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-G
rants. Applications are due September 1.

The Sustainable Tompkins Neighborhood Mini-Grant program
support for initiatives promoting environmental sustainability and social
and economic vitality in Tompkins County.

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.

Individuals, organizations, and neighborhood groups 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.

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

Sasha Paris
Office Assistant
Sustainable Tompkins
309 N. Aurora Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
Office phone: 607-272-1720

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