Westchester Community Foundation Grant Program

New York Community Trust


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Jun 22, 2018 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Aug 3, 2018 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Aug 24, 2018 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Oct 5, 2018 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal), Oct 27, 2018 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Dec 8, 2018 2:00pm PST (Full proposal), Dec 29, 2018 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry), Feb 9, 2019 2:00pm PST (Full proposal), Feb 23, 2019 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry), Apr 6, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Westchester County, New York

Location of residency: United States, Westchester County, New York

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Overview:

The Westchester Community Foundation uses grantmaking to invest in high-performing organizations with transformative ideas that improve lives and strengthen our community.

Our approach:
  • We invest in programs and projects that tackle pressing needs our community face.
  • We prioritize collaborations and thoughtful partnerships that foster shared learning and action.
  • We look for best practices and emerging ideas that lead to innovative approaches to solving problems. 
  • We regard our grantmaking as an investment in the social good of our community. We work with our grantees to improve performance through ongoing assessment.

Program Area: Promising Futures

We are committed to building promising futures for all ages by supporting workforce development and job placement; providing access to legal services for vulnerable populations; meeting basic human needs and supporting self-sufficiency; and supporting the development of resilient youth.

Workforce Development and Job Placement

Program goals: To increase opportunities for Westchester residents, including young people ages 16-24, to get the training they need to build careers that support themselves and their families, and to strengthen workforce development efforts which help Westchester businesses hire the talented workers they need to keep their business thriving.

We support programs that demonstrate a clear connection between the training and “in-demand” jobs. Preference will be given to programs leading to industry-recognized certification, and which include job placement and post-placement services.

We encourage:

  • community partnerships linking industry, training, and job-seekers;
  • career-exploration and technical-education programs that prepare youth for high-quality jobs that offer a path to a career;
  • programs that include internships and apprenticeships; and
  • programs designed to serve a particular constituency, including those with barriers to achieving successful employment.

Access to Legal Services

Program goals: Programs that protect civil liberties and human rights through access to civil legal services. 

Basic Human Needs and Self-Sufficiency

Program goals: To address basic human needs including food and shelter, and to help Westchester residents achieve greater long-term economic stability and self-sufficiency.

Youth Development

The Foundation will not be accepting new proposals in the area of youth development this year as we assess our strategy.

Program Area: Thriving Communities

We make grants to groups that increase access to the arts, foster social justice, and protect our environment. We also support efforts that strengthen nonprofit effectiveness.

Arts and Culture

Program goal: To broaden access to the arts for all and to provide professional development opportunities for Westchester artists from diverse backgrounds.

Priority areas: Fellowships, Germanic culture, and access to the arts in all communities.

We provide funding support to:

  • Organizations that provide post-baccalaureate education and training fellowships to promising young, economically disadvantaged artists that will help them make the transition to professional careers.
    • Preference will be given to those organizations that identify and recruit culturally diverse, disadvantaged young people from groups traditionally underrepresented in arts disciplines.
    • Recipients generally should be Westchester residents, age 30 or younger, with demonstrated financial need.
  • Programs that bring to life the rich cultural history of Germany, including scholarships, research, and programs that promote Germanic arts, folklore, language, literature, and music.
  • ​Programs that connect communities of people with limited opportunities, particularly youth in underserved areas of Westchester and the elderly, to the creative arts 

Social Justice

Program goal: To support community-based efforts that create greater social, racial, economic, and political justice.

Priority areas: community organizing, civic engagement, public policy change.

We provide funding support to community-based efforts undertaken by marginalized and disenfranchised communities working towards long-term solutions transforming the systems and structures that perpetuate social, racial, economic, and political injustice. Those most affected by the injustice must have integral roles in project implementation, including identifying solutions, initiating action for change, and participating in ongoing evaluation of the efforts. Priority will be given to projects which demonstrate an ongoing commitment to leadership development. 

Conservation and the Environment

Program goal: To promote more environmentally sustainable, resilient, and just communities in Westchester.

Priority areas: Sustainability, resiliency, and healthier environment. 

We provide funding support to:

  • Programs that seek to mitigate climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting energy efficiency and sustainability.
  • Projects that help communities, especially the disadvantaged, become more resilient to a changing climate through conservation and preservation of shorelines, reduction of stormwater run-off, and better planning for weather-related emergencies.
  • Projects that create healthier, more livable communities through prevention of air pollution, reduction of the risk of exposure to toxic substances, protection of drinking water quality, and preservation of open space.
  • Projects that preserve biological diversity through habit conservation and protection.​

Technical Assistance

Program goal: To strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve greater community impact. The Foundation prioritizes support for sector-wide collaboration and collective learning.

We no longer provide technical assistance grants, for example for strategic planning, to individual organizations.

Program Area: Healthy Lives

Program goal: Our grants promote healthy lives by improving the effectiveness, responsiveness, and equity of health care in Westchester.

Priority areas: Health disparities, health-care systems. 

We provide funding support for:

  • Programs and projects that address health disparities and improve access to quality health care for uninsured and underinsured individuals and families. Preference is given to innovative programs with countywide impact.
  • Programs and projects that strengthen the health-care delivery system for the County’s poorest residents, through model program development and capacity-building.

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

Eligibility:

  • The Foundation makes grants to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations operating or proposing to operate programs for the benefit of Westchester residents and communities.​
    • Agencies with a pending 501(c)(3) application must use an approved organization as a fiscal agent. 
  •  Where appropriate, we will fund local government entities, including school districts.
  • All agencies must be vetted and approved prior to receiving a grant.
    • We look for good governance practices and organizations with a strong financial position.

Ineligibility:

  • The Foundation does not make grants from its competitive grants program to:
    • individuals;
    • endowment campaigns;
    • capital campaigns;
    • equipment purchases that are not intrinsic to the proposed project;
    • routine operating expenses;
    • deficit financing;
    • medical research;
    • religious activities; or
    • events.
  • We no longer provide technical assistance grants, for instance for strategic planning, to individual organizations.


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