Let’s Keep Making it Happen: Apply for a Sustainable Tompkins Neighborhood Mini-Grant

Another round of Neighborhood Mini-Grants will be made in early September by Sustainable Tompkins....

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Another round of Neighborhood Mini-Grants will be made in early September by Sustainable Tompkins. How many citizen groups receive funding in this and future rounds is dependent upon support from the community. Sustainable Tompkins is running a campaign on the GiveGab platform to secure an additional $5,000 in donations to support the many generous and dedicated citizens working to make our community more resilient, fair, and empowered. Mini-grants have provided critical seed money that has launched several ongoing and successful bike clinics, community gardens, youth leadership groups, and more.

Since 2008, Sustainable Tompkins has awarded more than $58,000 for more than 145 neighborhood-based projects that continue to shape area communities, encourage local self-reliance, strengthen neighborhood connections, and promote long-term community well being. Neighborhood Mini-Grants are made possible by a grant from the Park Foundation, along with grassroots support from members of our local communities. More than half of the current fundraising goal has been reached, and organizers hope to complete the campaign so that no good idea gets turned down in the fall grant rounds.

Applications for the next rounds of grants are due on September 1 and December 1, 2015. All residents, citizen groups and non-profit organizations of Tompkins County are eligible to apply. Proposals must demonstrate a community benefit. Awards range from $150 to $750 for non-staff project expenses. To obtain an application form, make a donation in support of the program, or get more information, contact Peter FitzRandolph peter@sustainabletompkins.org or call (607) 272-1720.

Sustainable Tompkins is a citizen-based organization whose mission is to promote the long-term well being of our communities and region by integrating social equity, economic vitality, ecological stewardship, and personal and civic responsibility. Their office is located at 309 North Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY 14850. Visit www.sustainabletompkins.org for more details about the fundraising campaign and the program.

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