Funding Guidelines

Program and Guidelines

Western New York Foundation Small Grant Program

The Small Grant Program is an easy-to-engage-in, competitive grant program. Applicants may apply for a grant award between $500 and $10,000. These grants are generally made for a 12 month period only.

The Small Grant Program supports exploration of strategic partnerships and capacity building requests that lead to greater capacity and improved productivity. Funding is for specific activities or projects designed to strengthen an organization’s governance, leadership, technology, programmatic and administrative capacity.

Western New York Foundation Impact Capacity Assessment Program (iCAP)

The Western New York Foundation’s Impact Capacity Assessment Program (iCAP) is a competitive program for nonprofits that wish to build their ability to perform well.  Efficient long-term capacity management is vital to any nonprofit entity. iCAP offers opportunity to nonprofits to engage in a process to assess its capacity needs in coordination with an organizational development consultant.

Multiple members of the organization's staff and board will participate in an organizational self-assessment of key capacity elements that has been designed to pinpoint current capacity status and opportunities for transformative growth and change. The program will culminate in a long-term capacity building plan for the organization that includes the development of action plan priorities with goals and progress measurement.

Understanding the nonprofit’s current capacity will enable it to design an improvement plan that builds on its strengths and addresses the organization's challenges in a manner that will build nonprofit adaptability and resilience.

Western New York Foundation Capacity Building Grant Program

The Capacity Building Grant Program is a highly competitive program. Applicants may apply for a grant award over $10,000; the average grant award range is between $15,000 and $50,000.

The Capacity Building Program supports exploration of strategic partnerships and capacity building requests that lead to greater capacity and improved productivity. Funding is for specific activities or projects designed to strengthen an organization’s governance, leadership, technology, programmatic and administrative capacity. Initiatives rank higher if they:

1.) Assist in making good and positive strides during a critical period of growth.

2.) Strengthen the ability to program and impact more families in the WNY region.

3.) Strengthen the ability to work with a broader range of constituents and allies.

4.) Attract new financial partners, favorably affect earned revenue numbers, or enhance fee-based revenue streams.

5.) Reflect a comprehensive approach or are a key component of your organization’s strategic plan for long term sustainability

6.) Foster collaboration