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Community Grants Program

The Ithaca Health Alliance mission is to facilitate access to health care for all, with a focus on the needs of the uninsured of the state of New York. The Health Fund has been established to facilitate access to health care and wellness of our community. Community Grants from the Health Fund to outside organizations contribute to our communities' general health and wellbeing through specific health and wellness projects.

Organizations interested in applying for grants should complete an application and send it to Health Alliance. The administrative coordinator will ensure that the application is complete. The Finance Committee of the Ithaca Health Alliance Board reviews applications and makes granting recommendations.

Senior and youth participants in the Phoenix Intergenerational Program created by Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. An Ithaca Health Alliance community grant helped start this program in 2007.

Potential grantable activities include:
Health services or projects
Health education
Increasing access to health & wellness
Procurement of supplies or professional services for health program development

Other considerations affecting the community grants program are:
Community Grants are available only to nonprofit entities
Priority will be given to new applying organizations, over return applicants.
Preference will be given to organizations operating within 30 miles of Ithaca, New York; organizations may only apply for Community Grants for projects conducted within the state of New York. Grant applicants will be notified by the IHA administrative coordinator regarding the status of their application; rejected grants will include rationale for rejection.
The Ithaca Health Fund typically awards Community Grants of around $200. Community Grants come through the Alliance's donor-advised funds at the Community Foundation of Tompkins County.

Organizations interested in applying for an Ithaca Health Alliance Community Grant can download the application form here. We invite you to email us at for more information or if you have questions about your project's eligibility.

Past grantee organizations include: the Tioga Office of the Aging for their 2005 senior health fair, Cayuga Nature Center for CPR training and first aid supplies for BobCat summer camp counselors, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County for subsidized community supported agriculture (CSA) farm shares for low income families with free nutrition and cooking classes, Riverside School PFCO for the 2006 Kids' Health Walk, Lakeside Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the Phoenix Intergenerational Program, Bridges for Youth and Families for personal hygeine supplies for runaway youth, and Community Wellness Day for a holistic wellness fair. Recent grants have supported the 2010 Ithaca Community Wellness Day, and the TC3 Student Health Center's "Panther Fitness Challenge" project.

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