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 elegibility standards, funded partner agreements, and general grant information.

Please login to Apricot, our online grant management database, to apply for available grants. We recommend using Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox as your web browser. Apricot is not compatible with Internet Explorer. For navigating Apricot, please review our Agency Apricot Training Guide

If you do not have an existing username and password, please contact Kelsey Rossbach at or 607.272.6286 for additional information. 

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

Community Care Fund

Stage 2 Opening: February 1, 2018

Stage 2 Closing: March 9, 2018

All nonprofit organizations in Tompkins County are eligible to apply for funds

Previous Awardees


Opening: Spring 2018

Any local nonprofit organization that serves within the assigned FOCUS served community of Dryden in 2014

Previous Awardees: 2016 - Dryden, 2015 - Dryden2014 - Dryden2013 - Dryden2012 -Ulysses2011 -Lansing2010 -Danby

Hunger & Food Security Fund

Opening: August 2017

Closing: October 13, 2017

All nonprofit organizations in Tompkins County are eligible to apply for funds to address hunger and food security, and the need for personal care items. 

Previous Awardees: Spring 2016Fall 2015Spring 2015Fall 2014Spring 2014Fall 2013Spring 2013Fall 2012Spring 2012Fall 2011Fall 2010,Spring 2010

T. Merrell Shipherd Flexible Fund

Opening: Winter 2017

UWTC Member Agencies are eligible to apply. Non-member agencies may apply in partnership/ collaboration with a member organization

Previous Awardees: 2015 – No Awards, 2014, 2013 – No Awards, 201220112010

Ithaca College Student United Way 

Opening: Fall 2017

All local nonprofit organizations in Tompkins County are eligable to apply

Previous Awardees: 2014201320112010

Youth and Philanthropy

Opening: Fall 2017

Closing: October 13, 2017

All nonprofit organizations in the TST BOCES District are eligible to apply

Previous Awardees: 20152014201320122011