Our Grant Cycles

Off Cycle Funding Requests

Application Deadline: Suspended for the remainder of 2024

Due to an overwhelming response during our Spring Cycle, we have allocated all but $5,000 of our annual budget to meet the community’s needs. The high demand for funding has demonstrated the critical importance of our work and the incredible initiatives being undertaken in our community. We have also cut our operational expense budget by 9%.

As a result, we must temporarily halt all off-cycle funding requests. This decision has not been made lightly, and we understand the impact it may have on organizations seeking support outside of our regular funding cycles. Our primary goal is to ensure we can manage our resources effectively and continue supporting our community throughout the year.

Additionally, it is important to note that we need to fundraise nearly all of our grantmaking funds, with the exception of $10,000 from our minimal grantmaking endowment. This means we rely heavily on the generosity of our donors and supporters to continue our mission. Anyone can make a gift designated for local grant making by choosing the Tompkins Today and Tomorrow Fund HERE.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. We remain committed to our mission and look forward to resuming off-cycle requests as soon as our financial position allows.

If you have questions or concerns we encourage you to contact us so that we can hear, respond to, and learn from them. Thank you. Please contact Gloria Coicou, Chief Engagement, Equity & Grants Officer, at gcoicou@cftompkins.org

*POSTPONED* 2024 Resilient Communities - Fall Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: *PLEASE NOTE UPDATED SPECIAL NOTICE* The Fall Grant Cycle will not occur in 2024 and will return in 2025.

Due to an overwhelming response during our Spring Cycle, we have allocated all but $5,000 of our annual budget to meet the community’s needs in the first half of the year. 

As a result, our Fall Grant Cycle will not be held in 2024. This decision has not been made lightly, and we understand the impact it may have on organizations seeking support. We also want to make sure that we are not asking work of applicants which would not result in meaningful grant amounts.

The high demand for funding has demonstrated the critical importance of donors who contribute to our Tompkins Today and Tomorrow Fund who enable our work and the incredible initiatives being undertaken in our community. We have also cut our operational expense budget by 9%.

If you have questions or concerns we encourage you to contact us so that we can hear, respond to, and learn from them. Thank you. Please contact Gloria Coicou, Chief Engagement, Equity & Grants Officer, at gcoicou@cftompkins.org

Eligible applicants include 501 (c)(3) organizations, school districts, municipalities, and faith communities (only for programs available to all). Prospective applicants not in these organizational forms may secure a fiscal sponsorship relationship from an entity in these categories to become eligible. Eligibility is limited to those organizations serving the greater Tompkins County, NY communities.

Each grant cycle application is reviewed by a community-represented review team that will provide feedback for the applicant. All grant cycle grants will require a written report at the end of the grant period.

Grant Range: $500-$10,000, depending on number of applications received

GRANT CYCLE GUIDELINES

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

FALL ’23 GRANT CYCLE Q&A

HELP WITH GRANTWRITING’ WORKSHOP

Questions about your grant application? Questions about eligibility, capacity, or other opportunities? Make an appointment with Gloria to connect and collaborate! YOUR PARTICIPATION IS VOLUNTARY. ONLY SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT IF YOU TRULY NEED SUPPORT WITH THE GRANT PROCESS. YOUR PARTICIPATION HAS NO IMPACT ON ANY FUNDING DECISIONS. Schedule your appointment HERE!

2023 Fall Community Information Session below.

2023 Q&A PowerPoint Presentation

This cycle will provide flexible unrestricted support to organizations meeting community needs, some longstanding, some new, or revealed in the aftermath of the pandemic. This Grant Cycle makes grants from the Community Foundation’s Tompkins, Today, and Tomorrow Fund as well as varied donor advised and field of interest funds.

Please contact Chief Inclusion & Community Engagement Officer Gloria Coicou, at gcoicou@cftompkins.org if you have questions related to this grant cycle. Technical Support questions should be directed to Administrative Manager, Madeline Rosas at admin@cftompkins.org

OFF-CYCLE REQUESTS MADE DURING ACTIVE GRANT CYCLES WILL BE DIRECTED TO APPLY TO THE CURRENT CYCLE. 

Prior Year (2022) Resilient Communities Fall Grant Cycle

2023 Grant Report Due: Wednesday, August 14, 2024 at 5pm.

GUIDELINES

2024 Library Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: is now closed. All eligible applications have been notified of funding decisions. This cycle will be offered again in January 2025.

Grant Range: $200-$16,000

Library Grant Cycle applicants can register and access applications and reports through GLM, our new online grant management platform.

*Alert* If you have already started your report form, you will need to scroll down to the bottom of the form and click ‘Abandon Request’. At the top of your screen, click ‘Apply’ to get to the new report form.

Click button below for guidelines. 

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.

GUIDELINES

2024 Resilient Communities - Spring Grant Cycle

Application Deadline: is now closed. All eligible applications have been notified of funding decisions. This cycle will be offered again in April 2025.

Our Spring Grant Cycle is now closed.

Grant request range: $500 to $10,000

This cycle will provide flexible unrestricted support to organizations meeting community needs. The Spring Grant Cycle makes grants from the Community Foundation’s Tompkins, Today, and Tomorrow Fund as well as varied donor-advised and field-of-interest funds.

Eligible applicants include 501 (c)(3) organizations, school districts, municipalities, and faith communities (only for programs available to all). Prospective applicants not in these organizational forms may secure a fiscal sponsorship relationship from an entity in these categories to become eligible. Eligibility is limited to those organizations serving the greater Tompkins County, NY communities.

Each grant cycle application is reviewed by a community-represented review team that will provide feedback for the applicant. All grant cycle grants will require a written report at the end of the grant period.

GRANT SUPPORT RESOURCES

Grant Guidelines
Q & A/Info Session
Grant Writing Workshop / Grant Writing Workshop Slides

Application Questions in Word
Application Questions in PDF 

How to write S.M.A.R.T. goals

One-on-one Appointment with Staff

Drop in Grant Support Hours on Tuesdays, March 12- April 9, 12:30-1:30 at Dunkin, 205 S. Meadow St.

Questions about your grant application? Questions about eligibility, capacity, or other opportunities? Make an appointment with Gloria to connect and collaborate! YOUR PARTICIPATION IS VOLUNTARY. ONLY SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT IF YOU TRULY NEED SUPPORT WITH THE GRANT PROCESS. YOUR PARTICIPATION HAS NO IMPACT ON ANY FUNDING DECISIONS. Schedule your appointment HERE!

Please contact Chief Equity, Community Engagement, & Grants Officer Gloria Coicou, at gcoicou@cftompkins.org if you have questions related to this grant cycle. Technical Support questions should be directed to Administrative Manager, Madeline Rosas at mrosas@cftompkins.org

 

Prior Year (2023) Resilient Communities Spring Grant Cycle Grantees

2023 Community Foundation Report was Due: Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at 5pm.

Thank you to our 2023 Resilient Communities Spring Grant Cycle grantees for their good work in service to our Tompkins County communities!

GUIDELINES
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