The Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired has been awarded a $500,000 challenge grant from the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties

The grant is in support of CABVI's new state-of-the-art rehabilitation center that's under construction in Utica.

The Community Foundation will match all gifts made in support of the project dollar-for-dollar through December 31, 2018, allowing CABVI to double the grant.

“CABVI continues to advance opportunities for individuals who are blind or visually impaired in innovative ways that also promote economic development and neighborhood revitalization,” said Alicia Dicks, president and CEO of The Community Foundation. “Through the challenge grant, we hope to inspire community members to support the mission and vision of this great organization and the work they are doing to transform our community.”

The $500,000 award is the largest challenge grant in Community Foundation history.

The Community Foundation previously supported the project with $300,000 in grants for property acquisition and initial construction.

Jim Rondenelli, WIBX