Grants of up to $20,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and school districts in eligible counties for projects and programs that benefit local residents. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for activities within the focus areas of arts, culture, education, youth, environment, animals, human services, and capacity building. Eligible applicants are located in and serve Chemung and Southeastern Steuben counties.
The Community Foundation funds a wide variety of programs and projects across all program areas. Most grants fall into three categories:
Program or Direct Service Grants: For costs associated with the implementation of the program
Capital Grants: For costs related to building construction, building renovation, or capital equipment
Organizational Development and Capacity Building Grants: For costs related to activities such as strategic planning, board development, program planning, performance management and evaluation, succession planning, or marketing and communications. Other organizational capacity areas under this category include business planning, fund development, facility planning, and management systems (financial, HR, technology).
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Community Foundation supports a wide variety of nonprofits but does restrict itself to organizations:
- Located in and providing services within Chemung and/or SE Steuben Counties;
- Classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S.; or publicly supported organizations such as school districts and municipalities
- Successfully completed the scope of work defined in prior Community Foundation grant application(s) and have submitted any follow-up report due
Proposals from faith-based organizations will only be considered if they are:
- Open and accessible to the greater community
- Open to all regardless of religious affiliation
- Open and available to low-income or underserved students/participants
The Community Foundation, as a rule, does not make grants for:
- Annual campaigns, special event fundraisers or sponsorships
- Religious purposes
- Political or partisan purposes
- Loan reimbursements for capital projects already underway or completed
- Assistance to individuals
- Trips for schools or clubs
- Retroactive expenses or activities that occur before the Community Foundation’s decision deadline.
- Letter of Intent: June 1
- Application: July 1
- Notification: mid-August
Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their grant requests with the Community Foundation staff before beginning the application process.
Estimated Size of Grant
Award Amount: $1,500 – $20,000
Term of Contract
The Community Foundation typically awards grants covering a one-year time frame.