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 in May or October.

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.

No new 2016 Fall Grant Cycle applications. 2015/2016 Fall 2 Year Grant Cycle Collective Impact: Building Relationships, Building Our Future

Application Deadline: The application deadline for this cycle has passed. All applicants have been notified with celebration of grants on Monday, December 14, 2015. 2015 Fall Grant Cycle Interim Report is due by 5pm on September 21, 2016. 2015 Fall Grant Cycle Final Report is due by 5pm on December 13, 2017.

Fall Grant Cycle applications and reports need to be received through CommunityForce, a new online grant application software.

CommunityForce Online Grant Application Instructions

Attend the Fall Grant Cycle Awards Celebration on December 14, 2015.

2015 Fall Grant Cycle Interim Report is due by 5pm on September 21, 2016

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

The spirit of this grant cycle is to foster principles embraced by a Collective Impact Approach 

2016 Library Grant Cycle from the Rosen Fund and from additional Community Foundation Funds

Application Deadline: This cycle is now closed for 2016. All applicants have been notified. Awards will be presented at the March 24 meeting of the Finger Lakes Library System.

Library Grant Cycle applications and reports need to be received through CommunityForce, a new online grant application software.

CommunityForce Online Grant Application Instructions

*DEADLINE* Library Grant Cycle Report is due by 5pm on December 16, 2015

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. 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.

2016 Women’s Fund Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: This cycle is now closed for 2016. All applicants have been notified. Awards will be announced at the Women's Fund luncheon on March 15, 2016

Women’s Fund Grant Cycle applications and reports need to be received through CommunityForce, a new online grant application software.

CommunityForce Online Grant Application Instructions

2016 Women’s Fund Grants will be awarded at the Women’s Fund Luncheon on March 15, 2016.  

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 ensure 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-$3,500.

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).

2015 Women’s Fund Grantees

GUIDELINES

2016 Spring Grant Cycle from Howland Foundation and Community Foundation Funds

Application Deadline: The application deadline for this cycle has passed. All applications are currently under review. Public notice of grants will occur at a celebration of grants on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, from 4:30-6:00PM at the Sciencenter.

You are Invited to Our June 15 Spring Grant Cycle Awards Celebration, from 4:30-6:00PM at the Sciencenter

Spring Grant Cycle applications and reports need to be received through CommunityForce, a new online grant application software.

CommunityForce Online Grant Application Instructions

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.

2015 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. These grantees in no way predict or favor future grants.

Reports are due by February 24, 2016 at which time we anticipate that we will be receiving reports through a new online system. 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.

 

Application Deadline:

2016 General Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

Application Deadline: May 16, 2016 or October 17, 2016. 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

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), or

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 16, 2016 or October 17, 2016.

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.

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.

 

2016 Community Foundation Grant Cycle Calendar NOW AVAILABLE!

Application Deadline: In 2016 there will be 3 grant cycles and 2 general letter of inquiry processes. All submissions must be made online through CommunityForce.

From August 14, 2015 forward: 

Applications and reports need to be received through CommunityForce, a new online grant application software.

CommunityForce Online Grant Application Instructions

GUIDELINES
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