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). In general, applications will be available on CommunityForce approximately 4 weeks before the deadline for each grant. You can find the CommunityForce link in each grant cycle section below.

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 in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga and Tompkins counties)
2) Spring Grant Cycle (Serving Broome and Tompkins County with specific designations)
3) Women’s Fund Grant Cycle (Serving Women in Tompkins County)
4) Fall Grant Cycle (A two year grant cycle in 2017 and 2018 funding from 2017 applications 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.

2018 Fall Grant Cycle (no new applications)

Application Deadline: Continuing the two year Thriving Through Collective Impact grant cycle from 2017

Grant Range: in response to applications received.

Community Foundation is committed to foster collaboration and strategic approaches to improve the quality of life for all in Tompkins County. In 2015, the Foundation offered a grant cycle that encouraged collaboration among agencies and organizations as an approach to solving complex local problems. In the fall of 2017, continuing to build on the principle of collective impact, we offered another two year grant cycle to support and sustain local collective impact initiatives. There will be no new applications in 2018 for this grant cycle.

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

Interim and Final Reports from our 2015 Fall Grant Cycle, Collective Impact: Building Relationships, Building Our Future

First Year (Interim) Report Back Presentations

Second Year (Final) Report Presentations

 

2018 Library Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: All 2018 grants have been awarded. The next application deadline for this cycle will be in January 2019.

Grant Range: $200-$16,000

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

Interim reports are due on December 12, 2018

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.

GUIDELINES

2018 Spring Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: All 2018 grantees have been notified. The next application deadline for this cycle will be in March 2019.

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

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

Grants for capital needs and special projects will receive emphasis. Grants for operating support will be considered on a limited basis.

 Emphasis is placed on organizations which demonstrate long range planning. The application will request that you upload your organization’s strategic plan (a Strategic Plan summary is acceptable).

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)

2018 Spring Grant Cycle Grantees

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. 

 

2018 Women’s Fund Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: Application available online on July 24 for a September 5, 2018 submission deadline

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

2017 Women’s Fund Grantees

2018 Out of Cycle Requests

Application Deadline: May 16, 2018 and October 25, 2018

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.

Application Deadline:

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