Frequently Asked Questions
What is available through the Finger Lakes Grants Information Center?
For the nonprofit sector, towns and villages
We house a resource library that provides visitors with free public access to the Foundation Center’s core collection, plus our collection of titles that include grantmaker directories, books on board development, executive leadership, marketing and communications, nonprofit management, proposal writing and more. Visitors have free access to the Foundation Center’s electronic databases.
For current business owners seeking funding, or persons interested in starting a new business
There are several resources to help you strengthen your business, conveniently located in our building, listed below. You may contact them via their website for an appointment.
The Cayuga County Chamber of Commerce is membership-based, and open to any business or organization interested in improving their enterprise while investing in our local area. The chamber’s mission is, “to advocate as the voice of the business community, provide value-added services to our members, and facilitate collaboration that supports economic development for the greater good of Cayuga County”.
C.E.D.A. (Cayuga Economic Development Agency) has a unique alliance with other organizations working in economic development to provide “First Stop” business assistance to any business or start-up. CEDA will help your business navigate financial, technical and marketing challenges.
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Because their work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), they are able to deliver services at no charge or at very low cost. They also work with established businesses, seeking to re-evaluate their business plans moving forward.
We provide free public access to The Foundation Center’s electronic database Foundation Grants to Individuals Online.
In addition to the Resource Library, The Finger Lakes Grants Information Center provides a schedule of workshops throughout the year on topics including grantseeking, proposal writing, nonprofit board governance, fundraising, and others that are relevant to our mission.
Who Can Use the Resource Library?
Anyone is free to use the materials during our regular business hours, appointments strongly encouraged.
Can I Check Out Materials?
Unfortunately, not at this time. This is a non-lending library. You can, however, make a limited number of photocopies of selected materials for a small per-page fee.
Do You Provide Individual Help on Fundraising and Nonprofit Management?
The Finger Lakes Grants Information Center offers technical help to navigate the many tools available through our organization. Our workshops are recorded and available to view via the website.
Where Are You Located and What Are the Hours?
The Finger Lakes Grants Information Center is located at 2 State Street, Auburn, New York, 13021. Regular office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Call Jessica Wrench, Foundation Center Network Supervisor, at 315.252.7291 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.