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Niagara Area Foundation (NAF) Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits in Eligible Regions
for Youth Development and Community Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo - Niagara Area Foundation (NAF)

Deadline Date:

10/15/21 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to New York nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for activities that address identified needs and positively impact the local community. Certain applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting an application. Eligible activities are those that have a positive impact on Niagara County.

Funding will be awarded to programs in the areas of the environment, education, community development, civic needs, arts, human services, and health. Preference will be given to grant applications that have the greatest impact on positive youth development and demonstrate collaboration with other organizations. Youth is defined as 18 years of age and under. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161711

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant available is $10,000.
- The historical average for a competitive grant through this process is approximately $6,000

Term of Contract:

NAF requires all grants be closed out within one year of receipt of funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants
- 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 or delivering services in Niagara County

The NAF embraces the benefits of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In its grantmaking decisions, the NAF supports organizations, projects, and programs that share its belief that no person in the United States shall on the basis of the Protected Characteristics, or any other improper criterion, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under its programs or activities.

NAF will not consider funding:
- Higher education scholarships (separate application, deadlines, and process)
- Endowments
- Religious purposes
- Projects for residents of other counties. Funding must support Niagara County residents only
- 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 NAF cannot be used to support or oppose a candidate for political office.
- Projects and activities that have occurred. The NAF will not, except in extraordinary cases, provide payment or reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the funding decision being communicated to the applicant

Pre-Application Information:

- Application available online September 13, 2021
- Application due October 15, 2021 by 4 p.m. No exceptions
- Decision notification Mid December 2021

Applications are submitted electronically online through the Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager. No paper, emailed, or pdf applications are accepted.

Should an organization be requesting more than $10,000, they must contact the Foundation in advance to discuss their application.

At any given time, organizations can only have one open competitive grant with the NAF.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For more information about the NAF competitive grants process, please contact Darren Penoyer by email at or at 716-852-2857, x206.

Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo
726 Exchange Street, Suite 525
Buffalo, NY 14210
P: (716) 852-2857
F: (716) 852-2861

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