Submission Requirements

  1. 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

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

  3. 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.

  4. The Foundation will allow the submittal of one application per 501(c)(3) organization at a time.

  5. Organizations who have been granted an award may reapply to the Foundation two (2) years following the final payment of a grant.

  6. Grants for the following types of groups and uses are not made:

    1. Religious Organizations for Religious Purposes

    2. Political Organizations, Campaigns, and Candidates

    3. Municipal and Government

    4. Grants or Loans to Individuals

    5. Fund-Raising Events, i.e. Sponsorships, Tables, Dinners, and Telethons

    6. Endowments

    7. Scholarships

    8. Operating Expenses

    9. Hospital Capital Campaigns

    10. General Capital Campaigns

  7. 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.

  8. A Letter of Inquiry must be submitted online.