The Foundation supports programs and projects in the areas of health, education, recreation, human and social services, aging, and the arts in Tompkins County. Support is also given to requests for capital expenditures and "seed" money for new or innovative projects or programs.
Grants are restricted to charitable and philanthropic activities within Tompkins County and are not made for on-going operating budgets, endowments, for sectarian purposes or for loans or assistance to individuals. All grant requests are carefully screened to ensure that the grants distributed make maximum use of Legacy Foundation funds.

The procedure to apply for a grant:
1. All grant applicants must be within Tompkins County and be from a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization or one serving other charitable purposes.
2. Requests should be for a particular program or project, for a specific amount over a particular span of time. The foundation board is particularly interested in the impact of collaboration with other organizations of similar purpose in this or other projects.
3. In general, the Foundation does not make grants for on-going operating expenses, budget deficits, endowments, for sectarian purposes, or for loans or assistance to individuals.
4. Grant requests will be considered at the Foundation's spring and fall meetings. Deadline dates for submittal of your request are April 15th for the spring and September 15th for the fall.
5. As of April 2014 Legacy Foundation, partnering with United Way of Tompkins County, transitioned to an online application procedure. Grant applications were previously submitted in the new browser-based platform, Apricot. As of August of 2019, United Way of Tompkins County and Legacy have changed grant platforms and are now using Foundant. To access Foundant, please follow the link:; for directions in using Foundant, please use the following link:
Applicants with an existing username and password may log in to their existing account. New applicants will create an account following system prompts. You may submit questions and receive assistance relative to creating an account at
Please direct all other questions to Janet Hewitt,

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