Apply for Funding

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

Please review the United Way of Tompkins County Grant Policies and Funding Parameters for eligibility standards, funded partner agreements, and general grant information.

Please login to Foundant, our online grant management database, to apply for available grants. We recommend using Google Chrome as your web browser, but Foundant is compatible with all browsers. To access training information for Foundant, including written instructions and videos, please click here. For navigating Foundant, or to receive training, please contact Brandi Remington.

All grants must be submitted online through Foundant, our online grant management database. Click here to start your application


 
Community Care Fund
  • Opening: December 2021
  • Closing: February 2022

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.

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 2020-2022 here.


Previous Awardees: 2019-2020 Awardees,  2018-2019 Awardees,  2017-2018 Awardees, 2016-2017 Awardees, 2015-2016 Awardees

T. Merrell Shipherd Fund
  • Open: This is a rolling grant and is currently open.

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. This flexible fund accepts applications and awards grants on a rolling basis in effort to support effective programming and services that address current, new or emerging community needs.

All local nonprofit organizations in Tompkins County are eligible to apply. Learn more about the 2020-21 projects the T. Merrell Shipherd Fund has invested in here.


Previous Awardees: 2020 COVID-19 Response Awards,  2019-2020 Awardees,  2018-2019 Awardees

FOCUS Fund
  • 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.


Previous Awardees: FOCUS did not take place in 2020 due to COVID-19, 2019 Awardees

Youth and Philanthropy Grant Fund
  • Opening: Fall 2021
  • Closing: October 2021

Each fall, students in the Youth and Philanthropy (YAP) 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 Triad Foundation. 

All nonprofit organizations in the TST BOCES District are eligible to apply. Learn more about the Fall 2020 projects YAP has invested in here.


Previous Awardees: 2020 Awardees,  2019 Awardees,  2018 Awardees