Library Grants

Since 1946, Friends of the Library has given substantial funding to the Tompkins County Public Library and the Finger Lakes Library System, providing much needed assistance to both organizations in meeting their service goals. In recent years we have increased our scope of giving to include other libraries in the area as well. Funding is now available from the Friends in the form of grants to help local libraries and reading rooms in the Finger Lakes region that serve Tompkins County residents.

Eligible libraries are invited to apply for a grant from the Friends according to the following guidelines:

  • We expect most of the awards will be in the $500 to $1,000 range.  Funding is limited and we cannot guarantee that all requests will be honored.
  • Grants should be requested for projects that will make a significant difference to the library.
  • Grant funding may be used to purchase books, CDs, DVDs, audio books, equipment and furniture, and to implement programs for library patrons.
  • Grants will not be made for operating costs or salaries.
  • If an award is given, the Friends Library Grants Committee requires a copy of any paid invoices for which grant funds were used.
  • Libraries receiving grants should publicly recognize that the project was funded by “The Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library”.
  • We would also appreciate feedback as to how the Grant has helped the library, which may include photographs and/or a public announcement.

The application form for 2017 grants is available in Word and PDF format.

Applications are due: Thursday, August 31, 2017.

Please email completed applications with supporting documentation (if any) to and cc:  or mail them to:

Friends of the Library Booksale
509 Esty St
Ithaca, NY 14850
attn: Library Grants Committee

Last updated: May 30, 2017 at 23:15 pm