OVERVIEW: The Community Foundation of Tompkins County supports community building, health and human services, education, arts and culture, and environmental sustainability in Tompkins County, New York.
FUNDING AREAS: Community building, health and human services, education, arts and culture, environmental sustainability
IP TAKE: There are some excellent opportunities for libraries at CFTC because there is one entire grant cycle dedicated to local libraries.
PROFILE: Established in 2000, the Community Foundation of Tompkins County (CFTC) is a community foundation based in Ithaca, New York. This funder establishes partnerships between local residents, donors, and service providers to benefit local causes. CFTC aims to “improve the quality of life in Tompkins County by inspiring and supporting enduring philanthropy.” It funds local community building, health and human services, education, arts and culture, and environmental sustainability efforts.
The Community Foundation of Tompkins County has traditionally awarded the most local funds to efforts related to health and human services, followed by community building efforts. In recent years, CFTC has awarded grants in three cycles per year. The library grant cycle supports 33 libraries in the Finger Lakes Library System in Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga, and Tompkins counties. The spring grant cycle prioritizes aging, animal welfare, environment, women, and youth. Finally, the fall grant cycle prioritizes community planning, capacity building, systemic change, and complex challenges.
Grants range between about $200 and $16,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on its grant history page. Grantmaking focuses on Ithaca and other parts of Tompkins County in New York. CFTC also funds efforts in Broome, Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, and Tioga counties. Past local grantees include the Coddington Road Community Center, Ithaca Public Education Initiative, Finger Lakes Land Trust, and Ithaca Youth Bureau.
This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Each grant cycle has its own guidelines and deadlines. CFTC utilizes an online grant management platform to receive and review applications. Direct general questions to the staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-272-9333.
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