The Community Foundation of Otsego County partners with other nonprofit agencies to deliver services to the Otsego County region. Our mission is to improve the quality of life and the prosperity for all people in our area. We value respect, collaboration, inclusion, imagination, accountability, integrity and stewardship. View our Vision, Mission, and Values Statement.
Our discretionary awards are to programs that meet our mission and acknowledge our values. As a young organization, we do not yet have the resources to address all worthy causes and must set priorities. These priorities are established by our Board of Directors, with input from many members of our community.
In addition to our program awards, we also assist donors in issuing grants under Donor Advised Funds and Field of Interest Funds. Unless noted under Current Programs, there is no application process for these grants.
The specific goals for our awards depend upon the priorities of the program under which awards are issued. For example, our COVID-19 Fund has four priorities addressing the health and financial impacts of the pandemic virus: 1) support first line defenders who risk their own health to deliver essential services to our community; 2) support those members of our community who have suffered from the virus either through health or finances; 3) provide resources to small businesses as they recover from the effects of the virus; and 4) address barriers that prevent Otsego County residents and those who work in the County from getting a COVID-19 vaccine. We will continue accepting proposals until the full $219,000–raised through the generosity of more than 300 people–is awarded. Go to COVID-19 for further information.
The 2021 Award Cycle, with an allocation of $200,000, is now accepting applications as well. Go to 2021 Awards Cycle for further information.
The process for awards that require applications
Our applicants must be qualified nonprofit organizations (501c3). Other special entities may qualify for awards. If you are interested in applying for an award, we ask you read the materials posted on our website and if there are any questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are very glad to answer your questions. Please note that we do not issue awards to individuals or private enterprises.
All award applicants must complete the on-line application (including submitting all attachments). Once your application is complete, our review begins. Our Initiatives Committee reviews the application and recommends action to our Board (or to its designated Executive Committee) which makes a final determination. We send you an award letter that contains the conditions under which you agree to accept our award. Upon your acceptance, we issue a check.
We request you provide us with a final report once the purpose for which the award was issued has been met. We may also request interim progress reports for certain awards that may take a long time to complete.
We strive to make it easy to apply for an award. If you have suggestions for how we can further improve our process, please let us know.