Foundation / Corporation
Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes
Grants to Keuka Lake Area, New York nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and school districts to benefit local residents and protect the region’s natural resources. Funding may be requested for program support, direct services, capital support, and capacity building and organizational development. Program areas include arts and culture, human services, youth and education, environment, health, and civic affairs.
Guiding Principals for Grantmaking:
-The Community Foundation builds community and inspires philanthropy. The Foundation supports creative, effective and innovative programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education and youth, health, the environment 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.
Types of Projects:
The Keuka Area Fund funds a wide variety of programs and projects across all program areas. Most grants, however, 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).
Awards will be determined based on the value of the proposal to the residents and communities surrounding Keuka Lake, availability of funding, and quality and vision presented in the application.
GrantWatch ID#: 169760
The Keuka Area Fund supports a wide variety of projects but does restrict itself to organizations:
-Located in or providing services to residents of Steuben County towns and villages of Bradford, Prattsburgh, Pulteney, Urbana, Wayne, Wheeler, and/or Yates County
-Classified as nonprofit charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code; or publicly supported organizations such as school districts and municipalities
-Who have submitted a grant evaluation for any completed program previously funded by the Community Foundation
The Keuka Area Fund, as a rule, does not make grants for:
-Annual campaigns, special event fundraisers or sponsorships
-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
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
Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their grant request with the Community Foundation staff before beginning the application process.
Applications must be postmarked by August 21. Notifications will be issued at the end of October.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Sara Palmer, Director, Grants & Communications
Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning
and the Finger Lakes, Inc.
301 South Main Street
Horseheads, NY 14845
USA: New York: Steuben County towns and villages of Bradford, Prattsburgh, Pulteney, Urbana, Wayne, Wheeler; and Yates County