Mini Grants

Because organizations cannot plan for every rainy day expense or future opportunity, a quick-decision turnaround and rolling deadline enables organizations to meet our community’s most critical needs without having to wait for the next Community Grants Program grant-making cycle. Mini grants are made from the more mundane – a vacuum cleaner for a parent resource center, to the more imperative - purchasing smoke detectors for low-income families. Mini grants are available throughout the year and are up to $1,000.

When should I apply?

The Foundation accepts mini grant requests with a rolling deadline throughout the year. Organizations may submit requests for funding up to $1,000 through our online application. Notification of mini grant awards takes approximately two-weeks.


Applications: rolling deadline, applications taken anytime throughout the year.
Notification: approximately 2 weeks from application submission.

Who may apply?

Applicants must be registered 501(c)3 organizations located in and serving the citizens of Chemung and/or Southeastern Steuben counties, New York.

What Activities are eligible for funding?

  • Expenses not built into an organization’s annual budget

  • Emergent needs

  • Out of the ordinary projects/programs

Organizations may submit multiple mini grant requests throughout the year. 
Organizations may not submit a request for the same program/project twice in one fiscal year (July 1 – June 30).

Where should I send my Application?

Mini-Grant Applications are submitted online by using the online application form.

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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