Schools and Teachers

Our community’s students are our greatest resource. The Community Foundation is committed to supporting our region’s schools and teachers, providing mini grants ($250–$500) for specific projects (other than operating costs or curriculum and instruction ) within classrooms. Mini-grants are limited in their ability to fund every project. Contact the Community Foundation before submitting an application to confirm eligibility.

Schools and teachers are always welcome to submit grant proposals to the Community Foundation, but we suggest that you check in first with your GST BOCES Grant Specialist office (if you work with one) to make sure you’re not competing with an existing grant application. Also, contact our Vice President of Programs prior to submitting a grant application to be sure your project is eligible.

More Grant Opportunities

K-12 School Grants
This website helps teachers and school administrators search for grants quickly, by topic, grade level, or state.

Accredited Schools Online
Inside the Cash for Your Classroom guide,Accredited Schools Online has outlined just about every nook and cranny to fundraising for your classroom. The guide includes strategies and ideas for fundraising opportunities. makes it easy to help classrooms in need. Public school teachers post classroom project requests which range from pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria.

Grant Wrangler
This site helps K-12 schools find grants and awards by grade level, subject area, or deadline.

Fund for Teachers
Fund for Teachers supports educators' efforts to develop skills, knowledge and confidence that impact student achievement. By trusting teachers to design unique fellowships, Fund for Teachers grants validate teachers' professionalism and leadership, as well. Since 2001, Fund for Teachers has invested $20 million in more than 5,500 teachers, transforming grants into growth for teachers and their students

KAPPA DELTA PI Classroom Teacher Grants
The KDP Educational Foundation believes that a teacher’s effectiveness has the greatest impact on students’ achievement and learning. As part of our efforts to provide members with tools to be more effective educators, the Educational Foundation offers Classroom Teacher Grants. These grants provide members who are practicing teachers with funds to support specific programs or classroom supplies. This fall, 50 grants of $125 each are available to practicing Pre-K–12 educators.

Kids in Need Foundation
Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most creative and important educational resource—our nation's teachers

Lowe’s Community Grants
The Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is dedicated to improving the communities we serve through support of public education, community improvement projects and home safety initiatives. Primary philanthropic focus areas are: Community improvement projects and public Education, priority is given to K-12 public schools.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education
Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant program has supported thousands of grassroots community and school projects in the communities where Lowe’s does business. Sample projects include: reading garden, school landscaping project, school nature trail, playground, or parent involvement center.

NEA Foundation
NEA Foundation supports new ideas and practices to strengthen teaching and learning. Our goal is to fund and share successful strategies to educate and prepare students for bright and rewarding futures

PetSmart Classroom Pet Grants
A grant from Pets in the Classroom can help you get one of these pets at minimal cost:
Fish, Hamster, Guinea Pig, Fancy Rat, Bearded Dragon, Leaopard Gecko, Snake, or Parakeet. Grants are available to public and private school teachers, grades pre-K through 8.

Target Foundation Grants 
Throughout the year, our stores provide education grants to local K-12 schools to support educational field trips, early childhood reading programs and participation in the arts.

Local non-profits who help community children

Our communities are rich with a variety of nonprofits ready to help students and classroom teachers. Here are just a few:

Arnot Art Museum
Chemung County Historical Society
KRAMER Foundation
Tanglewood Nature Center & Museum
Trinity of Chemung County
Southside Community Center
YWCA of Elmira & the Twin Tiers
Frontline Community & Youth Center at Hathorn Court
Ernie Davis Community Center
Economic Opportunity Program
Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Corning Area Youth Center
Chemung County Youth Bureau
Cornell Cooperative Extension
Salvation Army Kids Café
Wings of Eagles Discovery Center
Science & Discovery Center
Sexual Assault Resource Center
Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes
Compeer & PAL
Addison Youth Center
Pathways Kids Adventure Club

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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