Grant Opportunities

Applicants must serve Tompkins County and provide services for a charitable purpose to residents of Tompkins County unless otherwise noted. Applicants must also be a not-for-profit organization 501(c)3, (EIN number must be provided), or have a fiscal sponsor (supported by a written agreement).

Community Foundation offers 4 grant cycles. Scroll down for details on each cycle:
1) Library Grant Cycle (Eligible applicants are the 33 libraries within the Finger Lakes Library System)
2) Spring Grant Cycle
3) Fall Grant Cycle (A two year grant cycle serving Tompkins County residents)
4) Women’s Fund Grant Cycle (Serving Women in Tompkins County)

If your request does not fit with an existing grant cycle priority, consider submitting an Out of Cycle Request, which are shared with fund advisors twice annually in May and October. Requests that meet the guidelines of any of our four grant cycles will not be considered in the Out of Cycle process. Applications which have been submitted in any of our four regular grant cycles are NOT eligible to be reconsidered in the Out of Cycle process. All applications/requests must be submitted through CommunityForce, our online grant management platform.

Each grant request will be shared with our many fund advisors who wish to see them.

Each grant cycle application is reviewed by a community represented review team that will provide feedback for the applicant. All grant cycle grants will require a written report at the end of the grant period. For each grant, Community Foundation will provide specific attribution language by fund, not by cycle.

2017 Library Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: Deadline has now passed, applications have been reviewed and all applicants have been notified of funding decisions.

Grant Range: $200-$16,000

Library Grant Cycle applications and reports must be received through CommunityForce, an online grant management platform.

This grant cycle was inspired by the Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund which seeks to promote genuine intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of reading and learning, by promoting greater and easier access by youth to local libraries. Eligible applicants are the 33 public libraries in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins counties, the 5 counties of the Finger Lakes Library System.

2017 Spring Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: Deadline has now passed, applications are being reviewed.

Grants Range: $1,000 to $5,000

Spring Grant Cycle applications and must be received through CommunityForce, an online grant management platform.

Spring Grant Cycle applications and reports must be submitted through CommunityForce, our online grant management platform.

The Spring Grant Cycle makes grants from the Howland Foundation (assets held at M & T Bank) and the Community Foundation’s donor advised and field of interest funds to support grants in the following areas:

• AGING (serving Tompkins County only)

• YOUTH (Serving Tompkins County only)

• ANIMAL WELFARE (Serving Tompkins and/or Broome County)

• ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION (Serving Tompkins and/or Broome County)

2016 Spring Grant Cycle Grantees and Programs

Lists of previous Spring Grant Cycle grantees are provided below as examples of the range of organizations and types of programs supported in the past. 

 

2017 Out of Cycle Requests

Application Deadline: May 17, 2017 and October 18, 2017

Grant Range: Minimum $200

Most grants made are under $5,000

Out of Cycle Request (formerly Letter of Inquiry process) Submit request through CommunityForce.

Out of Cycle requests are shared with fund advisors as a philanthropic service to our donors. Applicants will only be notified if there is a positive decision from an advisor to make a grant. 

CommunityForce Online Grant Application Instructions

May 2016 Letter of Inquiry Grantees

Out of Cycle Requests are shared with our fund advisors. This is a way for our fund advisors to learn more about the needs in our community beyond what they learn from the applications in our four grant cycles. These requests do not get reviewed by a community represented review team. A summary is shared with our fund advisors and you will be contacted should a donor be interested in additional information. You will be notified only if a fund advisor chooses to make a grant to support all or a portion of your request.

Note: Applications which have been submitted for any of our four regular grant cycles are NOT eligible to be reconsidered for the Out of Cycle Request process. Our fund advisors have a broad range of interests and we cannot predict whether or not your request will have a philanthropic match with any of our fund advisors’ interests.

 

 

 

2017 Women’s Fund Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: September 6, 2017 (note the move of this cycle from winter to fall)

Grant Range: $500-$3,500

Women’s Fund Grant Cycle applications and reports must be received through CommunityForce, an online grant management platform. 

The Women’s Fund promotes educational, economic, and social equality by enabling women to achieve economic self-sufficiency, and by helping to provide the necessary resources for women’s health and basic needs. 

2015 Women’s Fund Grantees

2016 Women’s Fund Grantees

GUIDELINES

2017 Fall Grant Cycle: Thriving Through Collective Impact

Application Deadline: October 11, 2017

Grant Range: Minimum $15,000 ($7,500 per year for two years) to Maximum $40,000 ($20,000 per year for two years)

2017 Fall Grant Cycle: Thriving Through Collective Impact is a two-year grant cycle to continue and to expand local collective impact initiatives. This grant cycle maintains Community Foundation’s commitment to foster collaborative and strategic approaches to improve the quality of life for all in Tompkins County.

Eligible applicants are a nonprofit or government that is a stakeholder in at least one of the following collective impact initiatives:

• Cradle to Career

• Nutrition Security

• Community Re-Entry after Incarceration

2017 Fall Grant Cycle application will be available online on CommunityForce by August 24, 2017.

All are welcome to attend a community information session on August 31, 2017 (location TBD) to learn more.

Fall Grant Cycle applications and reports must be received through CommunityForce, our online grant management platform.

Interim Reports from our 2015 Fall Grant Cycle, Collecitve Impact: Building Relationships, Building Our Future

First Year (Interim) Report Back Presentations

2015 Fall Grant Cycle Final Report is due by 5pm on December 13, 2017.

2017 Community Foundation Grants and Requests Cycle Calendar

Application Deadline: In 2017 there will be 4 grant cycles and 2 Out of Cycle Request processes. All submissions must be made online through CommunityForce.

Applications and reports must be received through CommunityForce, an online grant management.

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