The mission of the Social Service League of Ithaca is to support Tompkins County not-for-profit, human service organizations in their work to address the most significant community needs. Any not-for-profit, incorporated, human/social service provider in Tompkins County is eligible to apply. Public/government agencies and individuals are not eligible to receive funds. Projects must show the ability to sustain themselves without continuing support from the League. Funding is not granted for capital fund drives or deficits. For more information, read the Social Service League brochure or contact Tamara Beardsley at the Human Services Coalition at 607.273.8686.


2019 – 20 Grant Application Information

The Social Service League accepts grant applications once per year, generally in the fall.  The 2019-20 application process is now open.  The grant deadline is Monday, November 4, 2019.  Please ensure your application will be received by November 4th.

We ask that you fill out the online form if possible.  Please note that the online form will not save so we recommend copy/pasting your information from another file just prior to submitting your application.

If you are unable to utilize the online form, you may download a copy of the application form as a Word document here.


2018-2019 Award Recipients

The Social Service League allocated $12,000 to 10 organizations for the 2018-2019 funding cycle. The Human Services Coalition provided technical support and facilitate the funding process. 

numerous organization representatives standing in front of a wall at the Social Service League of Ithaca grant awards reception

Social Service League Grant Recipients and Board Members at the 2018 Awards Event


See more photos from the Social Service League’s Ninth Annual Awards Reception on December 11, 2018


Name of Organization Project Title
Advocacy Center of Tompkins County Urgent Needs Fund
Foodnet Meals on Wheels Adding Ingredients for Nutritional Health
Gadabout Transportation Services Gadabout Wheelchair Securements
Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties Tools for Change
OAR of Tompkins County Transportation Assistance
Racker Assistive Technology for Children with Communication Challenges
St. John’s Episcopal Church Ceiling Fans for Loaves & Fishes
Tompkins Learning Partners Assessment Support for Adult Basic Education and Citizenship Students
Ultimate Reentry Opportunity Initiative Beyond the Box Job Fair
Youth Farm Project Social Justice Lending Library


Social Service League Board of Directors

Debra Traunstein
Fred Schoeps
Audrey Cooper
Steph Bailey
Diana Garcia
Linda Madeo