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Community Celebrations Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Municipalities in Eligible
Locations for Events that Promote Local Culture and History

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Tompkins County

Deadline Date:

09/10/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $1,000 to New York nonprofit organizations and municipalities for events that promote the history and culture of eligible communities. Funding is intended to improve the quality of life for local residents through programs and events that are free and open to the public. Funded events must take place within Tompkins County.

Community Celebrations grants support local events that convey the unique culture and history of Tompkins County. Their mission is to enhance quality of life for residents, improve understanding of local culture, and expand contemporary culture in ways that are informative, educational, and just plain fun.

A “celebration” is an event, program, or series of events endorsed by a municipality or community group. A celebration is also defined as an observance, commemoration, jubilation, inauguration, presentation, salute, or any other “red letter day” that has meaning for the community.

Examples of previously funded Community Celebrations include International Mud Day at the Ithaca Children’s Garden, Watermusic/Dancing on the Trail, Streets Alive!, Groton Cabin Fever Festival, the Festival of Nations hosted by the Greater Ithaca Activities Center, and countless other favorite local events.

Eligible Activities

  • Local artists, performers, or providers of cultural programming
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Professional services needed to produce a successful celebration
  • Educational materials
  • Reusable banners

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175718

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Range: $500 to $1,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Non-profit organizations designated as 501(c)3
- Municipalities within Tompkins County

Events that exclusively promote religious traditions are ineligible.

The following expenses are ineligible:
- Carnival-type rides, bounce houses, and fireworks
- Building repairs or alterations
- Gifts and prizes
- T-shirts and apparel intended for event volunteers
- Paid staff time

Pre-Application Information:

The upcoming deadline for applications is September 10, 2021.

Grant Cycle Dates are as follows:

- Spring
Applications opened: January 2
Applications closed: February 27

- Fall
Applications opened: July 19
Applications closed: September 10

Applicants should be aware of the Diversity Statement approved by the Strategic Tourism Planning Board (STPB). The STPB encourages applicants to consider how their events can appeal to diverse audiences and reflect the diversity of the community.

Applicants must demonstrate a financial match of at least 50% of the total project cost.

A previous award for the same event does not guarantee or prevent future funding.

Video tutorial about the Common Grant Application: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xD85LuIZjRM

Contact Information:

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

For more information and to access the online Common Grant Application: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/grantmakers/70636/Tompkins-County-Department-of-Planning-and-Sustainability.html#gmkProgGrants

For additional assistance, please contact:
Kristin McCarthy
tourism@tompkins-co.org
607-274-5560

The County Historian provides guidance on this grant program: https://www2.tompkinscountyny.gov/historian

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