TLC is a program for residents or grassroots groups that are or want to be active in improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Through intensive and interactive training sessions with other resident leaders, TLC teaches the practical skills that help make stronger, more effective neighborhood and grassroots leaders. Participants learn to build skills in leading groups and projects. They learn more about neighborhood resources and how to gather community support. Much of the learning also occurs from interacting and building relationships with other leaders who are similarly involved in neighborhood work.

 

  • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, publicly supported organizations such as schools and municipalities, and organizations using a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor
  • Organizations serving residents of Onondaga or Madison counties
  • Groups formed for at least one year and actively working together on a community issue
  • Those who have previously participated in TLC are eligible to reapply if it has been at least two years since participating in the program, and with a different group of team members.

Groups will be selected based on commitment of the team to:

  • Recruit a solid team of 4-5 people from your neighborhood or grassroots group
  • Participate in all eight monthly sessions, which generally run from September – May
  • Develop and implement a neighborhood or grassroots project
  • TLC’s annual grant application deadline typically falls in mid-July each year.
    • 2022 Deadline: July 8, 2022
  • To apply, complete our online form.
Apply Here

If your nonprofit has received a TLC grant, you are required to submit a final report. These reports assist us in assessing our grantmaking efforts.

Submit A Report

Community Investment Stories

Women manning table
Publications May 19, 2022

Identifying Areas for Growth

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Granting Matters

What's Happening
Publications May 19, 2022

What's Happening

Giving Voice Spring 2022

Group of children and adults outside
Publications May 19, 2022

WHOLE ME Helps CNY Deaf Community Thrive

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Grantee Story

Who Want Smoke BBQ staff and students
Blogs May 6, 2022

Who Want Smoke BBQ

For Tamica Barnett, barbecues have the potential to uplift communities while creating a newfound sense ...

Foster grandparents with children
Blogs May 2, 2022

Innovation in Action: Data Dating

"Data Dating" pairs non-profits together to better serve the communities they represent.

Bob Vitkus stands outside
Stories April 5, 2022

Tomorrow's Neighborhood's Today in Action

Dr. Robert J. Vitkus adored the outdoors, and Tomorrow's Neighborhood's Today seeks to continue his ...

Stories April 5, 2022

CNY Arts Grants Support Local Artists

COVID-19 changed the way local artists interacted with their audiences. CNY Arts were committed to ...

Black Media Mogul Maker attendant
Stories April 5, 2022

Excellence in Action: Black Media Mogul Maker

Central New York is bursting with creativity; Black Media Mogul Maker seeks to amplify its ...

Women manning table
Publications May 19, 2022

Identifying Areas for Growth

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Granting Matters

What's Happening
Publications May 19, 2022

What's Happening

Giving Voice Spring 2022

Group of children and adults outside
Publications May 19, 2022

WHOLE ME Helps CNY Deaf Community Thrive

Giving Voice Spring 2022: Grantee Story

Who Want Smoke BBQ staff and students
Blogs May 6, 2022

Who Want Smoke BBQ

For Tamica Barnett, barbecues have the potential to uplift communities while creating a newfound sense ...

Foster grandparents with children
Blogs May 2, 2022

Innovation in Action: Data Dating

"Data Dating" pairs non-profits together to better serve the communities they represent.

Bob Vitkus stands outside
Stories April 5, 2022

Tomorrow's Neighborhood's Today in Action

Dr. Robert J. Vitkus adored the outdoors, and Tomorrow's Neighborhood's Today seeks to continue his ...

Stories April 5, 2022

CNY Arts Grants Support Local Artists

COVID-19 changed the way local artists interacted with their audiences. CNY Arts were committed to ...

Black Media Mogul Maker attendant
Stories April 5, 2022

Excellence in Action: Black Media Mogul Maker

Central New York is bursting with creativity; Black Media Mogul Maker seeks to amplify its ...

View More