Competitive Grants Program

Grants to Westchester, New York Nonprofits and Agencies
for Workforce, Social Justice, Health, Arts, and Conservation

GrantWatch ID#: 180881
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

New York Community Trust - Westchester Community Foundation (WCF)


10/13/17 3:00 pm

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Grants to Westchester, New York nonprofits, government agencies, and school districts for programs that strive to strengthen the community and improve lives. Applicants must submit a letter of intent by August 4, 2017. Funding is focused on three general areas of community development: Promising Futures, Thriving Communities, and Healthy Lives.

1. Promising Futures
The Foundation is 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.

The Foundation encourages:
- 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.

2. Thriving Communities
The Foundation makes grants to groups that increase access to the arts, foster social justice, and protect our environment, and 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.
- 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.
- Conservation and the Environment program goal: To promote more environmentally sustainable, resilient, and just communities in Westchester. Priority areas: Sustainability, resiliency, and healthier environment.

3. Healthy Lives
These grants promote healthy lives by improving the effectiveness, responsiveness, and equity of health care in Westchester. Priority areas: Health disparities, health-care systems.

The Foundation provides 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.

The Foundation's granting approach:
- To invest in programs and projects that tackle pressing needs our community face.
- To prioritize collaborations and thoughtful partnerships that foster shared learning and action.
- To look for best practices and emerging ideas that lead to innovative approaches to solving problems.
- To work with grantees to improve performance through ongoing assessment.

The Westchester Community Foundation does not typically make multi-year grant awards, but you may discuss this possibility with the program officer if a specific project will span longer than one year.

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, the Foundation will fund local government entities, including school districts.

All agencies must be vetted and approved prior to receiving a grant. The Foundation looks for good governance practices and organizations with a strong financial position.

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.

Application guidelines:

Program goals:


2017 Deadlines:

Cycle 1: LOIs due November 4; Invited proposals due January 6, 3:00 PM; Award announcement in late April.
Cycle 2: LOIs due February 10; Invited proposals due March 24, 3:00 PM; Award announcement in late June.
Cycle 3: LOIs due June 2; Invited proposals due July 14, 3:00 PM; Award announcement in late October.
Cycle 4: LOIs due August 4; Invited proposals due October 13, 3:00 PM; Award announcement in late December.

Letter of Intent - All applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent to the program officer assigned to the grantmaking area under which you are applying (see Program Goals link above).

Proposal - Email completed form to and to your program officer.

Organizations will receive a check within four to six weeks of the Foundation's receipt of the signed agreement. Grant payments are made in one or two payments.

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

Email completed proposals to and to your program officer.

Tara Seely, Program Officer
(914) 948-5166 x 6

Robin Melén
Program Officer
(914) 948-5166 x 7

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