June 2nd, 2021

Celebrating 2021 Resilient Communities Spring Grant Cycle Grantees and Programs

This cycle provided flexible operating support to organizations meeting community needs, some longstanding, some new, and some revealed in the aftermath of the pandemic. The Spring Grant Cycle makes grants from the Howland Foundation (assets held at M & T Bank) and the Community Foundation’s Tompkins, Today, and Tomorrow Fund as well as varied donor advised and field of interest funds, especially our Children & Youth Fund and our Women’s Fund.

This grant cycle was unprecedented in many ways:

$399,366 was funded, more than three and a half times last year’s total.

15 Donor Advised Funds supported requests at four times the previous highest level for a total of $159,736.

Field of Interest Funds were available for support this year providing five times more funding than last year for a total of $116,640.


Advocacy Center of Tompkins County
Alternatives Impact
Animal Care Fund – dba Animal Care Sanctuary
Camp Kesem National
Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes
Caroline After School Program Inc.
Cayuga Lake Watershed Network, Inc.
Cayuga Trails Club
Challenge Workforce Solutions
Child Development Council of Central New York
Civic Ensemble
Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County
Cornell Cooperative Extension of TC: 4-H Urban Outreach
Cornell Cooperative Extension of TC: Rural Youth Services
Discover Cayuga Lake
Discovery Trail
Enfield Community Council
Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca
Family Reading Partnership
Finger Lakes Land Trust
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Food Policy Council (Fiscal Sponsor: Cornell Cooperative Ext. of TC)
Free Science Workshop
Golden Opportunity
Greater Ithaca Activities Center
Greeenstar Community Projects dba: Food Justice Projects
Groton Public Library
Groundswell Center for Local Food & Farming
Hangar Theatre
Hospicare and Palliative Care Services of TC
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services
Ithaca Public Education Initiative
Ithaca Youth Bureau
Khuba International: Ubuntu Library/Buffalo Street Books
Kitchen Theatre Company
Longview, an Ithacare Community
Love Living at Home, Inc.
Mama’s Comfort Camp (Fiscal Sponsor: Center for Transformative Action)
OAR of Tompkins County: College Upstate Initiative
Open Doors English (Fiscal Sponsor: Center for Transformative Action)
Paleontological Research Institution
Running to Places Theatre Company
State Theatre of Ithaca
Susan Christopherson Center for Community Planning (Fiscal Sponsor: Center for Transformative Action)
Sustainable Tompkins
The Southern Tier Zoological Society
The Youth Farm Project
Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts
Ultimate Re-Entry Opportunity (Fiscal Sponsor: Cornell Cooperative Ext. of TC)
Ulysses Philomathic Library
Unbroken Promise Initiative (Fiscal Sponsor: Center for Transformative Action)
Varna Community Association
Village at Ithaca
Village of Groton