Grant Opportunities

Grantees must either be an eligible organization, considered charitable by the IRS or have a fiscal sponsor.

First consider whether your request fits into any of the priorities of one of our four grant cycles; 1) Library Grant Cycle, 2) Spring Grant Cycle (aging, youth, animal welfare or the environment), 3) Fall Grant Cycle (priorities posted annually) and 4) Women’s Fund Grant Cycle.

Applications which have been submitted for any of our four regular grant cycles are NOT eligible to be reconsidered for the General Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process. If your request does not match with any grant cycle priority, consider applying through the General Letter of Inquiry process in May or October.

Every grant application or LOI will be shared with those of our donor advisors who wish to see applications.

For each applicant, we will provide qualitative and quantitative feedback. For each grant, we will provide specific attribution language by fund, not by cycle.

2017 Fall Grant Cycle, priorities to be announced in early 2017.

Application Deadline: September 14, 2017. 2015/2016 Fall Grant Cycle Final Report is due by 5pm on December 13, 2017.

Fall Grant Cycle applications and reports must be received through CommunityForce, an online grant application software.

*NEW* First Year (Interim) Report Back Presentations

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

2017 Women’s Fund Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: September 27, 2017

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

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 Community Foundation Grant Cycle Calendar

Application Deadline: In 2017 there will be 4 grant cycles and 2 general letter of inquiry processes. All submissions must be made online through CommunityForce.

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

2017 Library Grant Cycle from the Rosen Fund and from additional Community Foundation Funds

Application Deadline: January 17, 2017.

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

The Bernard Carl and Shirley Rosen Library Fund seeks to promote genuine intellectual curiosity and a lifelong love of reading and learning by encouraging youth to develop habits of regular library use. Eligible applicants are the 33 public libraries in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins counties, the 5 counties of the Finger Lakes Library System.

The Rosen Grants History provides examples of the libraries and programs that have been supported in the past. 

2017 Spring Grant Cycle from Howland Foundation and Community Foundation Funds

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017.

Spring Grant Cycle applications and must be received through CommunityForce, an online grant application software.

The Spring Grant Cycle makes grants from the Howland Foundation and the Community Foundation’s donor advised and field of interest funds to support grants in the areas of aging, youth, animal welfare, and environmental preservation in Tompkins County as well as animal welfare and environmental preservation only in Broome County.

Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

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 General Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

Application Deadline: May 17, 2017 or October 18, 2017. Initial responses to May LOIs will be in June and initial responses to October LOIs will be by the end of November.

Submit Letter of Inquiry through CommunityForce.

CommunityForce Online Grant Application Instructions

May 2016 Letter of Inquiry Grantees

Applications which have been submitted for any of our four regular grant cycles are NOT eligible to be reconsidered for the General Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process. If your request does not match with any grant cycle priority, consider applying through the General Letter of Inquiry process on either May 17, 2017 or October 18, 2017.

The majority of grants from the LOI process have historically been in the range of $1,000-$5,000 and only in very rare cases have grants of up to $10,000 been made.

 

 

quote Aldo Leopold

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.