United Way of Tompkins County supports health & human service programs that are making an impact in our community. Those requesting a grant from United Way of Tompkins County must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in the geographic area of Tompkins County.
How to Apply
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All grants must be submitted online through Foundant, our online grant management database. Click here to start your application
Community Care Fund
- Opening: December 1, 2023
- Closing (for applicants with a fully or conditionally approved Part A application): February 16, 2024 @ 5PM
The Community Care Fund invests in programs that address community needs and strengthens lives in Tompkins County. Funds are granted on a two-year cycle. Each cycle, the Community Care Fund awards grants to programs sponsored by our local partner agencies that focus on the building blocks of a good life: Education, Income and Health. here.
All human services nonprofit organizations in Tompkins County are eligible to apply for funds. Learn more about the programs the CCF has invested in for 2022-2024 here.
T. Merrell Shipherd Grant Fund
- Opening: This is a rolling grant and is currently open. Applications received by the 1st Wednesday of each month are then considered on the 2nd Wednesday of the month and move through an approval process that includes sharing the application with other local funders for consideration. Therefore, depending on the timing of your submission, the process can take between four and seven weeks. The committee considering these applications typically does not meet in the months of July, August, or December.
- Closing: Closes when funds are exhausted for the fiscal year.
Description: The T. Merrell Shipherd Fund was established to honor T. Merrell Shipherd, former Director of United Way of Tompkins County, who, throughout his life, worked to bring people together to find effectives solutions to community challenges. TMS Fund Grants are made through a flexible fund at UWTC combined with resources from other local funders for projects that address emerging needs in the community, support efforts to improve organizational efficiency or capacity, and encourage collaboration among local human service organizations. These grants are meant for emergent needs for the agency outside of the usual two-year Community Care Fund cycle in response to unforeseen needs to continue operations or to meet new or increased needs in the community. The grant can also be awarded for meeting an existing need through a novel (emerging) approach.
Eligibility: This grant fund is only eligible to Tompkins County 501(C-3) nonprofit organizations or local municipalities. For agencies that received TMS funds in the previous fiscal year, UWTC will still consider your application and share with other funders, but your eligibility for UWTC funds will be limited to extending circumstances.
Total Amount To Be Awarded: $7,000
Learn more about the 2021-22 projects the T. Merrell Shipherd Fund has invested in here.
Youth and Philanthropy (YAP) Grant Fund
- Opening: September 12, 2022
- Closing: October 14, 2022
Description: Each fall, 10th-12th graders from across Tompkins County participating in the Youth and Philanthropy (YAP) program, award grants to programs sponsored by local nonprofit agencies that focus on addressing community needs. All applications must clearly identify how the grant funding will address specific community needs and how those needs were identified. Requests do not have to be youth-centered. Funding for the grants awarded is provided by a generous donation from Triad Foundation.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations serving Tompkins County residents are eligible to apply.
Total Amount To Be Awarded: $25,000
Learn more about the Fall 2021 projects YAP has invested in here.
- Opening: TBD
- Closing: TBD
Each summer, middle school students in the Focus On Community Understanding Service (FOCUS) program award grants to programs sponsored by local agencies that focus on the building blocks of a good life: Education, Income and Health. The funding for the grants issued is provided by a generous donation from the Dryden Youth Opportunity Fund.
Any local nonprofit organization that serves within the community of Dryden may apply.