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Nonprofits Applying for April Community Grant Round

During this time of unprecedented uncertainty, we want you to know that we are still here for you. We know that now more than ever, the nonprofit community is stretched to meet the needs of those it serves. With this in mind, we have taken the following steps to help ease some of the burden during this time: Created the COVID-19 Community Response Fund with our partners to respond to urgent basic human needs Will continue to have responsive April and October grant rounds, though the parameters around requests will be much more flexible and could include general operating dollars to organizations directly impacted by the COVID pandemic For those with open grants with us, we will consider variance requests that could involve repurposing for operations and/or timeline extensions To discuss any of these options, or any other matter, please contact us as grants@cnycf.org.

Services For the Nonprofit Sector: 
Grants, Training & Initiatives

Our ties to the community run long and deep. In our more than 90 years of serving Central New York, we have made it our mission to understand the issues facing our region and the programs implemented by the nonprofit sector to address these issues. Our community is ever-changing, and we work hard to be nimble and responsive to the changing needs over time. We provide support to more than 1,000 nonprofit organizations that serve the Central New York region through various grantmaking programs, special initiatives and civic leadership programs. We provide grant support through our responsive Community Grantmaking and we also build capacity in the nonprofit sector through a variety of initiatives.

We invite you to explore the many opportunities that are available to partner with the Community Foundation to fulfill your organization’s mission and to enhance your capacity.

Receive: Apply for a Grant

Our grant programs seek to bring about positive change and impact while honoring diversity and building inclusion within and across our many communities.

View funding options

Lead: Explore Community Initiatives

Realizing that responsive grant dollars alone cannot address our community’s complex challenges, our various community initiatives focus on one common goal – to help strengthen our region’s nonprofit sector to make the greatest impact on our community.

Explore our Initiatives

Collaborate: View our Partnership Programs

The Community Foundation partners with local community leaders from the private, public and nonprofit sectors on multiple efforts to find innovative and effective solutions to community-wide issues.

Explore Collaborative Programs

View All of Our Programs

Are you looking for a specific program? We have compiled an alphabetical list of all of our grantmaking and initiatives to help you find what you are looking for.

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If you have grantmaking questions or would like to schedule a grant information meeting, please contact us at
315-422-9538 or