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Grants to New York Nonprofits, School Districts, and
Municipalities to Benefit Residents in Eligible Regions

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Central New York Community Foundation

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, school districts, and municipalities for programs that benefit residents in eligible regions. Funding is intended for projects in arts and culture, education, civic affairs, health, the environment, and human services. Programs must benefit residents of Onondaga and Madison Counties.

The Community Foundation seeks to advance three goals through its grantmaking programs:

  • Community Impact: The Community Foundation’s mission is to enhance quality of life for those who live and work in the community. The Foundation supports innovative programs in the areas of human services, arts and culture, education, literacy, health, environment and civic affairs. Successful projects will address community needs through programs and activities that demonstrate sustainable impacts and measurable outcomes. 
  • Community Building: Community building is central to the work of the Community Foundation, which gives preference to projects that increase civic participation and community vitality. Successful projects build community connections, especially among diverse groups, and build mutual trust and reciprocity in community relationships.
  • Diversity: The Community Foundation believes that a community’s strength lies in its diversity. It commits its resources in ways that signal to groups with diverse cultures, philosophies and experiences that they are welcome partners in its efforts. It seeks grantees and partners that incorporate diversity into their missions and operations, striving to encourage diverse governance boards, partner organizations, served constituencies, and staff. To that end, diversity will be an important consideration in the evaluation of requests for Community Foundation funding. 

The Community Foundation funds a diverse range of projects across all program areas. Most grants, though, fall into three main categories:

  • Organizational Development 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) 
  • Program or Direct Service Grants: For costs related to implementation of a program (start-up or expansion)
  • Capital Grants: For costs related to building construction, building renovation or capital equipment (with an expected useful life exceeding three years)

More information about Capital Grants can be found on page 4 of the Guidelines Document in Attached Files below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174745

Estimated Size of Grant:

For capital campaigns that seek to raise $1 million or more, the Community Foundation will award no more than 10% of the total campaign goal, and grants will not exceed $150,000. Funding for smaller projects will be assessed on a case by case basis.

Term of Contract:

The Community Foundation typically awards grants for project budgets covering a one-year timeframe. In appropriate circumstances, the Foundation will consider applications with budgets beyond twelve months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Foundation supports a wide variety of projects, but does restrict itself to organizations:
- Located in, or providing services to residents of eligible counties
- Classified as nonprofit charitable organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code; or publicly supported organizations such as school districts and municipalities
- That have not received a grant in the previous 12-month period
- And have submitted a grant report for any completed program previously funded by the Community Foundation

Programs seeking to apply through a fiscal sponsor, or seeking an exception to any of the above policies, should consult with staff prior to submission.

The Community Foundation, as a rule, does not make grants for the following through its Community Grants process:
- Annual operating budgets for existing programs. However, requests for "seed" or "bridge" operating funding can be considered.
- Endowments
- Religious purposes
- Loan reimbursements for capital projects already underway or completed
- Assistance to individuals
- Medical or academic research
- Retroactive expenses or activities that occur before the Community Foundation’s decision date

Pre-Application Information:

- April 9, 2021 - Board Meeting/decision date: End of June
- October 8, 2021 - Board Meeting/decision date: Mid-December

Staff members at the Community Foundation are available to help you craft the strongest proposal possible. Please discuss prospective proposal ideas with the staff before submitting an application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss prospective proposal ideas with the grants staff before submitting an application. Programs seeking to apply through a fiscal sponsor, or seeking an exception to any of the above policies, should consult with staff prior to submission.

Applicants will be notified of grant award or denial by telephone call or letter after the Community Foundation's quarterly Board of Directors meeting.

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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.

Register and apply online:

Program staff can be reached at:
(315) 422-9538

The Foundation’s Grants Team:
Danielle Gill
315-883- 5554

Dashiell Martinez
315- 883-5552

Kari Simpkins

Central New York Community Foundation
431 E. Fayette Street, Suite 100
Syracuse, NY 13202

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USA: New York: Onondaga and Madison Counties

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