Area nonprofits could benefit from a recently announced grant to the Central New York regional office of the Council of Community Services of New York State Inc., its coordinator said.

The local council, based at the State University College at Oneonta, received a $75,000 grant from the Scriven Foundation, said regional coordinator Andrew Marietta.

The money will help the council's mission of providing services including technical assistance, training and educational events to nonprofits in Otsego, Delaware and Chenango counties, he said. It will also allow the council to continue its mini-grant program to nonprofits in Otsego County, he said. This usually involves about 20 awards of about $1,000 each used for such things as management training and technical assistance, Marietta said.

A similar program is also offered in Delaware County through a partnership with United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties.

Among the groups that has received a mini-grant is the Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown.

Its president, Rebecca Weil, said that the funds enabled the group to undertake long-range and strategic planning it otherwise couldn't afford. The funds were used to hire a consultant who also worked with the library's board of trustees to see how both groups could work together over the next three to five years, she said.

The council has been active in New York for more than 80 years, according to a media release.

For more information on the Otsego County Mini-Grant Capacity Building Program, e-mail Mariettta at amarietta@ccsnys.org or call 436-3124.

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