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.
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.
Previous Spring Grant Cycle Grantees
2018 Women’s Fund Grant Cycle
Application Deadline: Applications for this cycle are no longer being accepted. Review team members are currently evaluating applications. Notification of funding determinations will be made and checks distributed at the Women's Fund Luncheon on October 23, 2018.
Grant Range: $500-$3,500
Women’s Fund Grant Cycle applications and reports must be received through CommunityForce, an online grant management platform.
Seeking Nominations for Women’s Fund Laura Holmberg Award
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.