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 eligibilitystandards, 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 Emma Terwilliger

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

Community Care Fund

Stage 1 Opening: Late Fall 2019

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

Previous Awardees


Opening: April 1, 2019

Closing: April 26, 2019

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

T. Merrell Shipherd Flexible Fund

Open: This is a rolling grant and is currently open.

All local nonprofit organizaitons in Tompkins County are eligable to apply. 

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

Youth and Philanthropy

Opening: September 12, 2019

Closing: TBD

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

Previous Awardees: 20152014201320122011