The Leadership Classroom (TLC) Grant Application Deadline

Community Foundation Seeking Training Program Applicants

June 3, 2014– The Central New York Community Foundation is now accepting applications from groups seeking admission into The Leadership Classroom (TLC) class of 2014-2015.

TLC is a training program specially designed by the Community Foundation for grassroots community groups within Central New York. It is a unique opportunity to learn advanced leadership skills alongside other leaders in an interactive setting. Participants build skills in leading groups and projects, learn more about neighborhood resources and how to gather community support. Participants also build lasting relationships with and learn from other leaders who are also involved in neighborhood and community work.

Enrollment in TLC is free of charge. All training sessions run from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., one Saturday a month, from October-June. Childcare assistance and meals are provided. After completion of the course, participating groups receive a $3,500 grant to implement a community project.

The application deadline for nonprofit and grassroots groups wishing to apply is July 18, 2014.  Please visit for more information and to download the application. Questions may be directed to Olive Sephuma at 422-9538 or


The Leadership Classroom is an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation. Established in 1927, the Central New York Community Foundation encourages local philanthropy by supporting the growth of a permanent charitable endowment for the betterment of the region.  The Community Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the region with assets of more than $143 million. It awarded $8.3 million in grants last year to nonprofit organizations and since its inception has invested more than $120 million in the community. The Community Foundation serves as the steward of charitable legacies for individuals, families and businesses through the administration of more than 600 funds. The organization also serves as a civic leader, convener and sponsor of special initiatives designed to strengthen nonprofits that address the region’s most pressing challenges. The Community Foundation, of 431 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY 13202, can be reached at (315) 422-9538 or

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