Grant Guidelines

Fully complete the Grant Application including a detailed program or project budget (revenues and expenses) and an overall budget for your organization. Be sure to include all documents requested below.

The grant deadline is Monday, October 19, 2020.

Please ensure your application will be received by October 19th.

The mission of the Social Service League is to support Tompkins County not-for-profit human service organizations in their work to address the most significant community needs. Qualifications necessary to apply for and receive Social Service League funds: Any not-for-profit, incorporated, human/social service provider in Tompkins County is eligible to apply. Public/government agencies and individuals are not eligible to receive funds.

Grant Guidelines:
1. To assist programs that address the most significant community needs.  This year the Social Service League Board is choosing to focus funding on essential needs due to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Applicants must prove the ability to sustain their projects without continuing support from the Social Service League and must clearly indicate how their project addresses essential needs in the community.
2. Funding is not granted for the following types of requests:
     a. Capital fund drives
     b. Deficits
     c. Proposals requiring on-going support from the League*
     d. Specific funds to individuals.
3. Social Service League Board members also consider prior receipt of funding through this process.  If you have received prior funding you must submit your final project report in order to be considered for funding this year.
4. Grant requests may not exceed $3,000. Over the last several funding cycles, the average grant award has typically been in the $1,000-$1,500 range.

* Reminder: The Social Service League does not support regular, on-going operating expenses, unless the request shows how the activity will be supported when SSL funds are exhausted. Grants may be awarded for one-time events and initiatives that an organization’s current funding cannot support.

All completed applications must include:
  • Project narrative, 1200 words maximum
  • Project budget
  • Current annual budget for overall organization
  • Most current balance sheet
  • Board of Directors list for current year


Optional materials:
  • Annual Report
  • Additional supporting program information relevant to the application
  • Letter of support, if appropriate

Please note that this online form will not save so we recommend copy/pasting your information from another file just prior to submitting your application.

Please contact John Mazzello at the Human Services Coalition with questions (607-273-8686 or jmazzello@hsctc.org).

This application and information about the Social Service League are available at www.hsctc.org/socialserviceleague.

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* 1. Organization Legal Name

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* 2. Organization Street Address

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* 3. City/State/Zip

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* 4. Phone Number

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* 5. Fax Number

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* 6. Website (if applicable)

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* 7. Director's Name and title

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* 8. Contact Person and Title (if different)

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* 9. Email Address for Contact Person

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* 10. Phone Number for Contact Person

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* 11. Project Name

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* 12. Brief summary of the project for which funding is being sought (300 word maximum)

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* 13. What is the essential need this project is addressing? How has the Coronavirus pandemic affected the extent of this need in the community? (300 word maximum)

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* 14. Amount of Request (not to exceed $3,000)

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* 15. Total Project Cost

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* 16. Project funds raised or to be raised from other sources (please specify sources, 300 word maximum).

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* 17. Beginning date of project

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* 18. Ending date of project

Date

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* 19. Plans for continuing support of the project (if applicable, 300 word maximum)

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* 20. What do you hope will be the outcomes of your project? (300 word maximum)

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* 21. How will you know if you achieved your outcomes?  How will you measure or document the results? (300 word maximum)

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* 22. As applicable, what strategies do you/will you take to ensure that your project is inclusive and serves people equitably? Please address any outreach efforts or other relevant activities. (300 word maximum)

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* 23. Are there other organizations in Tompkins County which are implementing similar projects?  How is your project different than other programs locally? (300 word maximum)

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* 24. Please provide a detailed program/project proposal narrative. Describe the program for which funds are requested, including goals and objectives, population and area served, staffing (paid and/or volunteers), envisioned impact of program/project and project timetable. (1200 word maximum)

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* 25. Please upload your proposed program /project budget for which funding is being sought( e.g. equipment, software) (.doc, docx, or .pdf).

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* 26. Please upload your overall agency budget (.doc, docx, or .pdf).

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* 27. Please upload your current balance sheet (.doc, docx, or .pdf).

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* 28. Please upload a list of your current Board of Directors (.doc, docx, or .pdf).

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* 29. If applicable, please provide an additional supporting document you wish the review board to consider. (.doc, docx, or .pdf)

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* 30. If applicable, please provide an additional supporting document you wish the review board to consider. (.doc, docx, or .pdf)

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* 31. If applicable, please provide an additional supporting document you wish the review board to consider (.doc, docx, or .pdf).

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* 32. Today's Date

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* 33. (Executive Director or designee) By typing my name here I confirm that I am authorized to submit this application on behalf of my organization.

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