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Community Celebrations Grant

Grants to Tompkins County, New York Nonprofits and Municipalities
for Events that Promote Local Culture, History, and Heritage

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Grants ranging from $500 to $3,000 to Tompkins County, New York nonprofit organizations and municipalities for community events that promote the region's unique history and culture. Funding is intended to improve the quality of life for local residents through programs and events that are free and open to the public, and are planned by community members as a benefit to the community.

The Community Celebrations Grant program funds community-led efforts to educate the public about its history and cultural inheritances; to improve understanding of local culture; and to expand contemporary culture in ways that are informative, educational and just plain fun.

A celebration is defined as an event, program, or series of events endorsed by a municipality or recognized community. 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.

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

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GrantWatch ID#: 175718

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Award Range: $500 to $3,000

Term of Contract:

- The spring grant round is for events that occur between May and December.
- The fall grant round is for events that occur between January and April.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:

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


1. All events must be free and open to the public without discrimination.
2. Events that exclusively promote religious traditions are ineligible.
3. Events must take place within Tompkins County, NY.
4. The following expenses are ineligible:
- Carnival-type rides, bounce houses, and fireworks
- Building repairs or alterations
- Gifts and prizes
- T-shirts and other apparel
- Food
- Paid staff time

Pre-proposal Conference:

A free workshop for grant applicants will be held Wednesday, July 31st, 10:30 am-12:30 pm, at the Tompkins County Public Library (BorgWarner East Community Room).

Participants will learn about eligibility requirements, the online grant portal, and tips for getting an application noticed. Tourism Program staff will be available to take questions and, time permitting, offer one-on-one advice.

RSVP to by Tuesday July 30.

Pre-Application Information:

Spring cycle:

- Applications Opened: January 2
- Applications Closed: February 28

Fall cycle:

- Applications Opened: July 8
- Applications Closed: August 29

There are typically two rounds of funding per year. Events that occur between May and December should apply for grant funding in the spring grant round. Events that occur between January and April should apply for grant funding in the fall grant round.

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

The Tompkins Festivals Program is available to help event organizers. For more information, see

For further information about the grant program:

For a video about the Common Grant Application:

For additional guidance on the program:

Contact Information:

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

To register and apply online:

Kristin McCarthy, Tourism Program staff

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Tompkins County