Grant Guidelines

The Opportunity: Nationwide and in every community in America, charitable nonprofits provide vital services and are a key sector of the economy employing more than 12.5 million people prior to the pandemic. During the pandemic, tens of millions of Americans turned to charitable organizations for help and nonprofits expanded and exceeded their capacity to meet the unprecedented need. Resources have declined for nonprofits as a result of the pandemic and the nonprofit workforce has shrunk by 13.2%. Some nonprofits have recovered but many have not. For communities and local economies to recover, governments need to invest in the work of nonprofits. To that end, the City of Binghamton is partnering with the Community Foundation for South Central NY to distribute funds from their portion of the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (CSLFRF) of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). This allocation has been exclusively set aside for nonprofits in the City of Binghamton. The typical grant will range from $25,000 – $100,000. The application process and guidelines are as follows:

Inquiries: To make an inquiry to the City of Binghamton ARPA Fund for Youth Serving Organizations, please go to and log in or create an account at the link provided under our “Grant Seekers” tab. After successfully logging on, click the highlighted link “2023 City of Binghamton ARPA Fund,” complete and submit the online Letter of Inquiry.  

Application: Once the Letters of Inquiry have been reviewed there will be two options: an organization will be invited to complete a full application and instructions will be sent at that time or an organization is not chosen to submit a full application and will be informed immediately. Contact Tina Barber, Program Officer at or Stacy Mastrogiacomo, Program Officer at with any questions regarding this opportunity. 

Submission Deadlines:

  • Letter of Inquiry will be due on June 2, 2023
  • If invited to apply, full application will be due July 30, 2023
  • Grant awards will be announced late August 2023

Who May Qualify?

  • Any 501(c)(3) where a grant will benefit the City of Binghamton and its residents
  • Organizations requiring a fiscal sponsor may be eligible to apply, please inquire before submitting
    an LOI.

Areas of Interest:
—Youth Services: The fund will accept inquiries from organizations that serve youth in the City of Binghamton. Afterschool, tutoring, mentoring, in-school support, family engagement, and workforce programs will all be considered.

Types of Support Available:
– Programs that address a specific, demonstrated community need. The opportunity is especially interested in funding programs that strengthen and expand the capacity of organizations that provide mental health, youth, women’s healthcare, and low-income housing services.
Operating Support
– Proposals from established organizations that are in financial distress due to a reduction in traditional funding sources for operations (e.g. individual contributions, event revenue, federal/state/local budget reductions). Requests for this short-term assistance must include a plan that will improve the organization’s long-term sustainability.
Capacity Building
– Proposals that build organizational capacity. Of particular interest are proposals that build an organizations capacity to deliver youth, mental health, women’s healthcare, and low-income housing services.

Inquiries Will Not Be Considered For:
• Funding to reimburse an organization for costs that were incurred prior to the date the grant was awarded.
• Funding for capital projects and/or campaigns
• Funding to pay existing mortgages
• Grants to individuals
• Funding for religious purposes

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about submission procedures or the development of your online inquiry/application. Please contact Stacy Mastrogiacomo, Program Officer at 607-752-2317 or via e-mail:

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