Community Foundation Competitive Grants

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

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Next anticipated deadline: Feb 3, 2021 1:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 4, 2021 1:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $18,000 - US $50,000

Fields of work: Speech-Language Learning & Disorders Vision Impairment Care & Services Hearing Impairment Care & Services Historic Preservation Art for Social Change Arts / Culture Access & Participation Music Education Art Education Youth Involvement in the Arts Environmental Justice & Advocacy Freshwater Conservation Racial / Ethnic Justice & Rights College Success / Persistence Academic Success & Enrichment Education - Preschool / Early Learning Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in New York: Allegany County, Cattaraugus County, Chautauqua County, Erie County, Genesee County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Foundation is committed to making grants that will have a maximum positive impact on Western New York.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo competitive grants must address one or more of the Objectives listed under the following four Community Goals:

Improve educational achievement for students living in low-income households

Requests must address one of the following Solutions:

  • Improve the academic achievement and postsecondary completion of students living in lowincome households, with a preference for systems change.
  • Improve the school readiness of children living in low-income households.

Increase racial/ethnic equity

Requests must address the following Solution:

  • Increase opportunities for residents to interact across racial/ethnic lines resulting in improved understanding.

Protect and restore significant environmental resources and promote equitable access.

Requests must address one of the following Solutions:

  • Protect and restore the region’s waterways and promote equitable access.
  • Strengthen individual environmental organizations and support a more racially inclusive and collaborative environmental community.

Strengthen the region as a center for architecture, arts, and culture 

Requests must address one of the following Solutions:

  • Increase access to long term arts instruction for children and youth living in low-income households.
  • Increase opportunities for residents to engage across racial/ethnic lines through the arts.
  • Restore and leverage significant historic buildings and architectural landmarks, with a preference for sites that promote cultural tourism. (Defining historic as official recognition by State/National Register of Historic Places or local preservation ordinance.)

NOTE: In addition to the four Community Goals and corresponding objectives, special funding is available to support the following:

  • Programs that serve the visual, speech or hearing impaired (~$5,000)

Preference for this special funding will be given to applications that align with one or more of the four Community Goals.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants are awarded only to organizations that have current Section 501(c)(3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Applicants must be located in or serving one of the eight counties of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming.



  • The Foundation will not consider competitive funding for:
    • Higher education scholarships (separate application, deadlines, and process)
    • Projects outside the eight Western New York counties (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming)
    • Religious purposes
    • Schools not registered with the New York State Education Department
    • Attendance at or sponsorship of fundraising events for organizations
    • Annual events or festivals
    • Any partisan political activity. Funds from the foundation cannot be used to support or oppose a candidate for political office.
    • Projects and activities that have occurred. The Foundation will not, except in extraordinary cases, provide payment or reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the funding decision being communicated to the applicant.