Foundation / Corporation
Western New York Foundation
Grants to Western New York nonprofits for capacity building programs that enable nonprofits to operate more effectively and efficiently. Applicants must be physically located in one of the seven counties of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Wyoming. The Foundation is interested in funding nonprofits that serve their communities in the following areas:
- Parent education
- Early childhood development
- Vulnerable children and families
- All forms of literacy (reading, financial, and STEM)
- Mental and behavioral health
- Parental support and education to families in order to provide an optimal environment that will encourage a child’s healthy growth and development
- Refugee and immigrant populations
- Victims of abusive behaviors
- People suffering with mental illness, trauma, and addiction
- Comprehensive neighborhood solutions in blighted or underserved urban areas
- Educational and recreational activities and community engagement in rural areas
- Arts and cultural organizations offering inclusive programming for diverse audiences with emphasis on promoting diversity in artistic representation and leadership
The Foundation desires to work with small to mid-sized organizations that have a documented track record and are experiencing a significant period of growth and where greater impacts can be realized in supporting adaptability, resilience, and efforts towards longer-term sustainability.
The Foundation provides grants to:
1.) Support Strategic Leadership - to develop strong board and staff leadership and assist grantees in implementing strategic priorities during critical periods of growth and revitalization.
2.) Foster Collaboration - to strengthen community engagement and support collaborative and strategic relationship efforts that will result in stronger and expanded services.
3.) Conduct Organizational Assessments - to support contracted expertise to assess nonprofit needs and design a plan to increase organizational effectiveness that will help meet current challenges and result in intentional and productive growth.
4.) Strengthen Communications - to support communications efforts that raise awareness about an organization’s mission and attract attention and resources to the organization.
5.) Expand Resources and Stabilize Financials - to develop financial stability by increasing the ability of the nonprofit to develop necessary resources and plan for longer-term sustainability.
6.) Promote Programming Excellence - to enhance the provision of care or services by strengthening the nonprofit’s ability to program and evaluate its work.
7.) Enhance Operational Effectiveness - to improve day-to-day operational productivity and enhance nonprofit functioning in areas such as administration, finance, human resources, technology and facility management.
Western New York Foundation Small Grant Program
The Small Grant Program is an easy-to-engage-in, competitive grant program. Applicants may apply for a grant award between $500 and $10,000. These grants are generally made for a 12 month period only. The Small Grant Program supports exploration of strategic partnerships and capacity building requests that lead to greater capacity and improved productivity. Funding is for specific activities or projects designed to strengthen an organization’s governance, leadership, technology, programmatic and administrative capacity.
Western New York Foundation Capacity Assessment Program
This Program is a competitive program for nonprofits that wish to build their ability to perform well. The program offers the opportunity to the nonprofit to engage in a process to assess its capacity needs in coordination with, and support of, an organizational development consultant.
Western New York Foundation Capacity Building Grant Program
The Capacity Building Grant Program is a highly competitive program. Applicants may apply for a grant award over $10,000; the average grant award range is between $15,000 and $50,000. The Capacity Building Program supports exploration of strategic partnerships and capacity building requests that lead to greater capacity and improved productivity. Funding is for specific activities or projects designed to strengthen an organization’s governance, leadership, technology, programmatic and administrative capacity. Initiatives rank higher if they:
1.) Assist in making good and positive strides during a critical period of growth.
2.) Strengthen the ability to program and impact more families in the WNY region.
3.) Strengthen the ability to work with a broader range of constituents and allies.
4.) Attract new financial partners, favorably affect earned revenue numbers, or enhance fee based
5.) Reflect a comprehensive approach or are a key component of your organization’s strategic plan for long term sustainability
6.) Foster collaboration
GrantWatch ID#: 171992
- Small Grants Program: Applicants may apply for a grant award between $500 and $10,000.
- Capacity Building Grant Program: Applicants may apply for a grant award over $10,000; the average grant award range is between $15,000 and $50,000.
Small grants are generally made for a 12 month period.
Grants are limited to non-profit organizations which have obtained tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code.
Organizations must be physically located within one of the seven counties of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Wyoming.
All applicants must have three years of 990 filings in order to be eligible to apply for a grant.
The Foundation will allow the submittal of one application per 501(c)(3) organization at a time.
Organizations who have been granted an award may reapply to the Foundation two (2) years following the final payment of a grant.
This Foundation is prohibited by Charter restrictions from giving grants to sectarian organizations and does not make any grants to individuals.
Grants for the following types of groups and uses are not made:
-Religious Organizations for Religious Purposes
-Political Organizations, Campaigns, and Candidates
-Municipal and Government
-Grants or Loans to Individuals
-Fund-Raising Events, i.e. Sponsorships, Tables, Dinners, and Telethons
-Hospital Capital Campaigns
-General Capital Campaigns
Deadline dates for Letter of Inquiry submittals are June 30 and November 30, 2018. Grants will be considered in October for submittals received by June 30th and in March for submittals received by November 30th.
Not all applicants will be invited to submit a full application. If invited, the deadline to submit a full application is three weeks from notification to proceed.
Grant application form:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Register and submit an LOI online:
Beth Kinsman Gosch
The Western New York Foundation
11 Summer Street, Third Floor
Buffalo, New York 14209
USA: New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, and Wyoming