Project Title

Dunbar Virtual Programming

Grant Amount


Priority Area


Date Awarded

November 19, 2020


Central NY


In Progress



The global coronavirus has brought uncertainty and anxiety into people’s lives, workplaces, and neighborhoods, particularly for those who work to improve the health of our communities.

During this difficult time, many organizations across New York State are working tirelessly to keep people safe, especially the most vulnerable. In response, NYSHealth is supporting statewide and local efforts to address emerging health care and public health needs in the wake of the pandemic. In 2020, NYSHealth awarded the Dunbar Association a grant to connect low-income residents in Syracuse with healthy meals and social service supports during the pandemic.

Under this grant, the Dunbar Association will provide healthy food access and opportunities for virtual support, learning, skill building, and socialization for youth, seniors, and families. Grab-and-go meals will be made available for youth, and healthy meals will be delivered to seniors. Dunbar Association will offer academic support and enrichment opportunities to students, including homework help, tutoring, and college and career readiness assistance. It will run socialization activities for seniors, including virtual exercise classes and healthy meal demonstrations, a book club, spiritual development, and group counseling. Residents will be provided with Chromebooks and connected to Zoom so they can access online programming.

View a complete list of COVID-19 response and relief efforts grantees.