Long Island Community Foundation Grantmaking (Non-Health Proposals)

New York Community Trust

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Next predicted deadline: Apr 6, 2021 12:00pm PDT

Later predicted deadlines: Aug 10, 2021 12:00pm PDT, Jan 4, 2022 12:00pm PST

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $25,000

Fields of work: Juvenile Justice Youth Development & Leadership Food Access & Hunger Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Climate Change Resilience Energy Efficiency & Conservation Renewable/Sustainable Energy Sanitation & Clean Drinking Water Water Resource Management Freshwater Conservation Land/Habitat Conservation Farms & Farming Public Transportation & Mass Transit Systems Education System Policy & Reform Academic Success & Enrichment Teacher Development & Training Career/College Preparation Art Education STEM Education After School /Summer Educational Programs Art for Social Change Educational Access & Equity Affordable Housing Public / Community Art Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Research, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in New York: Nassau County, Suffolk County

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Nassau County, Suffolk County

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About this funder:



Overview of Grantmaking at LICF

The LICF makes grants in Nassau and Suffolk Counties to nonprofits large and small, to those we've worked with over the years and those who are new to us. We are committed to sticking with significant issues that don't lend themselves to quick or easy solutions, and look for projects that take fresh approaches to long-standing issues and that tackle emerging problems and opportunities.

Funding Areas

LICF will fund projects in the following areas:


Program Goal: To integrate the arts in community development, civic engagement, and social change

We fund projects that: 

  • Revitalize and strengthen communities through economic development.
  • Use the arts to engage residents in community problem solving and/or advocating for social change.

Community Development

Program Goal: To expand quality affordable housing opportunities for all Long Islanders

We fund projects that: 

  • Advance local and statewide policies and practices that promote safe and decent affordable housing options and protect against displacement. 
  • Preserve and create multifamily housing for low-to moderate-income families and individuals.
  • Build local support for affordable housing developments.
  • Ensure public investments targeted to community development align with fair housing laws.


Program Goal: To prepare students for success in college and the workforce

We fund projects that: 

  • Build and mobilize public will for greater equity and quality in Long Island’s school districts.
  • Introduce effective in-school and out of school programs known to improve student performance including academic enrichment (especially in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math); college and career readiness; social and emotional learning; and training for educators.
  • Increase accountability and transparency of school administrations to parents and students.
  • Expand innovative strategies and partnerships for improving low performing middle and high schools.


Program Goal: To protect and preserve Long Island’s natural resources, healthy ecosystems and public health

We fund projects that: 

  • Promote sustainable land use, land management, and transportation alternatives.
  • Support and strengthen open space and farmland preservation efforts.
  • Improve and protect the health of the region’s bodies of water.
  • Protect drinking water quality.
  • Preserve biological diversity through habitat conservation and protection.
  • Minimize climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the development of alternative energy sources and energy conservation, research and public education.

Mental Health

Program Goal: To improve the effectiveness, responsiveness, and equity of mental health services for veterans

We fund projects that: 

  • Address the mental health needs of veterans and their families. 
  • Raise awareness and respond to the unique needs of women veterans.
  • Facilitate connection to social and legal services for veterans with mental health issues.


Program Goal: To reduce or alleviate hunger on Long Island

We fund projects that: 

  • Increase food access for vulnerable populations.
  • Facilitate connection to social services and other programs (including entitlements, etc.) and/or address root causes of hunger.
  • Increase participation of eligible youth in free school breakfast and lunch programs.

Technical Assistance/Organizational Development

Program Goal: To strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve greater community impact

We fund projects that: 

  • Increase the organizational aptitude of nonprofits.
  • Promote sector-wide best practices and organizational efficiencies.
  • Ensure diverse leadership in the nonprofit sector.
  • Foster mergers or consolidations to better serve communities.

Youth Development

Program Goal: To advance the well-being and economic self-sufficiency of at risk youth (up to 24 years of age)

We fund projects that:

  • Expand opportunities for positive youth development and leadership
  • Increase access to employment opportunities
  • Reduce school suspensions and incarceration
  • Support adolescent mental health and addiction treatment


  1. NOTE: Health proposals are accepted in Cycle 3 only. See separate grant page here

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


  • We make grants primarily to nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations located in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
  • Organizations that are not a 501(c)(3) or whose 501(c)(3) status is pending are required to have a Fiscal Sponsor.


  • In our grantmaking decisions, we favor projects that:
    • Have clearly defined and measurable outcomes with specific plans to achieve and document results in a specified time period.
    • Are led by organizations that have the capacity to achieve desired results and demonstrate commitment to diversity.
    • Demonstrate the potential for local or regional impact that are scalable or can be replicated.
    • Address gaps in current service or program models.
    • Demonstrate solutions that address root causes of problems.
    • Demonstrate collaboration and partnership for greater impact.
    • Demonstrate strong community leadership, engagement, and cultural competence.
    • Employ effective best practice strategies.
    • Serve low-income, underserved, or special needs populations.
    • Have the potential to leverage additional dollars.
    • Have the potential to favorably increase visibility of the LICF and our donors.


  • Note: LICF does not fund environmental youth education programs.
  • LICF does not make grants...
    • To individuals
    • For building or capital campaigns
    • For medical or scientific research
    • For budget deficits
    • For endowments
    • For event sponsorships
    • For re-granting purposes
    • For religious or political purposes
    • Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender,national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation, in policy or in practice.


This page was last reviewed December 14, 2020 and last updated November 30, 2020