Ithaca — A cohort of current high school students will receive the bulk of the Tompkins County grants announced by the Park Foundation, with more than $3 million in support of students in Ithaca College’s class of 2017.
Those Park Scholars will receive $3,281,010 in undergraduate scholarships in communications, while the other $534,223 will go to organizations, projects and programs in Tompkins County.
The Foundation’s board of trustees approved the grants at their March meeting, according to a statement from the organization. The trustees approved $5,895,823 in total grants for higher education, media, environment and animal welfare programs, with more than half of that amount dedicated to the Ithaca College scholarships and Tompkins County programs.
In Tompkins County, the grants ranged from $3,000 up to $90,000. The largest grant went to Social Ventures for ongoing support of Sustainable Tompkins Neighborhood Minigrant Program, Finger Lakes Energy Challenge, Finger Lakes Climate Fund, and general support, according to the Foundation.
Various programs through Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County received $154,000 in funds. The largest at $74,000 went to the group’s Gardens for Humanity program addressing food justice and food security for low-income households. Other Cornell Cooperative initiatives to receive funding include a web-based fundraising platform ($10,000), a local building initiative ($15,000), a health food program ($40,000), and the 4-H ($15,000).
Visit www.ithacajournal.com to see the full list of grant awardees.