Our Grantmaking Process

Learn more about how our grantmaking process works.

How our Grantmaking Process Works

Wondering how your organization can get grant funding? We receive a majority of requests for funding through programs we design with input from our local communities. But because we value hearing from and being responsive to our community partners outside of this process, we periodically also consider a limited number of unsolicited requests.

We are not currently accepting unsolicited requests for funding or letters of intent, but we remain dedicated to working with community-based organizations in western and central New York.  Please see the “Inquire About Funding” section of this page to learn more.


During the periods we accept unsolicited requests, there are some basic guidelines to keep in mind as you prepare your proposal. Namely, your project should be in line with the Foundation’s mission, vision and values, and support one or more of our three focus areas:

Once received, our team will thoroughly review your request for funding to support your project.

As a reminder, submitting a grant request does not guarantee funding.

Inquire About Funding

We are not currently accepting unsolicited requests for funding or letters of intent, but we remain dedicated to working with and supporting community-based organizations in western and central New York. We invite you to reach out to a member of our program team if you would like to discuss a current or potential project to improve the health of our community.

Diane Oyler, Vice President, Programs
Email: doyler@hfwcny.org

Ken Genewick, Program Officer – Caregiving
Email: kgenewick@hfwcny.org

Marnie Annese, Program Officer – Young Children Impacted by Poverty
Email: mannese@hfwcny.org

Jordan Bellassai, Program Manager – Older Adults
Email: jbellassai@hfwcny.org

Recent Requests for Proposals

Health Leadership Fellows CALL to Action

On Friday, June 7th, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York released a Request for Applications for the Health Leadership Fellows CALL to Action. This is an opportunity open to all graduated Fellows.

The deadline to apply is July 15, 2019.

Questions about the RFA will be taken until June 19, 2019, and may be submitted to calltoaction@hfwcny.org

To download the CALL to Action Request for Applications, click here.
To download the CALL to Action application form, click here.
To download the CALL to Action Applicant Budget Template, click here.