About the Clynes Grant

The Partnership in Teaching Program brings Ithaca College faculty and staff together with Tompkins County educators in collaborations designed to enrich the curriculum and to have a positive impact on learning. The Tompkins Trust Company has generously endowed this program for nearly two decades.

For area school teachers and leaders, the Clynes Collaboration Grants administered as part of the Partnership in Teaching Program offer the opportunity to supplement curricular initiatives with projects that can capture student interest, introduce new concepts, or reinforce units of study in ways that extend and enrich learning. Ithaca College faculty and staff understand Partnership collaborations as ways to give back to the community while at the same time strengthening educational experiences for area students. In recent years, the collaborations have extended to partnerships between Ithaca College, our local P-12 educator communities, and our local communities and organizations that serve young people.

The Partnership in Teaching Program supports expenses of shared projects via the Clynes Collaboration Grants, the grant program designed to facilitate collaboration between College faculty and area teachers on projects that have the potential for sustainability and/or the potential to affect large numbers of students and have a positive impact on the curriculum. To submit an application, please see the document linked below. We look forward to helping you find the resources for the collaborative work that will benefit local students.

Grant Applications

Clynes Collaboration Grants are designed to encourage collaboration between College faculty and area school teachers on projects that have the potential to be sustainable and have a lasting impact on students. Grant applications may be submitted by IC faculty or area teachers any time throughout the academic year and are reviewed on a regular basis. Submission of an application certifies approval of the building principal. Funds cannot be used to pay for any personnel expenses.

All grant applications should:

  • clearly outline expected outcomes;
  • have an Ithaca College/area teacher co-collaborator with a clearly defined role;
  • have an itemized budget of proposed expenses;
  • have a starting and ending date;
  • have the approval of the building principal.

Review criteria:

  • Does this application have the potential to affect a large number of children, or have a particularly powerful impact on a small group of children?
  • Is there the potential to sustain this project after the completion of the grant?
  • Are the learning goals and expectations clear?
  • What is the potential/expected impact of this grant on the curriculum?

Application Process:

  • Secure approval for project from principal.
  • Complete application form and attach as a Word document and email to Sarah House at shouse@ithaca.edu.
  • Notification will come within 30 days of submission.
  • If approved, save all receipts for grant related materials for reimbursement. Clynes Grant funding will be issued as a reimbursement only.  Upon completion of the Clynes Grant activities, the "Request for Reimbursement" form with all receipts should be submitted.  At that time a lump sum reimbursement will be issued. Requests received after May 15th of the academic year in which the award was made may not be eligible for payment. We will make every attempt to reimburse for approved expenses within 10 business days from time of submission of receipts and the "Request for Reimbursement" form. Please note that in instances where Ithaca College funds will be used to purchase materials, it will be the responsibility of the IC sponsoring department to pay for the costs in advance.

Summary Reports:

  • Within 30 days of completion of the project, please submit a summary of the results of your project that can be shared with Tompkins Trust Company, the funding organization for Clynes Collaboration grants.


  • If you have questions about any aspect of this program, feel free to contact Dr. Sara Levy at slevy1@ithaca.edu.