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Community Grant Program - Program Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits, School Districts, and
Municipalities to Benefit Community Residents

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Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes

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Grants of up to $20,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, school districts, and municipalities in eligible locations for community benefit projects and programs. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to the application. Funding can be used for program, capital, or capacity-building grants. Eligible organizations must be located in and serve Chemung and/or Southeastern Steuben counties.

Most grants fall into three categories: 

  • Program or Direct Service Grants – for costs associated with 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).

Guiding Principles:  

  • The Community Foundation builds community and inspires philanthropy. It supports creative, effective, and innovative programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education and youth, health, the environment, animals, capacity building, and civic affairs. Successful projects will address community needs while demonstrating sustainable impact and measurable outcomes.
  • The Foundation strives to create healthier conditions for people in the community by collectively improving and/or developing them together.
  • Funded programs will provide clearly stated goals for the incorporation of diverse cultures, philosophies, and experiences. Diversity is present not only in program delivery but also in the mission, boards, and operations of the organization.
  • The voices of the underserved and economically diverse are important, and programs designed to foster access for community connections are preferred. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162522

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations may request an amount between $2,000 and $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants typically cover a one-year time frame.

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 Southeastern Steuben counties, New York
- 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:
(1) service benefits all, regardless of religion;
(2) service provided is not religious in nature; and
(3) there is no proselytizing associated with the service.

More on private schools and faith-based organizations -
Characteristics of eligible grant funded programs include and must demonstrate that 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 generally does not make grants from unrestricted funds for the following:
- Annual campaigns, special event fundraisers, or sponsorships
- Endowments
- Religious purposes
- Political or partisan purposes
- Loan reimbursements for capital projects already underway or completed
- Retroactive expenses or activities that occur before the Community Foundation’s decision deadline
- Trips for schools or clubs
- Deficit funding or debt retirement
- Individuals (except through scholarships for education)

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline and Decision Schedule:
LOI Deadline: 06/01/2020
Application Deadline: 07/01/2020
Notification: August

Organizations applying for funding must use the Community Foundation’s online application system.

All applicants must submit a letter explaining the program to be funded and the amount requested – a letter of intent – two weeks before the application deadline. Only organizations with successfully submitted and accepted Letters of Intent can begin the application.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their grant request with the Community Foundation staff before beginning the application process.

The Foundation accepts applications once per year. Organizations may submit one application for funding per grant cycle.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application:

Sara Palmer, Vice President of Programs

Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.
301 South Main Street
Horseheads, NY 14845

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USA: New York: Chemung County and Southeastern Steuben County

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