Community Grants

The Community Grants Program is an open, competitive program through which grants are made to nonprofit organizations residing in and serving the citizens of Chemung and Southeastern Steuben counties. Grants are made in the fall and range from $2,000 to $20,000. The average grant is $7,500. A panel of community members review and recommend grant awards to the Community Foundation’s Board of Directors. If your organization has never received a grant from the Community Foundation we strongly recommend speaking with the Director, Grants & Communications prior to submitting an application. 

Organizations may submit one application for funding per grant cycle.

View the Guidelines for Grantseekers for more information. 

When should I apply?

The Foundation accepts applications once per year. All applicants must submit a letter explaining the program to be funded and the amount requested – a letter of intent – two weeks before the application deadline. The letter of intent is found within our online grant application system.

Deadline and Decision Schedule 

Letter of Intent Deadline           Application Deadline              Notification  
September 1                                   September 15                              Early December

How Should I Apply

The Community Foundation accepts grant applications to its Community Grant Program through an online application system, Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager. 

Begin your online letter of intent and application.

  • The first step will be to create a new account. You only need to do this once.

  • If you've applied for other grants managed by the Community Foundation using the online system, please log on using your email and password.

  • All applications must include a completed project budget and expense form. This form is an Excel file.
    In addition, the online application will ask you to upload your organizations operating budget for the current year.

Instructions for use of the online application system.

Project Budget & Expense Form (Excel File)
Download and save this form to your desktop, complete it in full, save (as a PDF if you can), and upload into your application.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND/OR TUITION BASED PROJECTS must also complete and upload the operating budget and school demographics form. 
Operating Budget & School Demographics (fill able PDF)

Who may apply?

Registered 501(c)(3) organizations located in and serving the citizens of Chemung and/or Southeastern Steuben counties, New York. Proposals from faith-based organizations will only be considered if: (1) service benefits all, regardless of religion; (2) service provided is not religious in nature; and (3) there is no proselytizing associated with the service.

What Activities are NOT eligible for funding?

The Community Foundation generally does not make grants from unrestricted funds for the following:

  • Annual campaigns, special event fundraisers or sponsorships

  • Religious purposes

  • Political or partisan purposes

  • Activities taking place before grant decisions are made

  • Trips for schools or clubs

  • Deficit funding or debt retirement

  • Individuals (except through scholarships for education)


Questions? Contact the Vice President of Programs at 739-3900 or

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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