All grant recipients must demonstrate the following:

  • Tax Exempt Status
  • Need for Private Financial Support
  • Direct Relevance to the Foundation’s Focus Areas
  • Primarily Serve Residents of Erie and Niagara Counties
  • Organizations Outside of WNY may apply by invitation only

The following are ineligible for funding:

  • Religious organizations, political organizations or candidates for political office or to individuals
  • Organizations that discriminate based on: age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, receipt of public assistance, sexual orientation, or military status
  • Individual scholarships
  • National or international organizations, unless their programs have significant local impact
  • Annual funds
  • Sponsorships/Galas/Events.