A local grassroots group created Advocates for Springfield to promote good land uses in its town.  Since it began in the early 2000s, Advocates for Springfield has successfully encouraged the Town to adopt a comprehensive plan, a zoning ordinance, and other land use laws.  As the vision and actions of the Town’s governing bodies have aligned with the goals of the Advocates for Springfield, the group found it had worked itself out of a reason to exist. The group wanted its remaining financial resources to be put to good use for the benefit of Town residents.

Working with the Community Foundation of Otsego County, the group created a field of interest fund, the Advocates for Springfield Fund, to support the health and well-being of the Springfield community.

What We Fund through the Advocates for Springfield Fund 

  • Support for local nonprofit organizations that add to the fabric of the community, such as the volunteer fire department and the Library
  • Funds to supplement summer jobs that benefit the community, especially in childhood education.
  • Groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization are eligible but must submit evidence of the sponsorship (Funds will be disbursed through that sponsor, which must provide the information requestions in the application.)

What We Do Not Fund through the Advocates for Springfield Fund

  • direct grants to individuals
  • direct grants to businesses

Award Details

  • Awards up to $400.
  • The Community Foundation has allocated up to $1,400 for awards for 2023.
  • Applications will be reviewed by CFOC Staff.

Application Instructions

  • Applications must be submitted online.
  • Please answer all questions.
  • The first application deadline is May 16, 2023, with decisions made by June 1, 2023.
  • If an award is offered, funds will be disbursed upon written acceptance of our award and compliance with any conditions of the award.
  • If you receive an award, we request a brief summary of how the funds were used and the impact of the award.


Questions Welcome

If you have any questions about the application or the Fund, we are glad to help. Please email contact@cfotsego.org, or call 607-286-3750.

Advocates for Springfield Awards to date  
Springfield Historical Society$500A Timeline and exhibit illustrating the history of Springfield in celebration of the 225th anniversary of its founding
Springfield Library$500Springfield Library Summer Adult Educational Programming 2022
4th of July Parade (Town of Springfield)$500Towards items listed on 2019 budget

Have questions?

For more information, please contact us.