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The Park Foundation prioritizes funding for efforts to help Tompkins County become a fully sustainable community – environmentally, socially and economically- through their “Sustainable Ithaca” grant program. Priority is given to projects that incorporate a collaborative approach to reaching sustainability goals. Park Foundation also looks for programs that address racial, economic and other forms of inequality.

$50,000 was previously awarded to Tompkins County to support municipalities with exploring natural gas drilling policy concerns. Many other grants have been awarded regarding rural issues unique to Tompkins County.

Another example of Park Foundation grantees is the 4-H program in Tompkins County, which was awarded $15,000 for programming to serve low-income youth and families.

Link to Park Foundation “Sustainable Ithaca” grant page


The Park Foundation also makes grants through their Community Needs program, which aims to alleviate poverty and meet the needs of underserved and low-income individuals in several key areas:

  • Health and Human Services
  • Youth Services and Education
  • Social Equity
  • Capacity Building and Philanthropy

Examples of previous grant awards through the Community Needs program:  $16,000 to Tompkins Learning Partners, Inc to provide academic support to incarcerated youth; and $40,000 to Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Tompkins County to help build capacity and promote organizational sustainability.

Link to Park Foundation "Community Needs" grant page

The grant application submission deadlines change annually. More details can be found at the Park Foundation website. The Park Foundation also provides a list of all prior grants that have been awarded through the foundation.

Link to Park Foundation prior grant awards database


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