The Tompkins County Community Beautification Program traditionally provides grants to municipalities in Tompkins County outside of the City of Ithaca. These grants are funded by the Tompkins County Tourism Program, and can be used to beautify areas in the county where tourists may go: main roads, public buildings, parks, etc. The money can be used for landscaping, planters, signage, murals, and possibly other uses that could be considered beautification.
UPDATE NOV 2020: DUE TO COVID-RELATED BUDGET CHANGES, WE ARE UNABLE TO SUPPORT RURAL GRANTS AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER, BEAUTIFICATION MAY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE A LIMITED QUANTITY OF PLANTS FOR THE 2021 GROWING SEASON. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR PLANTS FOR 2021, PLEASE SUBMIT AN APPLICATION BY MARCH 1, 2021. APPPLICATIONS WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE BY FEBRUARY 1ST.
We hope to have the grant program available for Spring of 2022. The procedure for applying for a grant will be similar, but with specific deadlines.
In order to receive a grant, the applicant must get approval from the Tompkins County Community Beautification Coordinator and from the Town Supervisor or Mayor of their municipality. The municipality will provide the money for the project and will be reimbursed by the Community Beautification Program when the project is finished. The money can be used to buy supplies and to hire people to do some or all of the project. The money cannot be used to pay municipal personnel already on the payroll.
Another aspect of these grants is that they are matching grants. The match can be in the form of money, supplies, and/or labor. Volunteer labor is most commonly used for the match and is currently valued at the 2019 rate of $25.43/hour. This means, for example, a $1,500 grant only needs 59 volunteer hours for the match.
Applications are due by March 1st and recipients will be notified by April 1s. To find out more about these grants, contact us before starting work on the project. The grant guidelines can be downloaded from the link in the left sidebar.
Reports for reimbursement are due Nov. 30 each year.
Last updated January 29, 2021