Application Process

In order to evaluate available funding and better accommodate our grantees, all grant requests of $100,000.00 or more will only be considered at our third quarter board meeting. 

All requests of $50,000 or more may require a site visit by our staff and members of our board of directors.

Please plan accordingly, refer to our Application Tip Sheet, and reach out to our office with questions or concerns. 



Please Refer to our Gifting Guidelines to ensure that your organization is eligible for funding.

Please be sure you have researched, identified, and applied to other sources of funding for your program/project before you submit an LOI to us. We prefer to not be your only ask. We will require a list of other funders committed to your project, or an explanation as to why other sources have not been sought. If you need help identifying potential funding sources, please email our Grant Support Specialist at  

If you have received previous funding from us
, please view the below link. A follow-up report MUST be on file updating us on your last grant before additional funding requests will be considered. Please download and submit your report via email to

Click here to view and download a Follow-Up Report.


Please submit a Letter of Inquiry outlining your request for funding. LOI’s should be concise. Please give a brief description of your project, a timeline for completion, dollar amount requested, collaborations, other funding sources, and a clear emphasis on how your program will benefit the residents of Eastern Niagara County.

Please follow deadlines for submitting LOI’s listed below. You must allow at least 2 weeks between your LOI and the application deadline in order to give staff ample time to research your project and be sure there are funds available during the current quarter to entertain your request.

After your initial LOI is reviewed, you will be sent a letter inviting you to submit a full application, or you will receive a letter of declination.

Please be sure to provide a valid email address. An application will be emailed to you. All applications should be submitted electronically, via our website, or via email.


If you receive an invitation to submit an application, you may now do so by using the “Submit an Application” page. Please do not apply without an invitation by the Foundation, or your application may be immediately declined.

Click here for a tip sheet on how to submit a successful application.

Or, if you prefer, a hard copy of our application will be sent with your invite. You can fill it out and mail or email to the address listed below:

Grigg Lewis Foundation, Inc.
76 West Avenue
Lockport, NY 14094

**If your application is not received by the end of the business day on the dates specified below, it will be held until the next board meeting. Regular office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm.**

2022 Grant Applicants – Please be aware that we have updated our application process. Our quarterly funding periods have been announced and are listed below.

All grants of $100,000.00 or more will only be considered at our third quarter board meeting. In order to give our larger grant requests proper attention, and to allow time to schedule a site visit and board presentation, we encourage you to apply earlier in the year. We will begin working on your request as soon as it is received, but will hold consideration until the third quarter meeting. 
Your site visit will be scheduled on either August 24, 2022 or August 25, 2022. Please plan accordingly.

2022 Board Meetings and Information Deadlines

Letters of inquiry to be received no later than:

January 28, 2022
April 22, 2022
*July 22, 2022
October 14, 2022

Application Deadline:

February 11, 2022
May 6, 2022
*August 5, 2022
October 28, 2022

Board Meeting Dates:

March 31, 2022
June 23, 2022
*September 15, 2022
December 15, 2022

*Third Quarter: all grants of $100,000.00 or more will only be reviewed at our third quarter board meeting. Lesser grants will still be considered at all four quarterly meetings.