Fall Grant Cycle- Strengthening Communities

Community Foundation of Tompkins County

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Deadline: Oct 14, 2020 3:00pm PDT

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $20,000

Fields of work: Community Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

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

Location of project: Tompkins County, New York

Location of residency: Tompkins County, New York

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About this funder:



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. 

Fall Grant Cycle (for methodology and processes to achieve community planning, capacity building, systemic change and solutions to complex challenges).

Grant Cycle Goal:

This grant cycle aims to foster and develop within Tompkins County communities, the ability to improve the quality of life for all residents through collaborative planning, capacity building, and finding solutions to complex challenges.

Grant Cycle Priority Areas:

To improve the quality of life in Tompkins County by focusing on areas that pose barriers to an enhanced quality of life for our residents. Examples might be one or more of the following areas: 

  • Access to affordable housing and transportation
  • Access to food security and nutritional health
  • Access to living wage jobs and safe housing for those re-entering after incarceration 
  • Eliminating race, class, disability and gender as predictors of student participation and achievement 
  • Strengthening our system of prevention and treatment services for people experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis 
  • Access to high-quality, affordable childcare in early childhood (birth-5)

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)


This page was last reviewed May 08, 2020 and last updated May 08, 2020