These guidelines are intended to provide a broad sense of the Foundation's program interests and priorities. They are not intended to be prescriptive or reduce the potential for presentation of creative ideas and innovative solutions.

The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for-profit entities, endowments or for debt reduction. Capital grants are highly selective and generally limited to nonprofits in Tompkins County, NY. Eligible organizations must be classified under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Prospective grantees are encouraged to review these guidelines. If they believe their work may fit into the Foundation's interests, they should contact the Foundation before submitting a full proposal. Contact can be by telephone, short email, or letter of inquiry. For contact information see Contact Us.

Higher Education

The Foundation's support is limited to undergraduate scholarships at two academic institutions where the late Roy Hampton Park, Sr. had significant affiliations and served as a trustee: Ithaca College and North Carolina State University. Park Scholarships support educational opportunities for exceptional students to develop in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

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The Foundation supports public interest media that raises awareness of critical environmental, political and social issues to promote a better informed citizenry in the U.S. It supports quality, non-commercial media that is substantive, fair, and accurate. Program priorities include investigative journalism, media policy and public broadcasting.

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The Foundation supports efforts that work to ensure drinking water in the United States is clean, affordable and accessible, and is protected and managed as a public necessity. It is willing to consider diverse approaches that raise awareness and offer solutions to drinking water concerns, including, but not limited to, policy development, advocacy, organizing, and media activities.

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Animal Welfare

The Foundation supports nationally-significant efforts to ensure the humane treatment, care and well-being of domestic animals and the protection and conservation of endangered wildlife and wildlife in captivity in the U.S. The program supports innovative, comprehensive, solution-oriented models that lead to systemic change, reduce suffering, and foster a more compassionate society.

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Sustainable Ithaca

The Foundation supports efforts to help Tompkins County become a fully sustainable community – environmentally, socially and economically. Priority is given to projects that incorporate a collaborative approach to reaching sustainability goals. Priority is also given to projects that utilize inclusive approaches to address racial, economic and other forms of inequality.

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Community Needs

The Foundation seeks to meet the basic needs of low income and underserved people in Tompkins County, NY and to alleviate the impacts of poverty. Priority is given to programs that serve people who are vulnerable to social and economic challenges including homelessness, food insecurity, racial inequity, poor physical and mental health outcomes, poor academic performance, school drop-out, illiteracy, and unemployment. Programs serving all ages are supported but youth populations are given higher priority.

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