July 16th, 2012

Application Now Posted for Fall 2012 Excellence in the New Economic Era Grant Cycle

The Community Foundation is offering a two pronged grant cycle to assist community organizations to achieve increased effectiveness.  This grant cycle continues the Community Foundation’s commitment to respond to what was learned during the 13 “Listening and Learning” sessions carried out throughout our county, beginning in 2009. 

The grant cycle’s first prong seeks to support strong programs with demonstrable outcomes that have experienced a reduction of funding since 2008. Grant awards are not intended for new programs. 

The grant cycle’s second prong is for capacity building for planning and operations, or for board and staff development or for strategic relationships to help two or more organizations work through collaboration and restructuring, positioning for merger or affiliation.

Guidelines and the application are now available at

The application deadline is 5pm Wednesday, September 19, 2012.  The grant range is $500-$4,000 and funds must be expended by June 30, 2013.

Eligible applicants must be located in Tompkins County and provide services for a charitable purpose to residents of Tompkins County.  Applicants must be a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization or a unit of local government (e.g. schools, municipality) or a religious organization to support non-religious activities directed toward a public purpose.

A recommended, though NOT required, prospective applicant meeting to ask questions and help assist you in developing your application will be held on Wednesday, September 5 from 12-1:30pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County at 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca.

No refreshments will be provided but participants are welcomed to bring their own brown bag lunch.

View All News