Fall Grant Cycle

Community Foundation of Tompkins County

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Oct 16, 2019

Later deadlines: Oct 16, 2021

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Tompkins County, New York

Location of residency: Tompkins County, New York

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Community Foundation is committed to fostering collaboration and strategic approaches to improve the quality of life for all in Tompkins County. This cycle prioritizes methodology and processes to achieve community planning, capacity building, systemic change and solutions to complex challenges. 

The Fall Grant Cycle makes grants from the Community Foundation’s Tompkins Today & Tomorrow Fund (board discretionary grants), from the Susan Christopherson Community Planning Fund, and from donor advised and field of interest funds. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • In order to qualify for an interview with the review team, initiatives must meet these requirements.
    • There must be three or more collaborating entities involved, with evidence of how each will contribute to meet the overall goal of the initiative.
      • These entities can represent the non-profit, public, private or community sector (i.e. neighborhood, local residents, etc.).
      • The team will look for evidence of active collaboration in strategic work (beyond referrals).
      • Some examples are shared planning and decision making planned check-ins among groups, and shared measurements.
    • A Common Goal of the Initiative must be clear and shared by all collaborating entities.
    • There must be clear evidence, both qualitative and quantitative for the need for such an initiative.
    • In keeping with the larger goal of collective impact, there must be clear evidence of how this initiative will work to alter the structures and systems that have contributed to the problem addressed.
  • Grantee candidates must serve Tompkins County and provide services for a charitable purpose to residents of Tompkins County.
  • Lead applicants must also be one of the following:
    • 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization
    • Government (e.g. public schools, municipality)
    • religious organization (to support non-religious activities directed toward a public purpose)