HFWCNY Grant Programs

Health Foundation For Western and Central New York

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Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit Hospital / Clinic

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Counties in New York: Allegany County, Cattaraugus County, Cayuga County, Chautauqua County, Cortland County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Allegany County, Cattaraugus County, Cayuga County, Chautauqua County, Cortland County Show all

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NOTE: We receive a majority of requests for funding through programs we design with input from our local communities and a formal Request for Proposals process. But because we value hearing from and being responsive to our community partners outside of this process, we also consider a limited number of unsolicited requests.

Your project should be in line with the Foundation’s mission, vision and values, and support one or more of our three focus areas:

Focus Areas

We consider funding programs that are in line with our mission, vision and values, and support one or more of our three focus areas:

Vulnerable Older Adults

By focusing on interventions around the triggers of decline, our goal is to improve the quality of care for older adults and prevent the onset of frailty.

Through our work with our community partners, we want to help older adults stay healthy and independent in their homes and communities as they age.

Challenge: Falls and frailty: One out of every three people over 65 will fall each year, resulting in loss of independence. In fact, falling is a top reason older adults are moved to institutional care. Many falls occur at or close to home, and are preventable.

Challenge: Caregiver stress: When you’re a caregiver, the demands can be overwhelming. Caregivers report that the stress of caregiving affects their physical and emotional health, finances, and their jobs.

Click here for our programs related to vulnerable older adults.

Young Children Impacted by Poverty

All young children impacted by poverty are physically, socially and emotionally healthy as they enter kindergarten. Our work in this focus area aims to get families the care, information and tools they need so their kids are physically, socially and emotionally healthy when they enter kindergarten – an important stepping stone toward a bright and healthy future

Challenge: Behavioral and developmental problems: About 12 to 16% of children experience developmental problems. And yet, only one-third of those children are identified before starting kindergarten, putting them at a disadvantage.

Challenge: Tooth decay a chronic disease: Even though it’s almost 100% preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. In New York, approximately 62 percent of Medicaid-eligible kids between ages 3 and 5 did not receive any dental care in 2009.

Challenge: High Risk Pregnancies: The U.S. still ranks last among 17 developed nations in infant mortality. For women living in poverty, life issues, along with a lack of access to care, results in high-risk pregnancies, babies with low birth weights and even infant death.

Click here for our programs related to young children impacted by poverty.

Community Health Capacity

Our communities are able to meet the health needs of the most vulnerable. To improve the health of underserved populations in western and central New York, we must bolster the health care systems they depend on. We understand the strength and long-term sustainability of our community partners is essential to achieving our vision.

Challenge: Fiscal and regulatory upheaval: With the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid redesign transforming how health care is delivered and paid for, organizations need to change the way they do business. They need to be strategic and proactive to increase quality and reduce costs.

Challenge: Need to collaborate: The health challenges in our region can’t be tackled by any one organization acting alone. Working in silos leads to gaps, duplication of services and missed opportunities. Leaders at local non-profits must work collaboratively.

Click here for our programs related to  community health capacity.

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


  • Nonprofit charitable organizations that are exempt from federal taxes under section 501(c) (3) of the IRS Revenue Code can apply for grant.
  • The Foundation make grants to  16 counties they serve, including:
    • Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties in western New York, as well as Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins counties in central New York.


  • Please keep in mind that the Health Foundation does not fund the following:
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Building or capital projects
    • Drug development
    • Direct donations or grants to individuals