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. 

Before submitting your inquiry, take a moment to review our focus areas and programs to learn more about our current work and grant funding.

Please keep in mind that the Health Foundation does not fund the following:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Building or capital projects
  • Drug development
  • Direct donations or grants to individuals

Grant requests are typically reviewed during the first week of each month.

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

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

Recent Requests for Proposals

The Health Foundation for Western and Central New York is now accepting proposals for:

Innovations in Children’s Health and Wellbeing in Western & Central New York.   Through this funding opportunity, the Health Foundation looks to support up to 15 projects that hold promise for improving health outcomes for children impacted by poverty, under age five, by working with children to support their physical, social and/or emotional health. Proposals are due to innovations@hfwcny.org by October 5, 2018.

To download the Request for Proposal, click on the links below:

HFWCNY Innovations for Children’s Health RFP, PDF version

HFWCNY Innovations for Children’s Health RFP, Word Version