Grant Success Stories
The Community Foundation awards over 100 grants each year in support of the arts & culture, environment, education, health & human services, and other means of community growth. Learn more about several grant successes and ways we have partnered with donors to help solve specific problems in our community.
Setting the Stage
The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) was awarded a $3,000 grant through the Community Foundation’s Fall Grant Cycle -Our Rural Community 2011.
The TCFA is housed in an 1851 Greek Revival structure, formerly the village’s First Baptist Church. The award will enable the organization to update itself by installing a sound system in its primary performance space, the Clinton B. Ford auditorium.
Recently observing its 30th anniversary, the TCFA continues to bring music, dance and art to students, from children to adults, in the Trumansburg-area community.
Our Rural Communities
The Many Hands Peter D. Wadach Memorial Fund recently made a grant to the Ithaca Rotary Charitable Trust to advance its Books for the World initiative. Rotary clubs throughout the US collect used children’s books, surplus textbooks and medical books which are packed and shipped to high needs areas in Africa. Teachers and librarians can put the books to great local use. The container used to ship the books remains there and is converted to be used as a school room or library. Partners in the local effort include Challenge, The Tompkins County Medical Society and Cornell and Ithaca College students.
Focus On Funding Our Community's Basic Needs
Our donor advised funds nominated grants to a number of Ithaca’s core human services non-profits. The American Red Cross, Loaves and Fishes, Salvation Army and Planned Parenthood all received unrestricted grants to put dollars to use where needed most. As many in our county struggle to make ends meet, these organizations continue to serve an increased demand for services by stretching organization resources even further. Our donors recognize that these services are vital and continue to give to those non-profits meeting basic human needs.