Grant Opportunities

Community Foundation offers 3 grant cycles in 2019.
Please note a number of changes from previous years.

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 (5 priorities: Aging, Animal Welfare, Environment, Women, and Youth)
3) Fall Grant Cycle (for methodology and processes to achieve community planning, capacity building, systemic change and solutions to complex challenges)

In 2019 Out of Cycle Request will be received and reviewed during the Spring and Fall cycle timeframes.

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. Applicants must 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 or have a fiscal sponsor.

Each grant cycle application is reviewed by a community represented review team that will provide feedback for the applicant. Each grant request will be shared with our many fund advisors who wish to see them. 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. Scroll down for details on each cycle.

For Review Team Members Only

Application Deadline: For review team access to all applications

To Review Applications, Click Here: CommunityForce.  

To inquire about serving as a review team member, please complete the Volunteer Information Form and return it to info@cftompkins.org.

2019 Library Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: has passed. All grantees have been notified of 2019 funding decisions.

Grant Range: $200-$16,000

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

Final reports for 2018 grants are due on August 23, 2019

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.

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2019 Spring Grant Cycle (now including the Women's Fund)

Application Deadline: has passed. All grantees have been notified of 2019 funding decisions.

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

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

Out of Cycle Requests will be received and reviewed during the Spring and Fall Grant Cycle timeframes.

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, especially our Children & Youth Fund and our Women’s Fund. 

The Spring Grant Cycle supports the following areas:

• AGING (serving Tompkins County only)

• ANIMAL WELFARE (Serving Tompkins and/or Broome County)

• ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION (Serving Tompkins and/or Broome County)

• WOMEN (Serving Tompkins County only) Newly moved to the spring from the fall

• YOUTH (Serving Tompkins County only)

 

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. 

 

2019 Fall Grant Cycle - Strengthening Communities

Application Deadline: October 16, 2019

Grant Range: in response to applications received. $5,000-$20,000 (with eligibility to renew the grant in 2020)

Community Foundation is committed to fostering collaboration and strategic approaches to improve the quality of life for all in Tompkins County. This cycle prioritizes methodology and processes to achieve community planning, capacity building, systemic change and solutions to complex challenges. 

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

Out of Cycles Request will be received and reviewed during the Spring and Fall cycle timeframes.

The Fall Grant Cycle makes grants from the Community Foundation’s Tompkins Today & Tomorrow Fund (board discretionary grants), from the Susan Christopherson Community Planning Fund, and from donor advised and field of interest funds. 

2019 Fall Grant Cycle Guidelines

CLICK HERE for more information about the September Q&A session for this cycle.

2017-18 Grantee Community Report Presentations

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