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Grants to New York Nonprofits in Eligible Regions for Extracurricular Educational Programs

Responsive Grant - Education


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Funding Source
Cullen Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: New York: Erie County

Important Dates
LOI Date: 02/03/23
Deadline: 03/03/23 5:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to New York nonprofit organizations for extracurricular educational programs that benefit local communities in eligible areas. Applicants must contact program staff and submit a letter of interest prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for evidence-based programs, with an emphasis on programs for underserved populations. The Winter 2023 grant cycle will focus on Program/Project Support. Organizations must serve Erie County.

In Education, the Foundation seeks applications from organizations offering Supplemental Academic Programs (SAP). 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


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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.
- 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
- January 1, 2023: Letter of Intent (LOI) stage opens. LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis between January 1st and February 3rd. 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.
- January 3, 2023- January 20, 2023: All applicants must complete a phone call with Cullen Staff before submitting their application. This phone call will indicate your organization's intent to apply and provide an overview of the program for which you are applying. This requirement applies to all applicants, including past grantees.
- February 3, 2023: LOI phase closes at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Applicants will be notified within 1 week whether they advance to the Full Application phase.
- March 3, 2023: Deadline for full applications at 5:00 pm Eastern Time. Early submissions are strongly encouraged.
- April 2023: Cullen Foundation will notify applicants of grant decisions.
- June 2023: Payment will be distributed to grantees.

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 a 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.

Contact Information
Apply online (from January 1:

For more information, please contact Corey Bunje Bower at

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

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