• Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties: “Building Community” project will expand existing “Women Build” project to include more women and young adult women by offering training in construction trades and essential skills for their own empowered futures. This innovative program educates women and young adult women in real-life home construction and employable skills, builds community and increases engagement.



  1. OAR (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources): Grant to supply telephones for client use due to an unexpected shortage of phones.
  2. MRC (Multicultural Resource Center)Stipend for two youth organizers due to an unexpected cut in summer funding.
  3. Advocacy Center of Tompkins County: Funds to help rebuild fire escape at confidential domestic violence shelter.


  • Global Roots Play School, Ithaca Welcomes Refugees:  Global Roots Play School is a nurturing, half-day nursery school program where refugee and immigrant women can send their young children so they can attend their own English classes or tutoring sessions. This grant will be used to expand community building by increasing individual meetings and community activities for mothers.


  • 2019 Ithaca Free Clinic Healthcare and Diagnostic Services for Women, Ithaca Free Clinic:
    These funds will help support access to diagnostic and medical testing required to meet the unique health care needs of women utilizing Ithaca Free Clinic primary, therapeutic and preventive health care services. They play an important role providing testing for women lacking health insurance or who are under-insured or unable to take advantage of other community medical support services.
  • A Place to Stay: Moving Up, Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga:
    A Place to Stay is a transitional housing program designed to provide 90 day stays to homeless women as they work on their goals of self-sufficiency, chief of these being permanent rental housing. This year’s grant will help cover the different needs involved when moving into their own residence.
  • Advocacy Center Therapy Program, Advocacy Center of Tompkins County:
    The Advocacy Center provides comprehensive services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. This grant helps support individual crisis therapy sessions designed to provide low barrier mental health services for female victims who need specialized therapy services.
  • College Initiative Upstate: Wise Women, OAR (Opportunities, Alternatives and Resources) of Tompkins County:
    OAR will use this grant as matching funds to assist women who are not able to proceed with plans to apply to, enroll in or continue college because of outstanding debts, fines, student loans or expenses related to emergency situations. CIU will match the student’s contribution toward satisfying her debt or expenses. Some of the funds will be used to purchase textbooks for enrolled students.
  • Enabling Successful Women and Children, Faculty Student Association (FSA) Childcare Center at Tompkins Cortland Community College:
    The Child Care Center at Tompkins Cortland Community College provides quality care and education to the college community’s children. This grant helps create a scholarship fund for low income women who fall at 100% of the poverty level guidelines and are not currently being subsidized for child care.
  • Gaia Girls, Ithaca Children’s Garden:
    The Ithaca Children’s Garden, a free and public garden open to all, will use grant funds for an after school program tailored for middle school aged girls. Girls will investigate topics of personal growth with environmental metaphors and comparisons. The program will seek to incorporate elements of their surroundings to ensure that girls find comfort and connection in the natural world as they find their way through the social world.
  • Global Roots Play School, Ithaca Welcomes Refugees:
    Global Roots Play School is a nurturing, half-day nursery school program where refugee and immigrant women can send their young children so they can attend their own English classes or tutoring sessions. This grant will be used to help subsidize monthly tuition costs for low-income women.
  • Graduated Leadership Employment and Development Skills Paid Partnership, Women’s Opportunity Center:
    The mission of the Women’s Opportunity Center is to lead “low income women out of poverty through career counseling, training and removing barriers to help them become job ready and find employment.” This grant will support one paid internship for a displaced homemaker to gain valuable work experience and help her learn or update skills for today’s job market.
  • Homebound Instructions for Immigrant and Refugee Women, Tompkins Learning Partners:
    Tompkins Learning Partners provides one-on-one instruction for adult learners in their Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language programs. This grant will provide the resources for in-home instruction for students who are unable to come to the office.
  • Meditation and Yoga for GIAC Senior Citizens, Greater Ithaca Activities Center:
    The Greater Ithaca Activities Center is a center for all ages, and serves the immediate neighborhood and the greater Ithaca area by providing multicultural, educational and recreational programs focused on social and individual development. This grant will provide a class in chair yoga for seniors because it requires less up and down movements and can be done by all abilities.
  • “Other Powers: Trauma Survivors Reclaim Joy” Multi-Media Presentation, CloseToHome Productions:
    CloseToHome Productions has been awarded a grant to help fund “Other Powers: Trauma Survivors Reclaim Joy” multi-media presentation. It is a collaboration with Ithaca filmmaker Sue Perlgut and Cornell Professor and Poet Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon focusing on inventive exploration of different cultural and intersectional experiences of trauma and healing.
  • Removing Road Blocks, Child Development Council of Central NY:
    The Child Development Council of Central NY promotes healthy development of children and families at home, in child care and in the community. This grant will assist the women enrolled in the Family Services program by removing the roadblocks that prevent them from meeting their education, employment and parenting goals. These roadblocks are varied and may include bus passes, application fees or even paying bills to access health care.
  • Ripples of Change: Promoting Diversity in Women’s Civic Leadership, Natural Leaders Initiative:
    Natural Leaders Initiative supports, catalyzes and accelerates the growth of Tompkins County grassroots leaders from communities under-represented in civic leadership, particularly communities of color, low/moderate communities and immigrants. This grant will help NLI offer of a leadership development series.
  • Strength in Girls @A+: Mindfulness and Yoga, BJM Enrichment Program:
    The BJM Enrichment Program offers affordable enrichment and extension activities at Beverly J. Martin Elementary School including focus on academics, life skills and STEM. This grant will support the second year of programming that empowers girls through yoga and mindfulness in order to reduce stress and inspire girls to use mindfulness and yoga practices throughout their lives.
  • Telling Histories: Women’s Oral History Project, The History Center in Tompkins County:
    The History Center will support young women ages 14-19 in exploring and uncovering hidden or untold histories about girls and women in Tompkins County. The participants will explore themes and question what matters to them in their communities, be trained on how to conduct oral history interviews, and each will interview on adult woman in the community related to their personal interests. They will transcribe their interviews and create an archival copy of the audio interviews.
  • Varna Kitchen Renovations, Varna Community Association:
    The Varna Community Center provides wholesome recreational and educational activities and a gathering place for the youth, senior citizens, charitable organizations and other members of the Varna and neighboring communities. This grant will help complete the upgrades to the center’s heavily used kitchen.
  • Women Homeowner’s Small Repair Materials Fund, Better Housing for Tompkins County:
    The Small Home Repair program, through the Construction Services Department at Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, provides elderly and disabled homeowners free, skilled labor for repairs to help maintain their homes in a secure and safe condition. The vast majority of clients are very low income, elderly women who live alone. This grant will supply financial assistance toward their repair materials for health and safety related housing needs.