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 usual either nonprofit agencies incorporated as a 501c3, or a municipality, or a school district or a faith community. 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, 2) Rosen Library Fund, 3) Howland Foundation (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.

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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Women’s Fund Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: This cycle is now closed and all grants have been awarded for 2014. Reports 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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Rosen Fund Library Grants

Application Deadline: This cycle is now closed and all grants have been awarded for 2014. Final reports for 2013 grants are due by email only to info@cftompkins.org no later than August 29, 2014. 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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Spring Grants Cycle from Howland Foundation and Community Foundation Funds

Application Deadline: This cycle is now closed for 2014. All complete applications received by the deadline are currently under review. Grant awards will be announced by the middle of June 2014. Reports are due by email to info@cftompkins.org no later than February 19, 2015.

The Spring Grants 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 Grants 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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2014 Community Foundation Grant Cycles Calendar and General Tips for All Applications

Application Deadline: Various throughout 2014, 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

Collective Impact Summit Mini Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: Applications are due by 5pm on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by email only to info@cftompkins.org. Notification of decisions will be no later than Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

Community Foundation is offering a mini grant cycle to support the participation of now THREE individuals from Tompkins County in the Collective Impact Summit at the Tamarack Institute from October 6-10, 2014 in Toronto.

Support for this grant cycle comes from the Park Foundation and the Community Foundation’s Collective Impact Field of Interest Fund.

This grant cycle will support Tompkins County based collective impact workers to address pressing social issues in a systemic approach.

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General Letter of Inquiry (LOI) Please Note Recent Changes to this Section

Application Deadline: Biannual: by email only to info@cftompkins.org by 5pm on May 15 or October 15

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, 2) Rosen Library Fund, 3) Howland Foundation (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, Rosen Fund, Howland Foundation and Fall) is to submit a general letter of inquiry. This letter should be emailed by 5pm 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.
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