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Sustainable Ithaca Grant

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

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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. Interested applicants should contact the Foundation before applying. 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 enable low-income and the community of color access to and participation in sustainability measures.

- Ecosystem Conservation includes both terrestrial an aquatic systems conservation and restoration. Primary emphasis of aquatic systems is Cayuga Lake and its tributaries. 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.

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

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

- 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.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179493

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

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

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:

To submit a full proposal:

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: Ithaca and Tompkins County