Grant Guidelines/Application


 Download the 2018 General Guidelines as PDF file

 Download the 2018 Funding Application as PDF file

Applications can be mailed to:
The Eden Community Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 96, Eden NY 14057

Any entity whose programs or activities directly benefit the Eden community can apply for a grant. If the entity is not physically located in the Town of Eden, the contribution must be specifically earmarked for local programs and activities.

Grant applications must be submitted by the entity that, if a grant is awarded and paid, will ultimately receive the funds. The person submitting the grant application must be an authorized representative of the entity.

The Eden Community Foundation, Inc. (“ECF”) has established a review committee that evaluates grant applications and provides recommendations to the ECF’s Board of Directors. The Board of Directors makes funding decisions.

Requests will be reviewed twice each year with applications due April 1st and October 1st. Applicants will be told if their grant request was approved or not approximately two months following the due date.


1) Priority will be given to the following:

  • not-for-profit entities.
  • potential impact and the number of people who will benefit.
  • programs representing innovative, efficient approaches to serving community needs.
  • requests which will assist those citizens whose needs are not being met by existing programs or services.
  • organizations who work cooperatively with other agencies in the community to encourage efficient use of community resources and elimination of duplicated services.
  • projects which promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement.
  • projects and activities that expect to test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solutions of community problems.
  • entities which demonstrate fiscal responsibility, sound management, and the ability to complete, deliver or provide the services or programs presented in the grant request. Therefore, careful consideration is given to the commitment and composition of the requesting entity’s board, officers, and project leaders.

2) Grants will not usually be provided:

  • to an individual. Payments are made to the requesting entity.
  • to establish or add to endowment funds, general operating budgets of existing organizations, publication of books or programs, conferences (including travel and expenses), annual fund raising campaigns, or political campaigns.
  • to supplant tax funds for projects or activities that would ordinarily receive public support.
  • to fund special projects sponsored by educational or religious institutions unless the benefit the community as a whole.
  • for the personal gain of an individual.

3) If a grant is awarded:

  • projects are expected to be completed within one year after the grant is awarded. The grant may be cancelled by the ECF if not used within that time frame. Extension requests must be made in writing to the ECF and may or may not be approved.
  • it will normally be paid upon completion of the project; however, payment may be made on an alternate schedule as specified in the grant award letter.
  • the ECF will provide funds once the entity has satisfied conditions specified in the grant award letter such as providing evidence of project completion and expenditures.