Our Grantmaking Process

Learn more about how our grantmaking process works, check out new funding opportunities and find out how to send us your requests.

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 and a formal Request for Proposals process. But because we value hearing from and being responsive to our community partners outside of this process, we also consider a limited number of unsolicited requests.

While we are always open to hearing about new approaches and initiatives, 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

To inquire about funding, please fill out this form to tell us more about your project and your organization. 

After staff completes their initial review of your request, someone may follow up with you to ask for additional information.

Our staff typically reviews grant requests during the first week of each month.

The time frame for consideration of funding requests varies depending on the size and scope of the proposal. Our staff will communicate with you throughout the process and will notify you once a final decision has been made.

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

Recent Requests for Proposals

Application for Funding: Maternal and Child Health “Hot Spots” in Western and Central New York. Applications will be accepted until Friday, August 11, 2017.

To download the application, click here.

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