How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a capacity building, capital, general operating, or program/project grant, we would love to hear from you! Out of respect for your time, we encourage prospective applicants to review our Grant Guidelines and reach out to the Klee Foundation to confirm eligibility and fit before entering our grant process.

You can reach the Klee Foundation by phone at 607.722.2266 or email at info@kleefoundation.org

Current Funding Opportunities:


2024 Open Grant Cycle –
Ongoing opportunity for mission-aligned organizations to apply for Capacity Building, Capital, Program/Project or General Operating Support.

2024 Community Changemaker Micro-Grant Cycle – A NEW, limited-time funding opportunity for Summer 2024. See details below.

Community Changemaker Micro-Grant Program

Changemakers are people who take action to improve the environment around them. Often working quietly behind the scenes, they are the volunteers whose freely given efforts make things happen.

The Community Changemaker Micro-Grant Program is dedicated to fully volunteer-powered groups or organizations that have an idea for improving well-being in their community.

To apply for a Community Changemaker Micro-Grant of up to $5,000, organizations must:

  • Be a 501(c)3 organization based in Broome County, New York.
    • Groups/Organizations who do NOT have 501(c)3 status may be eligible if they are affiliated with a Broome County-based 501(c)3 organization who agrees to serve as a fiscal sponsor.
  • Be a fully volunteer-run organization.
    • We are specifically looking to support community-driven, grassroots efforts.

CRITERIA

  1. Projects should build community engagement while addressing a problem/issue that you and your neighbors are facing. Creativity and collaboration are encouraged!
  2. Projects must take place and funds must be spent by December 31, 2024.

Additionally, as funding is limited, organizations:

  • Should not have another dedicated source of funding for the proposed project. Funds should enable you to do something you could not otherwise do.
  • Must restrict all micro-grant funds to the proposed project costs.

Please note, the Klee Foundation does not make grants to or for the following:

  • To individuals.
  • For religious entities (churches/agencies) or programs that have a religious component.
  • To support special events, such as concerts or festivals, conferences, etc., unless there is a defined and lasting impact (i.e. a community clean-up day).
  • For reimbursement of costs previously incurred.

Examples of eligible projects include – Establishing a community garden; Creating a walking trail; Hosting a summer literacy program; a Neighborhood Beautification initiative.

The Community Changemaker Micro-Grant Application will be open June 5-July 5.

Please note, projects that support volunteerism, encourage social connectedness, and/or foster vibrant environments will be given special consideration.

Micro-Grant Awards will be announced in late July.

If you have any questions about your project’s eligibility or the application process, please contact the Klee Foundation office at 607.722.2266 or info@kleefoundation.org.


Ready to Apply for a Klee Foundation grant?

Create a new account or log in to our online grant management system HERE!

  • If you have applied in the past, log in using your username and password.
  • If you are applying for the first time, simply follow the instructions for creating an account.