A Community for Non-Profits and Schools

Our community’s ongoing success is supported by the many non-profits and schools in the region. The Community Foundation is dedicated to helping these important community cornerstones maintain their operations and programming through grant opportunities, trainings, educational opportunities, networking events, and much more.

If you are a school or non-profit that needs assistance, we hope you will utilize our many support options. 

  • Search our grants, large and small, and apply
  • Need a little financial assistance quickly? See if a mini-grant would help
  • Find trainings to improve your service
  • Join our LinkedIn Group to start conversations and forge relationships with other non-profits. 
  • Peruse our list of non-profit resources for organizations that can assist

Grants and Applications

The Community Foundation offers multiple grants for non-profit use. There are primary requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for a grant among others specific to each grant program. The non-profit:

  • must be a registered 501(c)(3)
  • offer creative responses to the communities most pressing needs
  • increase access and opportunities for people from low-income or underserved segments
  • involve cooperation and collaboration
  • maximize impact of relatively modest grants

Our grants are competitive; we want to bring out the best in the community and what better way than award grants to non-profits with the most initiative to change the community for the better.

Initiatives, Trainings and Programs

Initiatives and trainings are developed in response to specific needs we see within the local non-profit community and to help board and staff members be most effective in their roles. See the different types of trainings we offer as well a list of upcoming events for non-profits. 

Resources for Non-Profits

A list of resources we have found helpful for non-profits ranging from accounting standards to fun food-for-thought

Schools and Teachers

Schools and teachers are increasingly looking outside the box to fund projects at their school and in their classroom. The Community Foundation can help with school and community focused projects through mini-grants and large grants. If we can’t help, we have included a list of resources that might be able support your project.

Success Stories

Wondering how other non-profits have done it? Here are some stories of success from other area organizations.

Organizational Endowment

When you start an endowment for a non-profit, you are sending an important message of strength and stability to the community. Starting an endowment is a commitment to help the community and to support it as it grows and flourishes.

Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes

Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes, Inc.

helps realize potential in our community by matching the generosity of our donors with the community’s greatest needs. Our grants and scholarships support the people of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben and Yates counties in the Southern Tier of New York State.


Current Grantees

Reporting Requirements and Final Evaluation Form


Keuka Area Fund 
Deadline: 08/21/2019

Schuyler County Fund
Application Deadline: 04/03/2020

Community Grant Program
LOI Deadline: 09/01/2019
Application Deadline: 09/15/2019

Edith Saxton Fund 
LOI Deadline: 09/01/2019
Application Deadline: 09/15/2019

Rose's Youth Philanthropists (RYP)
Deadline: 04/16/2020

Fund for Women of the Southern Tier
Deadline: 03/01/2020


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