June 4th, 2015

Announcing 2015 Spring Grant Cycle Awards from Howland Foundation and Community Foundation Assets

Community Foundation of Tompkins County is pleased to announce 17 grants totaling $52,600 of 2015 Helen Thomas Howland Foundation awards. Community Foundation donor advised and field of interest funds awarded 22 more grants of an additional $81,980 from the resources of the Community Foundation. A total of 34 organizations received 39 grants for a grand total support of $134,580.

As administrative agent for the Howland Foundation, the Community Foundation of Tompkins County reviews all applications and makes funding recommendations to the Howland Foundation trustees. Other Community Foundation funds may also make a grant in response to these applications. The Howland Foundation supports grants in aging services, youth services, animal welfare, and the environment. Grants are limited to qualified nonprofit organizations that provide substantial benefit to these areas.

Grants from Howland Foundation Assets

The 2015 grant recipients for youth services are Family & Children’s Service for rural outreach and for runaway youth services, Friends of the Ithaca Youth Bureau for summer camp inclusion, TC3 for childcare center scholarships, Franziska Racker Centers for Bridges Out of Poverty, Catholic Charities for transportation assistance, National Math Foundation for member residency, Durland Alternative Library for family summer math camps, Hangar Theatre for Project 4, Sciencenter for low income family access, Running to Places for Community and Jazz Hands for All, Ithaca Underground for documentation and training, Coalition for Healthy Food for capacity building, and NY Youth Institute for Tompkins County Hunger Fighters.

The 2015 grant recipient for animal welfare is SPCA for Impacting Small Lives.

The 2015 grant recipient for environmental preservation is Cayuga Lake Watershed Network for For the Sake of the Lake.

Two grants, one to Cooperative Extension for Healthy Food for all and one to Finger Lakes ReUse for ReSet job skills training scholarships, represent creative ways of seeking results in multiple priority areas of youth and environmental preservation.

Grants from Community Foundation Assets

Community Foundation saw eight different donor advised funds as well as the Children & Youth field of interest fund award grants in response to applications from this cycle. They include: Hospicare for charity care, Food Bank of the Southern Tier for mobile senior food pantry evaluation, Lifelong for needs based subsidies, Child Development Council for basic family needs, Family & Children’s Service for rural outreach, Mental Health Association for KIDS FIRST summer therapeutic recreation, GIAC for Village Camp, Challenge for summer youth employment, Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center for a playground village, Cooperative Extension for children’s neighborhood mini-grants, Cancer Resource Center for youth program, Family Reading Partnership for At Home books, Tompkins County Public Library Foundation for Full STEAM Ahead, Discovery Trail for Kids Discover the Trail expansion, Youth Farm Project, PRI for Caroline School wilderness campus and SPCA for Impacting Small Lives.  

Since its inception in 2000 the Community Foundation has facilitated over $7 million in investments in the Tompkins County community.