Community Grants for Nonprofits

Funding opportunities are available at different times and with different criteria. Please check here for all grant rounds that are available at this time. New ones are posted throughout the year.

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Submit a Funding Opportunity!

Our funding opportunities catalog is a new online directory of needs submitted to us by nonprofit organizations. We share these opportunities with our fundholders and other funding partners in hopes of their support. The catalog includes a brief summary about the organization and the project, program, or other need for which they are requesting support.

Requests should be for projects and programs with an immediate need for funding over the next 3-6 months of $2,500 or less, not including general support. Organizations can submit more than one request.

Education, Health & Sciences Grant Round

June 30
Deadline
Apply

The Community Foundation is seeking applications from nonprofit partners for outcomes-driven programs or projects which focus on Education, Health, and/or Sciences and benefit residents of any age in Herkimer and/or Oneida counties.

Each focus area is defined by the following characteristics: 

EducationProjects, programs, or activities that aim to transmit knowledge, strengthen skills, and/or teach a particular topic or trade.
 
HealthProjects, programs, or activities that aim to nurture and improve physical, mental, and/or social well-being.
 
SciencesProjects, programs, or activities that study/enhance scientific objectives (e.g., physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences). 

Important Deadlines

  • Submissions will be accepted starting June 1, 2024, through June 30, 2024, at 11:59 PM (EST)
  • Award notifications will be made within 60 days of the submission deadline

Eligibility

  • New programs or projects in need of funding must begin no earlier than July 2024. If your request is for an existing or ongoing program/project, all expenses incurred prior to July 2024 do not qualify for funding. All programs/projects should have identifiable and measurable outcomes with a definitive timeline for completion or outcomes to be achieved
  • Only one submission per organization will be considered for each funding round
  • Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, an organization with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, governmental institutions, educational institutions, or faith-based organizations seeking support for projects/programs that address non-religious needs or issues, serving diverse constituencies without regard to religious affiliation

Ineligible Funding Requests

  • Applications for projects, programs, or activities that relate to animals and/or the arts
  • Financial assistance or loans to individuals
  • Funding for religious or faith-based specific programming
  • Organizational payroll and operational needs
  • Expenses already incurred (projects in process/already completed)

Please note requests submitted through this grant round will be shared with Community Foundation fundholders as potential funding opportunities that they may choose to support. There is no guarantee of funding.

First Responders Grant Round

June 30
Deadline
Apply

The First Responders Grant Round will award up to $2,000 to organizations in New York and other states to help meet the education, training, lifesaving equipment and mental health needs of fire, emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement agencies.

 Important Deadlines

  • Submissions will be accepted starting Saturday, June 1, 2024, through Sunday, June 30, 2024, at 11:59 PM.

Eligibility

  • Program or project will directly support the education, training, lifesaving equipment and mental health needs of first responders
  • All grant funds will be used for direct program expenses
  • Recipient must be an eligible 501(c)(3) or government entity

This grant round is made possible by the Hero Fund America Fund. To learn more about the fund, visit foundationhoc.org/hero.

Adirondack League Club Grant Round for Old Forge

July 31
Deadline

The Adirondack League Club Grant Round for Old Forge supports nonprofit organizations that have programs and projects that directly serve Old Forge, the Town of Webb, and/or the Adirondack Region. This grant round is open to nonprofit organizations by invitation only. Please contact Development & Fundholder Engagement Strategist Ely Arnone-Earl, earnone-earl@foundationhoc.org, with questions about eligibility. 

The mission of the Adirondack League Club Community Fund, a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation, is to enhance the vitality of communities in the two counties by providing financial support to nonprofit organizations that contribute to the quality of life and well-being of residents. Awards from the fund support programs and projects that:
  • Offer the greatest opportunity for positive and significant change in the community
  • Address and provide creative solutions for longstanding or emerging community issues
  • Result in outcomes that will make a difference
  • Leverage investment of other community resources
  • Improve the quality or scope of charitable works in the community

Helpful Harvest Grant Round

October 31
Deadline

To help nonprofits meeting increased Herkimer and Oneida county resident need stemming from economic difficulty and food insecurity, the Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties has established the Helpful Harvest Fund. To ensure the greatest possible impact for the fund’s awards, the Community Foundation seeks information from human service organizations including, but not limited to, food pantries, soup kitchens, and/or shelters. Our goal is to support those groups in greatest need and/or those serving the greatest number of residents during November and December. Eligibility details will be shared as the grant round approaches. 

Education, Health & Sciences Grant Round

October 31
Deadline

The Community Foundation is seeking applications from nonprofit partners for outcomes-driven programs or projects which focus on Education, Health, and/or Sciences and benefit residents of any age in Herkimer and/or Oneida counties.

Each focus area is defined by the following characteristics: 

EducationProjects, programs, or activities that aim to transmit knowledge, strengthen skills, and/or teach a particular topic or trade.
 
HealthProjects, programs, or activities that aim to nurture and improve physical, mental, and/or social well-being.
 
SciencesProjects, programs, or activities that study/enhance scientific objectives (e.g., physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences). 

Important Deadlines

  • Submissions will be accepted starting October 1, 2024, through October 31, 2024, at 11:59 PM (EST)
  • Award notifications will be made within 60 days of the submission deadline

Eligibility

  • Funding requests of $2,500 - $30,000 will be considered
  • Programs or projects in need of funding must begin no earlier than December 2024 and have identifiable and measurable outcomes with a definitive timeline for completion or outcomes to be achieved
  • Only one submission per organization will be considered for each funding round
  • Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, an organization with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor, governmental institutions, educational institutions, or faith-based organizations seeking support for projects/programs that address non-religious needs or issues, serving diverse constituencies without regard to religious affiliation

Ineligible Funding Requests

  • Financial assistance or loans to individuals
  • Funding for religious or faith-based specific programming
  • Organizational payroll and operational needs
  • Expenses already incurred (projects in process/already completed)

Please note requests submitted through this grant round will be shared with Community Foundation fundholders as potential funding opportunities that they may choose to support. There is no guarantee of funding.

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