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The Legacy Foundation supports programs, projects, and capital expenditures in the areas of: Health, Education, Recreation, Human and Social Services, Aging, and the Arts. Support may also be given to requests for "seed" money for new or innovative projects or programs. Grant applications deadlines are April 15th for the Spring cycle, and September 15th for the Fall cycle.

As the Foundation receives more requests for grants annually than its endowment can currently support, the board of directors employs a priority rating system to determine the quality-of-life impact of each potential grant. A consensus is reached on the most positive impact grants at the grant review meeting in the spring and fall. Grants are restricted to charitable organizations and philanthropic activities.  

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. The Legacy Foundation partners with United Way of Tompkins County, using their grant platform Foundant for all grant submissions. To access Foundant, click here; for directions in using Foundant, click here  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 from Gregg Houck at ghouck@uwtc.org. Please direct all other questions to Jean McPheeters, director@tclegacy.org.

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