March 20th, 2020

Now Accepting Grant Requests to COVID-19 Response Fund

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Grants to Support COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery

Local Funders Chart 8.31.20

COVID-19 Response Fund grants have helped the following organizations:

Child Development Council, Ithaca Carshare, Challenge, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, GIAC’s Robin Fund, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Healthy Food for All, Golden Opportunities

Many donor advised fund grants have helped the above organizations and:

Food Bank of the Southern Ties
Food Net Meals on Wheels
Loaves & Fishes
Downtown Ithaca Children’s Center

Detailed COVID-19 Response Fund Grants Listing, as of August 31st 2020.

Make requests through CommunityForce, an online grant management platform.

Community Foundation supports the many and varied ongoing local efforts in the nonprofit sector to address challenges brought forth by COVID-19. We are engaging in collaborative efforts with other local funders to deliver a coordinated philanthropic response.

The COVID-19 Response Fund will provide flexible resources to basic needs nonprofit organizations serving Tompkins County communities to address how they and their participants are impacted by this crisis. This is not intended to make grants directly to individuals nor provide emergency paid leave.

CLICK HERE to make an online gift to the COVID-19 Response Fund. At the top of the form in the Fund Name box enter COVID-19 Response Fund.


Our COVID-19 Response Fund was not created to be the only vehicle resourcing critical community activities during this outbreak. Requests to Community Foundation will be shared with other local funders. Together, our local philanthropic community is meeting regularly to facilitate getting more targeted resources into the community where they are needed most.