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Cortland County Bright Ideas Grants Program

Application Deadline: February 24, 2020

The Cortland County Bright Ideas grants program is offering local nonprofits serving Cortland County the opportunity to apply for a $5,000 grant to support its mission. Applicants are invited to submit their best and brightest idea for enhancing their organization and better serving their community. 

What would your organization do with an extra $5,000 this year?

Every nonprofit has needs that go unfulfilled, sometimes year after year. Maybe you have an idea for a new project, nagging capital need, or enhancement that your organization would make if only the funds were available. If your organization has a need, any need, this grant might be for you! 

Who is eligible to receive a grant? 

Any tax-exempt, nonprofit organization located in and/or serving Cortland County is eligible to apply for a Bright Ideas grant. This includes any group classified as a nonprofit charitable organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code or an organization that is publicly supported, like a municipality or school district. Grants for purely religious purposes will not be considered. If you have a project that operates under a nonprofit fiscal sponsor, the nonprofit sponsor should submit the grant application. Each organization is eligible to submit only ONE application. 

How and when will award decisions be made? 

Nonprofits will be notified of the review committee’s funding decisions by late March. Funds will be sent to successful applicants by early April.

Apply now 

You may access the application here.

Post-grant report form 

You may access the post-grant report form here.

Cortland County Bright Ideas Grants

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Central New York Community Foundation
431 East Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13202