Grant Impact Stories

Community Foundation awarded 341 grants totaling more than $1.6 million during the period January 1-June 30, 2020 in support of the arts & culture, environment, education, health & human services, and other means of community growth.

Learn more about grant successes and ways we have partnered with donors to help solve specific problems in our community.

Here is a sampling of three recent grants of many and the impacts they have delivered. Follow the links in each story to learn more. Contact us at to ask questions or offer to help.

Technology Grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund  Address Health Needs

Technology Grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund Address Health Needs


As a result of your support, grants are being made to assure continued and changing services for residents health needs:

  • $10,000 grant to Cayuga Addiction Recovery Services for Telehealth Equipment for bring remote addiction treatment to individuals in recovery.
  • $6,225 grant to Advocacy Center supports enhanced hotline services due to increased call volume and additional technology to provide secure mobile services that assure confidentiality protocols.
  • $10,000 grant to Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca for staff technology to assure mental health services virtually. This grant is in response to the changing mental health needs of local residents.

Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund grants are providing support in a wide range of areas.  Learn about other grants here.


Need COVID Funding?  Find our updated application here.

Local Philanthropy  Working for Racial and Social Justice

Local Philanthropy Working for Racial and Social Justice

Your Community Foundation shares information and requests with fund advisors, to leverage and expand impact, as we work for more just, equitable and inclusive communities.

A recent grant began with an inquiry from Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming.  Four of the farmers at Groundswell’s Incubator Farm were hoping to attend the Emerging Farmers Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.  This conference specifically serves refugee and immigrant farmers and is translated in multiple languages depending on need, including S’gaw Karen, the language spoken by the four farmers, all of whom are refugees from Burma.

Since only 1 of the 4 farmers speaks fluent English, this would be a unique opportunity for these farmers to learn about agriculture and business in their native language, represent the Finger Lakes at a nation event, and bring back farming knowledge to share with the other 25+ Burmese farmers at the Incubator.  Foundation staff shared this request for conference attendance with a donor advisor who might have interest in such a project and a grant was made for almost $2,000.

Grant from the  COVID-19 Response Fund  to Challenge Cleaning Services

Grant from the COVID-19 Response Fund to Challenge Cleaning Services


As a result of your support, a $1o,000 grant to Challenge Workforce Solutions allows nonprofits (health clinics, churches, libraries, and others) that were looking for enhanced cleaning to receive it, free!

Planning to reopen a business or office during this difficult time is no easy task. This grant provides cleaning services to local non-profits who serve our most vulnerable populations at absolutely no-cost.

Your gifts and donor advised funds came in all shapes and sizes. Together, with others, you generate big impact!
Community Foundation  COVID-19 Response Fund grants have helped many local organizations (to see more, use this link).

quote John Keats

The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of this world is not "to have and to hold" but "to give and serve." There can be no other meaning