As of October 2020, the Neighborhood Mini-Grant program has awarded $77,478 to support 196 innovative grassroots projects throughout Tompkins County since we started in 2008. Our goal is to support and stimulate resident-based, grassroots initiatives that improve the quality of life of residents by building capacity, resilience, and leadership through collaborative projects.

Eligible applicants are residents of Tompkins County, including neighborhood or community organizations, small businesses, groups of neighbors with a specific project in mind, or civic-minded individuals who can show community support for their project.

Grants are for small, relatively simple projects that in some way support or “seed” greater equity, self-sufficiency, and lasting social, economic and environmental health. Our Mini-Grant Council, comprised of local citizens and Sustainable Tompkins’ board and staff, reviews applications biannually in spring and fall.

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