Grant Opportunities

The Community Foundation makes grants as investments in our community with the expectation of results to achieve specific outcomes which solve problems.

Grantees must either be an eligible organization, considered charitable by the IRS or have a fiscal sponsor. Eligible organizations are typically nonprofit agencies incorporated as 501c3 organizations, municipalities, school districts or faith communities. Fiscal sponsors take on the financial and legal responsibilities of receiving a grant on behalf of a group not otherwise eligible.

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

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 15 or October 15.

Every grant application or LOI will receive email confirmation of our receipt of your submission within 72 hours of the deadline.

For each grant, the Community Foundation will provide specific attribution language by fund, not by cycle.

2015 General Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

Application Deadline: Twice each year by email only to info@cftompkins.org by 5pm on May 15 or October 15. The second round letters received by October 15, 2014 are currently being reviewed and each applicant will be notified of any funding recommendations or other advice by late Fall/early Winter 2014.

Submit Letter of Inquiry to: info@cftompkins.org. First consider whether your request fits into any of the priorities of one of our four grant cycles; 1) Women’s Fund Grant Cycle, 2) Library Grant Cycle, 3) Spring Grant Cycle (aging, youth, animal welfare or the environment) and 4) Fall Grant Cycle (priorities posted annually). 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 15 or October 15. 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. Limit your LOI to one concept or one project. You may submit additional LOIs for additional concepts up to four LOIs from any one organization for each deadline. In general, Community Foundation staff will NOT be able to meet with a prospective applicant before a letter is submitted. Letters are accepted twice every year and must be received by email by 5pm on May 15th or October 15th.

Process

  • A first step for seeking support from outside our four annual grant cycles (Women’s Fund, Library, Spring and Fall) is to submit a general letter of inquiry. This letter should be emailed by 12pm on May 15 or October 15 to info@cftompkins.org 
  • This will be reviewed by our Program Officer and our Community Impact Committee.
  • Next steps may include a request for more information, a notice of funding awarded, an indication that donor advisors are considering the grant request, a referral to one of the four specific Community Foundation’s annual grant cycles, or a message that the Community Foundation is not currently able to fund the grant request.
  • Community Foundation may also refer the applicant to other funders or may provide constructive feedback on other ways to achieve the grant seeker’s goals.
  • Please include a two sentence summary of your request.
  • Please include the date by which you require funding.
  • Every letter of inquiry should be limited to a 3 page maximum and include the intended results or outcomes of the project, the demonstrated need for the project, the grant amount sought and a clear plan for evaluating the results of the project.
  • Each letter of inquiry will receive a formal response.
  • Before a final decision foundation staff may occasionally provide feedback on ideas for funding and may seek an appointment to have a conversation about the project, but only after a letter of inquiry has been received.

2 Year Grants, Magnified Results, the Fall 2013 & 2014 Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: This cycle is now closed and all 2013 grants have been awarded. There will not be a new Fall 2014 grant cycle. 2013 grantees will receive a second year grant in 2014 contingent on their interim reports. Reports are due by email to info@cftompkins.org no later than September 18, 2014 for interim reports and no later than December 31, 2015 for final reports.

The Community Foundation of Tompkins County offered a two year (payout in 2013 and 2014) Grant Cycle to assist community organizations in achieving increased effectiveness. This grant cycle continues the Community Foundation’s commitment to respond to what was learned during the “Listening and Learning” sessions carried out throughout Tompkins County in 2013.

Grants were sought to support the following initiatives:

1. Support for a program or project with demonstrable outcomes.

2. Capacity Building (i.e. planning activities, board/staff development, software purchases and training, mergers and collaborations)

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2015 Fall Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: Priorities for the 2015 Fall Grant Cycle will be announced in June 2015

2015 Spring Grant Cycle from Howland Foundation and Community Foundation Funds

Application Deadline: 5pm on March 25, 2015. Make all applications by email only to info@cftompkins.org.. Reports for 2014 grants are due by email to info@cftompkins.org no later than February 19, 2015.

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.

Submit applications by email only to info@cftompkins.org

We offer the opportunity to have our staff review a completed draft of your application before you submit the final application. This is NOT required.  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.  These grantees in no way predict or favor future grants.

2014 Grantees are required to submit the 2014 Howland Report Form by email to info@cftompkins.org no later than February 19, 2015. Please contact Janet Cotraccia, jcotraccia@cftompkins.org, Program Officer, with any questions or concerns about the final report. Failure to complete the report by the deadline will affect considerations for future grants.

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2015 Women’s Fund Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: 5pm on January 15, 2015. Make all applications by email only to info@cftompkins.org. Reports for 2014 grants are due by email to info@cftompkins.org no later than December 31, 2014.

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. 

Objectives

  • To support organizations and projects that promote educational, economic, social and political equality for women
  • To enable women to achieve economic self-sufficiency
  • To insure that women have necessary healthcare resources

Historically preference has been given to applications seeking to serve adult women. Applicants seeking to serve young women will be also be considered in this cycle.

The grant range is $500-$2,500.

Eligible applicants must be located in Tompkins County and provide services for a charitable purpose to women in Tompkins County. Applicants must be a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization or a unit of local government (e.g. schools, municipality).

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2015 Library Grant Cycle from the Rosen Fund and from additional Community Foundation Funds

Application Deadline: 5pm on January 15, 2015. Make all applications by email only to info@cftompkins.org. Reports for 2014 grants are due by email to info@cftompkins.org no later than December 17, 2014 for interim reports and no later than August 26, 2015 for final reports.

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. 2013 grantees are required to submit the 2013 Rosen Fund Library Grant Report Form by email to info@cftompkins.org no later than  August 29, 2014 for final reports. Please contact Program Officer Janet Cotraccia, jcotraccia@cftompkins.org, with any questions or concerns about the final report. Failure to complete the final report by the deadline will affect considerations for future grants.

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2015 Community Foundation Grant Cycles Calendar and General Tips for All Applications

Application Deadline: Various throughout 2015, please check each cycle or LOI process for specific deadlines. All submissions must be made by email to info@cftompkins.org.

All submissions must be made by email to info@cftompkins.org

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