Do you have an idea for a project to make our community more resilient or more inclusive? Need a little help in covering the costs?  Sustainable Tompkins is accepting applications for our fall round of Neighborhood Mini-Grants.  Applications are due September 1.

The Neighborhood Mini-Grant program provides support for initiatives promoting environmental sustainability and social and economic vitality in Tompkins County. Individuals, neighborhood groups, and organizations are welcome to apply, as are modest-income owners of micro-enterprises seeking to green their operations or extend their services to low-income clientele.

Successful initiatives supported by Neighborhood Mini-Grants in 2016 and 2017 include textile-making courses and workshops at Luna Fiber Studio, creation of a “pop-up” farmers’ market in Freeville, bike rack installation at the Friends of the Tompkins County Public Library book sale headquarters, and the 2017 Farm to Plate Conference run by the Groundswell Center for Local Food and Farming. Mini-Grants were most recently awarded to the Varna Community Association for water-saving toilets and signage at the Varna Community Center and to OAR of Tompkins County for creating a vegetable garden and fruit tree grove at its new Endeavor house for men transitioning out of prison.

Grants range from $150-$750 and have been awarded to diverse entities for locally-based initiatives supporting sustainable food systems, alternative transportation, waste reduction, energy conservation, renewable energy production, environmental education, social justice, and community building. Proposals are reviewed quarterly by a team of community members. The program is sponsored by the Park Foundation, Beck Equipment, Natural Investments, Finger Lakes Wealth Management, Craig Riecke, and local donors.

Applications are due on or before September 1, 2017. To request an application form, or if you have questions, please contact