Park Foundation’s application process strives to minimize unnecessary work for prospective grantees while collecting the information needed to determine whether a project, program or organization has funding potential.
Before developing a proposal, prospective grantees should consult Program Interests to determine the potential for funding. Calls or emails to program staff are also welcome to help assess fit with program interests. Proposals are reviewed on a quarterly basis; please see the application deadlines below. Letters of Inquiry (LOI) are accepted at any time. Once an LOI is submitted, please do not submit a full proposal unless contacted by a staff member.
Proposals are considered a confidential communication between the applicant and the Foundation. The Foundation reserves the right to seek input from outside individuals as part of its review process. This may include other funders, partner organizations and members of the impacted community. Information obtained as part of this review is considered confidential to the Foundation but may be shared with the grantee if deemed appropriate and helpful to them.
Although we encourage applying electronically through our portal, (Full Proposal Letter of Inquiry ) emailed or faxed proposals or letters of inquiry are accepted with prior approval from the Foundation.
To reduce paper and encourage timely submissions, applicants may submit Letters of Inquiry and full proposals electronically through our portal. Prospective applicants may want to consider submitting a Letter of Inquiry as a preliminary step before submitting a full proposal. Although a Letter of Inquiry is not required before submitting a full proposal, the Foundation does recommend it specifically for (1) documentary requests; (2) when an organization is new to the Foundation; or 3) if the applicant is unsure whether the request fits the Foundation’s guidelines.
If you have previously applied, or are currently working on an application through our electronic portal, please click here to continue.
If this is your first time applying through the electronic portal click one of the links below:
FULL GRANT PROPOSAL click here
LETTER OF INQUIRY click here
If applicants have questions about the electronic forms or process, please call our office at 607.272.9124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please use the application documents provided below and submit all written correspondence to:
Park Foundation, Inc.,
140 Seneca Way, Suite 100
Ithaca, NY 14850
- Right-click on the link to the document
- Select “Save Target As” or “Save Link As.”
- Save the document to your hard drive. You may want to make a note of where you saved it.
- Open PDFs in Adobe Reader. Open Word documents in Microsoft Word.
- You can also open the file in the appropriate program by double-clicking in the file on your computer after downloading it.
Park Foundation offices are closed for most federal Holidays from 12/24/20-1/2/21.
Proposals must arrive at the Foundation’s office by the dates listed to be considered for a grant at the next quarterly Board meeting. All proposals received will be acknowledged by email, usually within a week of receipt. While the Foundation does not guarantee it, most decisions on full proposals are made within the quarter. Occasionally, proposals are deferred to a subsequent quarter for reasons of volume, need for additional review, or other circumstances. Applicants will be notified if a deferral occurs.
Foundation staff may be reached at 607.272.9124, or questions can be directed to email@example.com, and they will be forwarded to the appropriate staff for response.