May 29th, 2024

Celebrating 2024 Resilient Communities Spring Grant Cycle Grantees and Programs: $506,750 in 115 grants to 74 organizations


This cycle provided flexible unrestricted support to organizations meeting community needs, some longstanding, some new, or revealed in the aftermath of the pandemic. The Spring Grant Cycle makes grants from  the Community Foundation’s Tompkins, Today, and Tomorrow Fund as well as various donor-advised and field-of-interest funds.

Each proposal highlighted the passion, dedication, and resilience of those striving to create a more just, equitable, and thriving community. Unfortunately, we were not able to fund every deserving organization as we had hoped, but we were able to fund 87% of applicants. The decisions were tough. We understand the impact of these decisions and want to express our deepest empathy to those we could not support this time.


$506,750 was funded in 115 grants to 74 organizations.

Tompkins Today and Tomorrow granted $230,888 or 45.5% granted.

13 Donor Advised Funds supported requests at highest level ever for a total of $146,000 or 29% granted.

9 Field of Interest Funds were available for support this year for a total of $129,862 or 25.5% granted.

This cycle, we made a commitment to prioritize racial and social justice organizations, as well as those led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC); 100% of these organizations were funded. This focus acknowledges the systemic inequalities that have long marginalized certain communities and recognizes the unique strengths and perspectives that BIPOC leaders bring to addressing these issues. By prioritizing these communities in grantmaking, we take a proactive step towards rectifying historical injustices and leveling the playing field.

4-H Primitive Pursuits of Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County
Alliance of Families for Justice
Amplify Equity
Cinemapolis (Seventh Art Corporation of Ithaca)
Civic Ensemble, Inc.
Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA)
Community Science Institute
Community Unity Music Education Program International
Creating Dreams Movement
Design Connect
Discover Cayuga Lake
Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, Inc.
Family Reading Partnership
Finger Lakes ReUse, Inc.
Finger Lakes Toy Library
Foodnet Meals on Wheels
Friends of Ithaca Farmers Market
Friends of Stewart Park
Gayogoho:no Learning Project, a project of the Center for Transformative Action
Golden Opportunity
Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC)
Groton Central School District
Groton Community Cupboard
Healthy Food For All, a project of the Center for Transformative Action
Hupstate Circus Inc
Ithaca Children’s Garden
Ithaca College
Ithaca Community Childcare Center
Ithaca Community Radio
Ithaca Community Recovery
Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard, a project of Area Congregations Together
Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc.
Ithaca Pride Alliance
Ithaca Waldorf School
Ithaca Welcomes Refugees
Jean’s Soul Food Spot, a project of Second Wind Cottages
Kitchen Theatre Company
Lansing Lunchbox
Love Living at Home
Maestro Music Therapy
Mutual Aid Tompkins
NAMI Finger Lakes
No Mas Lagrimas – No More Tears, Inc
Open Doors English, a project of the Center for Transformative Action
Paleontological Research Institution
Remark Navigation
Running to Places Theatre Company
Saoirse Pastures
Service in Unity
Southside Community Center
State Theatre of Ithaca, Inc.
Story House Ithaca, a project of the Center for Transformative Action
The Apple Cow Lips Theater
The Ithaca Voice
The Learning Web
The Street Dog Coalition
Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Foundation for Housing Task Force
Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce Foundation for Leadership Tompkins scholarships
Traditional Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Healing [Fiscal Sponsor: Village at Ithaca]
Transpose: Ithaca Queer Singers Alliance
Trumansburg Community Nursery School
Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts
Unbroken Promise Initiative
United Way of Tompkins County
Unity House of Cayuga County, Inc.
Varna Community Association
Village at Ithaca
Women’s Opportunity Center of Tompkins and Onondaga Counties
YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County
Youth Farm Project, Inc.