Grants are limited to non-profit organizations which have obtained tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code
All applicants must have three years of 990 filings in order to be eligible to apply for a grant.
Grants are limited to agencies that are physically headquartered in one of the seven counties of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Wyoming.
The Foundation will allow the submittal of one application per 501(c)(3) organization at a time.
Organizations who have been granted an award may reapply to the Foundation two (2) years following the final payment of a grant.
Grants for the following types of groups and uses are not made:
Religious Organizations for Religious Purposes
Political Organizations, Campaigns, and Candidates
Municipal and Government
Grants or Loans to Individuals
Fund-Raising Events, i.e. Sponsorships, Tables, Dinners, and Telethons
Hospital Capital Campaigns
General Capital Campaigns
Please note that it is our normal practice to schedule a meeting with applicants after receiving and reviewing their proposals, schedules permitting. This is exploratory in nature and does not in any way indicate a predisposition of the Board toward approval.
A Letter of Inquiry must be submitted online.