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Cullen Foundation - Education Grants

Grants to New York Nonprofits in Eligible Areas
for PreK-12 Education Programs

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Deadline Date:

09/11/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to New York nonprofits in eligible areas for capacity building for education-related PreK-12 programs. Applicants must schedule a call with program staff and submit a Letter of Intent. Funding is intended for evidence-based programs, with an emphasis on programs for underserved populations. Organizations must serve Erie County.

In Education, the Foundation seeks applications from organizations offering out-of-school-time and/or in-school academic programming. All programs should have direct academic outcomes, be evidence-based, and primarily serve economically disadvantaged students. Programs must support students from multiple schools. 

Cullen Foundation has established the following types of support for responsive grants in the education focus area:

  • Program/project support 
  • Capital/physical infrastructure
  • Capacity building

As part of the new strategic plan for supplemental academic programs, this cycle will only be for capacity-building grants (the Winter 2021 grant cycle will focus on program support).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166664

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $100,000 per year (for a $300,000 total maximum).

Receiving the maximum $100,000/year request amount is rare and occurs only when the Foundation deems unique strategic alignment between Cullen Foundation's mission and the program's outcomes.

Term of Contract:

An organization may apply for 1, 2, or 3 years of funding.

Multi-year grants are made only when the Foundation believes the multi-year nature of the request is essential to the project's success.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cullen Foundation has the following eligibility criteria for all applicants:
- The organization is a 501(c)(3).
- The organization must submit audited or reviewed financials prepared by a CPA for its most recently completed fiscal year. This is Cullen's requirement and is not related to NYS requirements.
- Erie County is the primary geographic service area. Education applicants not located in Erie County must serve at least 80% Erie County residents.

- No funding received will be used for partisan political activity.
- No funding received will be used for expenses already incurred.
- No funding will overlap with an existing grant from the Cullen Foundation.

The request must fit within Cullen Foundation’s education focus area (evidence-based programs with direct academic outcomes, serving economically disadvantaged students in grades pre-K through 12); and requests for the following will not be considered:
- Recreational camps or recreation-based programs
- Internship programs
- Education resource rooms and drop-in centers
- Museum exhibits
- Professional development programs and services
- Field trip funds and programs
- Skills and job training programs
- Transportation requests
- Arts education programs
- Requests from Individual schools
- Request for programs that serve students from only one school
- Individual scholarships will not be awarded other than those provided by the Cullen Scholars program.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Deadlines:

- August 10, 2020: Letter of Intent (LOI) stage opens. LOI's are accepted on a rolling basis between August 10th and August 21st. Once an LOI is approved, the applicant may proceed to the Full Application phase. Cullen Foundation strongly encourages early submissions so that each request may receive adequate time for review.

- August 10-19, 2020: All applicants must schedule a phone call with Cullen staff prior to submitting an LOI. This phone call will indicate your organization's intent to apply and provide an overview of the program for which you are applying.

- August 21, 2020: LOI phase closes at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Applicants will be notified within 1 week whether they advance to the Full Application phase.

- September 11, 2020: Deadline for full applications at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.

- October 2020: Cullen Foundation will notify applicants of grant decisions.

- December 2020: Payment will be distributed to grantees.

Grant FAQs:

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, please contact Corey Bunje Bower at

Cullen Foundation
250 Delaware Avenue, Suite 820
Buffalo, NY 14202


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