ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) - A community recovery fund will soon be available to provide over $6.5 million in grant funding for various organizations in Tompkins County.

Eligible organizations include nonprofits, impacted small businesses, healthcare providers, and government entities.

These organizations will be able to apply for grants of $10,000 or more to support projects and provide services that will aid in the recovery from COVID-19. Such projects and services include childcare, small businesses, healthcare, education, and housing.

"This is a transformative investment in our community," said Shawna Black, Chairwoman of the Tompkins County Legislature. "We're looking forward to seeing applications from local organizations recovering from the pandemic or investing in critical projects moving forward. The Legislature has heard loud and clear that the pandemic's impacts on our local economy and organizations have been serious and ongoing for a few years now, this is our opportunity to support a more resilient and sustainable recovery for Tompkins County."

Legislator Dan Klein, who chairs the committee of the Legislature overseeing the fund stated, "I want to thank local businesses and organizations for your patience as we've worked to get this fund set up and running. We have a real opportunity to make lasting change, and for the County to help in key areas of community recovery. I hope all of the local businesses, nonprofits, small governments, and healthcare providers consider applying to this fund – and I'm glad that we're on track to announce awards around the end of this year."