Frequently Asked Questions

 Q. Who may apply?

To apply for Foundation funding, you must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

All applicants must have three years of 990 filings in order to be eligible to apply for a grant.

Your organization must be physically headquartered within one of the seven counties of Western New York.

This Foundation is prohibited by Charter restrictions from giving grants to sectarian organizations and does not make any grants to individuals.

Q. Which Western New York counties do you fund?

Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Wyoming.

Q. What if we are not required to file a 990?

Applicants must have 3 years of 990 filings in order to be eligible for funding.

Q. Do you accept LOIs?


Q. Do I have to complete two applications?

We have a two (2) step process for submittals. All applicants must submit an LOI by the due dates listed below. The Foundation will advance some of the applicants to the application stage. The submittals that do not advance will not be considered for funding. 

Q. When are applications due?

LOI deadline dates are November 30th and July 31st. Dates subject to change.

If invited, the application is due three (3) weeks after you receive notification to advance. 

When will our grant be considered?

October for submittals received by July 31st.

March for submittals received by November 30th.

Q. Can I fill out an application on paper?

No. The Foundation only accepts online applications.

Q. What if we are unable to answer some of the application questions?  What if a request for additional information is not relevant to our request?

Answer the questions as thoroughly as you are able to. If a request for additional information does not apply to your agency you may answer with the response N/A.

Q. May I include additional attachments as part of my application?

There is an option to submit an additional attachment of your choice. Please do not include additional attachments unless they are essential to our understanding of your request. Microsoft Word and Excel, and PDF files can be uploaded to the system.

Q. When will I be notified of the Foundation’s decision regarding my application?

You will receive written notification of the Foundation Board’s decision approximately three weeks after the relevant meeting date.

Q. Who decides if a grant will be made?

The Board of Trustees reviews all qualifying applications and determines if they may be funded.

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