Social Service League Now Accepting 2021-2022 Grant Applications

2020-2021 Social Service League Grant Recipients

2020-2021 Social Service League Grant Recipients

The Social Service League of Ithaca Foundation is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2021-2022 grant program.  The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, October 22, 2021.

The mission of the Social Service League is to support Tompkins County nonprofit human service organizations in their work to address the most significant community needs. Any nonprofit, incorporated, human/social service provider in Tompkins County is eligible to apply.  This year’s Social Service League grant program is being conducted in memory of the late Audrey Cooper, a longtime community leader and Social Service League board member.
Requests for funding up to $3,000 will be accepted.  In previous grant cycles, average awards have typically ranged between $1,000 and $1,500.  Funding is not granted for capital fund drives, deficits, or proposals requiring ongoing support from the Social Service League.  The League does not support regular ongoing operating expenses, unless the request shows how the activity will be supported once grant funds are spent.

The Human Services Coalition supports the Social Service League in administering this grant program.

To access the online application and view the grant guidelines, visit

Organizations in Tompkins County meeting the grant guidelines are encouraged to apply and the Human Services Coalition welcomes any questions about the application.  Please contact John Mazzello at or 607-273-8686 x230 if you need more information.


About the Social Service League:
Originally established to support local families and to respond to the needs of a growing immigrant population, the Social Service League has been part of the human services community in Tompkins County since its founding in 1904. The League opened three settlement houses between 1918 and 1925, offering a full range of programs including nursery school, athletic and social events, classes, and educational and recreational facilities.  When the houses ended operation in the 1960s, the sales of the buildings formed the endowment for the current Social Service League Foundation.  This endowment supports annual grants to local organizations for projects consistent with the goals of the original League.

Since 1980, when the Human Services Coalition began providing support to the Social Service League, more than 334 grants totaling over $604,000 have been made to more than 100 local programs.

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