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In the News


“The Managing Partners of the Literacy Coalition of Madison County NY are pleased to introduce Dyann Nashton as the new Program Coordinator for LCMCNY.  Ms. Nashton received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Utica College of Syracuse University and has many years of experience in development and organizational leadership. Ms. Nashton is from Oneida, NY. She will begin her part-time duties on June 1st. We would, however, encourage you to come meet her in person at the full Coalition Meeting taking place on May 23rd. All parties interested in our mission of raising literacy levels in Madison County through shared efforts are invited to attend the meeting being held from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the Sullivan Free Library in Chittenango.  We look forward to Ms. Nashton becoming a new partner in raising literacy awareness and levels in Madison County.”

Literacy Coalition of Madison County Grant Opportunity

The Literacy Coalition of Madison County is excited to offer four mini grant opportunities of $2,500 each to tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations in Madison County. The goal of these grant opportunities are to fund innovative projects in the areas of literacy services that focus on any of the following areas: health literacy, fiscal literacy, workforce development, family literacy, and summer learning.

The following guidelines are designed to furnish you with the information necessary to apply for a Literacy Coalition of Madison County grant. Each proposal is evaluated on its potential value to literacy needs in Madison County; funding requested aligns with funds available for disbursement; and the quality of planning, leadership, collaboration, support, and vision expressed in the application.

Application Deadline: End of June                          

Decision Date:  End of July

LCMC Grant App Guidelines 5.21.18

LCMC Grant App 5.21.18


  • located in, or providing services to residents of Madison County
  • classified as nonprofit charitable organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code; or publicly supported organizations such as school districts and municipalities
  • member of the Literacy Coalition of Madison County
  • precedence will be given to collaborative efforts among coalition members

Programs seeking to apply through a fiscal sponsor, or seeking an exception to any of the above policies, should consult with a member of the Managing Partners prior to submission. 


  1. Literacy Service: Successful projects will provide literacy services that align with the mission of the Literacy Coalition of Madison County – Raising literacy levels in Madison County through shared efforts of our members.
  2. Community Impact: Successful projects will address community needs through programs and activities that demonstrate sustainable impacts and measurable outcomes.
  3. Community Building: Successful projects build community connections, especially among diverse groups, and build mutual trust and reciprocity in community relationships.


Grant applications are available by request. To receive an application please contact Dyann Nashton. Upon completion applications can be mailed to: Literacy Coalition of Madison County, Attn: Grant Application, 1081 Northside Shopping Center, Oneida, NY 13421 or email to: Dyann Nashton at indicate grant application in the subject line


Applicants will be officially notified of approval or declination by letter following the Coalition’s July Managing Partner meeting. We request that inquiries regarding the status of a grant application be made after that date.  Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the grant application process, contact Dyann Nashton at

MCRA is looking for volunteers. Check out the article in the Oneida Dispatch -Utica

Interested in our early childhood literacy initiative, the Dolly Parton Imagination Library?

Visit this link to the Dollywood Foundation. See our page that explains the program

And if you are interested in donating specifically to the Imagination Library initiative please go to the DONATE page. There are buttons for every community

Donors are honored on the Donor Honors page.


*We would like to give our appreciation for these donation pages provided by CNY Community Foundation*



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