Foundation awards nearly $20,000 in community grants

The F.F. Thompson Foundation is awarding 16 area nonprofit organizations with Mary Clark Thompson Grants ranging from $300 to $2,500.

The foundation is the philanthropic arm of UR Medicine Thompson Health. Each year, its grants committee reviews applications from not-for-profit organizations offering programs that improve the health and wellness of the community within the Thompson service area. This year, the grants totaled almost $20,000 in funding.

This year’s recipients are as follows:

• Arthritis Foundation of New York, for its Western New York Juvenile Arthritis Family Day;

• Benincasa, for general operations at the two-bed home for the terminally ill;

• Bridges for Brain Injury, for kitchen sanitation equipment

• Canandaigua Emergency Squad, for its community safety and education program;

• Canandaigua Kiwanis Foundation, for its Inclusion in Motion playground;

• Child & Family Resources, Inc. for its Healthy Families Healthy Eating Project;

• Clifton Springs Library, for its Community Garden

• Community Reading Partnership, for its Healthy Families Start with Books initiative; 

• Family Promise of Ontario County, Inc., for its Bridges for Hope program;

• Geneseo Parish Outreach Center, for diabetic medication and dental services support;

Happiness House, for an outpatient clinic sit-to-stand aid

• Ontario ARC, to purchase clear masks for hearing-impaired individuals;

• Partnership for Ontario County, for prevention education fliers;

• Pathway Home of the Finger Lakes, to purchase a motorized Hoyer lift;

• Serenity House of Victor, Inc., for facility repairs on the home for people receiving end-of-life care and their families;

• Sonnenberg Gardens, Inc., for utility garden supplies.

Local philanthropist Mary Clark Thompson founded F.F. Thompson Hospital in 1904, in memory of her husband, Frederick Ferris Thompson. Her spirit of community-minded philanthropy was the motivation behind the creation of the community health grants. 

To review the guidelines for applications – which are due each spring – visit