Sustainable Ithaca Grants

Grants to Tompkins County, New York Nonprofits
to Promote Community Sustainability in Ithaca

GrantWatch ID#: 179493
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Park Foundation


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Grants to Tompkins County, New York nonprofits for programs and projects that promote community sustainability in the City of Ithaca. For the purposes of these grants, community sustainability refers to a community's ability to be socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Accordingly, grantmaking addresses a spectrum of topics, with emphasis on integration of systems and cross-sectoral collaboration.

A special interest is on projects that provide low-income residents and the community of color access to, and participation in, sustainability measures.

More details on the program areas are as follows:

1. Ecosystem Conservation includes both terrestrial and aquatic systems conservation and restoration. The primary emphasis of aquatic systems is Cayuga Lake and its tributaries. The overall goal is to maintain an intact, functional ecosystems in Tompkins County. Projects and programs that address toxic threats to humans and natural systems will also be considered.

2. Energy and Climate Change includes addressing climate change by reducing energy use via efficiency measures and increasing use of renewable energy sources. The overall goal is to assist the residents of Tompkins County in meeting greenhouse gas reduction targets.

3. Environmental Education includes an emphasis on informal K-12 programs and adult education to encourage individual and organizational sustainability practices.

4. Local Food System includes support for the infrastructure of the local food system and identification of gaps in the system. The overall goal is to increase the amount of food produced locally.

5. Smart Growth includes support for smart growth planning, zoning reform, alternative transportation modes, and vehicle mile reduction.

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

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

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

Grants are limited to projects and programs that impact sustainability in Tompkins County. Requests for projects outside the County will generally not be considered.

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