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All For The East End’s

Building Stronger Neighborhoods Program

Grant Guidelines

The Building Stronger Neighborhoods Program supports Long Island’s East End communities as they mobilize assets to enhance quality of life. All For The East End, a non-profit whose mission is to raise funds and awareness for the needs of the East End, has provided the funding for grants to be made through the All For the East End (AFTEE) Fund at the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF). The AFTEE Fund will award micro-grants up to $2,500 to support community nonprofit organizations that work to make the East End a better place to live, work and recreate. Projects funded by this program should be inspiring, actionable, and relevant to the local community.

LICF is a nonprofit, charitable organization that connects donors with the full spectrum of charitable organizations within our community.  We identify current and future community needs, strengthen the Island’s nonprofit sector, encourage philanthropy, and, with our generous donors, such as AFTEE, provide grants and build a permanent endowments to address these needs.  We believe in the power and potential of individuals and organizations to change communities, whether those communities are physical neighborhoods, a group of individuals with a common interest, or a cohort of organizations focused on similar issues.  As a community foundation, we play a variety of roles, but our key goal is to be the connecting point for various community groups to help us work together toward the common vision of a healthier, stronger Long Island.

Eligibility Requirements

Grant awards will be made to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that are located within and serve one or more of the five East End towns, which include, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, Southold, and East Hampton.  Proposals will be accepted to support projects and programs in the fields of health and welfare, the environment, arts and culture, education, and youth.  We are open to funding a wide variety of projects, though priority will be given to ideas that:

  • Bring diverse people together
  • Inspire community action
  • Present a solid strategy that is realistic and achievable
  • Are led by individuals who are trusted and recognized in the community
  • Well-defined projects with measurable outcomes
  • Address local east end priorities and needs

Types of projects that are eligible

  • Projects that create a clean, safe physical environment, promote sustainability, and protect the natural environment such as community gardens, neighborhood cleanups, marine life/fauna/flora preservation, etc.
  • Projects that create opportunities for learning and skill development such as workshops, trainings, afterschool programs, etc.
  • Projects that preserve a strong local, cultural, and spiritual heritage.
  • Projects supportive of individual and family well being such as food programs, neighborhood watch, youth employment, senior citizen supports, etc.
  • Projects that promote civic participation and leadership development, and build linkages among diverse groups.

Grants will not be made for

  • General support
  • One day events, fairs, festivals
  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • Government agencies
  • Purchase of property

Grant Review Process

  • TBD - announcement of grant opportunity
  • TBD - deadline for proposal submission
  • TBD - announcement of grant awards    

Click here for the instructions and fillable application forms. NO HANDWRITTEN APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Only one application per organization is permitted. Please note: the application for the AFTEE Fund is different than LICF or LIUU narratives.

LICF has appointed an advisory committee consisting of one representative from each of the five East End towns to provide local knowledge regarding the East End nonprofit sector, communities, and pressing issues.  The advisory committee members will make recommendations to assist LICF staff in determining the projects to be funded.  Final grant award decisions will be determined by LICF.

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