With the current health crisis, the staff at Park Foundation are highly encouraging the use of our web portal ( Full Proposal  Letter of Inquiry ) for all proposals and letters of inquiry.  We are working remotely and would like to lessen the amount of mail that we have to handle, thus lowering our exposure to the virus.  If you have extenuating circumstances please email info@parkfoundation.org and it will be forwarded to the correct program officer to handle your situation.

2023 Proposal Deadlines:

  • January 6, 2023
  • March 24, 2023
  • July 7, 2023
  • September 22, 2023
  • January 5, 2023 (Tentative)

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.



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:



If applicants have questions about the electronic forms or process, please call our office at 607.272.9124 or email info@parkfoundation.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
email: info@parkfoundation.org

The application instructions and form are downloadable here: PROPOSAL SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS AND FORM (WORD/PDF)* 

The letter of inquiry form is available and downloadable here: LETTER OF INQUIRY (WORD/PDF)*

*Download Documents:

  • 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.
2023 Proposal Submission Deadlines

January 7
March 24
July 7
September 22

Park Foundation offices are closed for most federal Holidays and from 12/24/21-1/3/22.

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.

General Inquiries

Foundation staff may be reached at 607.272.9124, or questions can be directed to info@parkfoundation.org, and they will be forwarded to the appropriate staff for response.