OVERVIEW: The Long Island Community Foundation supports the New York counties of Suffolk and Nassau in the areas of arts, community development, education, environment, health, mental health, hunger, technical assistance/organizational development, and youth development.
FUNDING AREAS: Arts, community development, education, environment, health, mental health, hunger, technical assistance/organizational development, youth development
IP TAKE: This funder is well-connected to the New York Community Trust, which means there is a lot of giving power and expertise behind the grants at LICF.
PROFILE: Established in 1978, the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF) is a community foundation based in Melville, New York. The New York Community Trust established this Long Island division to serve Suffolk and Nassau counites. LICF aims to “enhance the wellbeing of the people and communities of Long Island.” The funder supports local arts, community development, education, environment, health, mental health, hunger, technical assistance/organizational development, and youth development efforts.
The Long Island Community Foundation lists its current funds on its website with the years established. LICF funds art programs that boost economic development and engage residents in problem-solving. Community development grants support affordable housing, while education grants support Long Island’s school districts. Environmental grants target sustainable land use, transportation alternatives, water quality, open space preservation, and minimizing climate change. Health grants support access to care, mental health grants often support veterans, and hunger grants benefit vulnerable populations that include youth. Other youth grants focus on reducing incarceration, adolescent mental health, and employment, while LICF awards technical assistance grants to boost nonprofits’ capacity. LICF manages and administers the Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund and the All for the East End Fund as well.
Grants range between about $15,000 and $25,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving in LICF’s past grant listings by year. Grantmaking focuses on Nassau and Suffolk Counties in New York. Past local grantees include Island Harvest, Long Island Cares, City of Glen Cove Youth Bureau, and Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center.
This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. LICF accepts applications three times throughout the year. Deadlines typically fall in January, April, and August. All of the application instructions and online forms, as well current requests for proposals, are posted on the funder’s website.
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