venue for films, lectures, recitals and other presentations. This was made possible, in part, through the Herring College Memorial Trust.
■ Orchestra of Northern New York $15,000 to fund a minimum of four concerts as part of its 2012-13 Watertown season. This was made possible by the Foundations Orchestral Fund.
■ Jefferson Community College Foundation $10,000 toward a funding partnership to conduct a feasibility study for a proposed multipurpose facility.
■ Victims Assistance Center of Jefferson County $10,000 toward the construction of a new residential shelter.
■ Watertown American Little League $7,000 matching grant for upgrades and improvements to their facilities.