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Community Needs Grant

Grants to Tompkins County, New York Nonprofits for
Human Services, Social Justice, Health, and Youth Programs

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Park Foundation

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Grants to Tompkins County, New York nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that promote equity for low-income residents. Interested applicants should contact the Foundation before applying.

Funding in the past has typically been provided for proposals within the categories of health and human services, youth services and education, social justice and equity, and capacity building and philanthropy. It is anticipated that programs within these broad categories will continue to be funded along with proposals that advance social justice in other human service fields locally.

The Foundation believes that it is better for everybody when it is better for everybody. As a result, a social justice lens for Community Needs grantmaking will be employed. For the purposes of grantmaking, social justice is defined as understanding and interrupting the traditional patterns of exclusion which prevent equal opportunity for all. The emphasis is on addressing the needs and barriers to success faced by the most disenfranchised members of the community.

Priority will be given to low-income and historically disenfranchised populations. A strong preference will be given to proposals that:
- Develop interventions in partnership with the populations the project is intended to serve.
- Include relevant data for subpopulations within the target audience and tailor programs to meet the needs of those people who are most impacted by the issue being addressed.
- Identify barriers to success and facilitate initiatives that will surmount those obstacles.
- Describe how the proposed project will be implemented and evaluated in order to ensure that the intended beneficiaries are most effectively reached.

Grants for advocacy and community organizing around critical issues in Tompkins County will be considered. Technical assistance, capacity building and planning grants are also available and interested parties are encouraged to discuss these needs with program staff before making an application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179492

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations must be classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Capital grants are highly selective and generally limited to nonprofits in Tompkins County, NY.

Youth populations are given higher priority.

Generally, the Foundation does not support disease-specific programs or capital requests.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for-profit entities, endowments, or for debt reduction.

Pre-Application Information:

2018 Proposal Submission Deadlines:
- January 5
- March 29
- July 12
- September 21

If applicants believe their work may fit into the Foundation’s interests, they should contact the Foundation before submitting a full proposal. Contact can be by telephone, short email, or letter of inquiry.

Although a Letter of Inquiry is not required before submitting a full proposal, the Foundation does recommend it specifically for (1) documentary requests; (2) when an organization is new to the Foundation; or 3) if the applicant is unsure whether the request fits the Foundation’s guidelines.

Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are accepted at any time. Once an LOI is submitted please do not submit a full proposal unless contacted by a staff member.

Proposals must arrive at the Foundation’s office by the dates listed to be considered for a grant at the next quarterly Board meeting. All proposals received will be acknowledged by email, usually within a week of receipt. While the Foundation does not guarantee it, most decisions on full proposals are made within the quarter. Occasionally, proposals are deferred to a subsequent quarter for reasons of volume, need for additional review, or other circumstances. Applicants will be notified if a deferral occurs.

Although the Foundation encourages applying electronically through the Foundation's portal, emailed or faxed proposals or letters of inquiry are accepted with prior approval from the Foundation.

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

To submit a Letter of Inquiry:

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Letters of Inquiry and/or proposals should be mailed to:

Jon M. Jensen, Executive Director
Park Foundation
PO Box 550
Ithaca, NY 14851

Park Foundation, Inc.
140 Seneca Way, Suite 100
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607/272-9124
Fax: 607/272-6057

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Tompkins County