Community Organization Grants

Grants to improve reading, literacy, education or skills building 

Deadline for submissions:  March 31, 2022

Non-profit organizations, civic groups, and government agencies serving Tompkins County residents are welcome to apply to the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library (FOL) Community Organization Grants that support programs or projects that improve reading, literacy, education or skills building.

The primary beneficiaries of these grants should be those who do not read or are limited in their reading skills with priority given to those programs or projects that target low-income or high-needs populations, and that actively encourage learning rather than passively giving away books.  Grants should enhance FOL’s mission, which is to encourage a public that can and will use the public library and understands its value as a community institution.

The considerations that guide FOL in awarding these grants are:

1. Projects and programs shall focus on (a) helping adults who can’t or don’t read, (b) placing books or reading materials in the hands of people in crisis, and/or (c) getting books in the hands of children.

2. Books (including eBooks) and educational materials and activities shall be considered for grants. Software and hardware that support these materials and activities may be considered for funding as well.

3. Grants may not be used to fund salaries and general operating expenses, nor as an ongoing part of the organization’s budget. Furniture expenses (such as bookshelves, etc.), consumable supplies (such as pens and paper, performance tickets, etc.), or fees are generally not funded.

4. Organizations must be located in Tompkins County or on its perimeter, and must assist local residents.

5. The grant must be for a specific need. Explain this need and how your program or project addresses it in the application.

6. The organization must be a non-profit organization, established for charitable purposes, or a governmental agency.

7.  Programs/projects shall be considered that require additional funding sources beyond the Community Organization Grant.

There will be only one funding round this year so your program or project may take place at any time in 2022.  Programs and projects that focus on those with the greatest need are given preference.  Grant amounts typically range from $100-$1,000. Successful applicants will be announced 2-4 weeks after the deadline.

Download the grant application in WORD or PDF format.  The due date is March 31, 2022, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time.  Applications are accepted by email. For more information or to discuss your proposal, contact John Maceli, Committee Chair, at 607-273-0673.


Community Organizations Grants Committee
c/o Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library (FOL)
509 Esty Street
Ithaca NY 14850

Last updated: February 9, 2022 at 11:22 am