Community Needs Grant

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

GrantWatch ID#: 179492
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Park Foundation


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Grants to Tompkins County, New York nonprofit organizations for programs and projects that promote equality for low-income residents. 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.

Please note that the Foundation will employ a social justice lens for its grant making. For the purposes of these grants, 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.

Other Interests:
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.

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

Youth populations are given higher priority.

- The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for-profit entities, endowments or for debt reduction.
- Generally, the Foundation does not support disease-specific programs or capital requests.

Application Process:
Prospective applicants may want to consider submitting a Letter of Inquiry as a preliminary step before submitting a full proposal. Although a Letter of Inquiry is not required before submitting a full proposal, the Foundation does recommend it specifically when an organization is new to the Foundation, or if the applicant is unsure whether the request fits the Foundation’s guidelines.

2017 Proposal Submission Deadlines:
January 6
March 31
July 7
September 29

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.

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

Applicants have the option of submitting letters of inquiry and full proposals via two mechanisms: electronically, or by mail.

1. Electronic Submissions
To reduce paper and encourage timely submissions, applicants may submit Letters of Inquiry and full proposals electronically at the following links:

- Letter of Inquiry:
- Full Grant Proposal:

2. Paper Submissions:
Emailed or faxed proposals or letter of inquiry are only accepted with prior approval from the Foundation. Please use the application documents provided below (see Supporting Documents) and submit all written correspondence to:

Park Foundation, Inc.
140 Seneca Way, Suite 100
Ithaca, NY 14850

General Inquiries:
Phone: 607/272-9124
Fax: 607/272-6057

Funding is limited to organizations serving residents of Tompkins County.

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