Application Process

Confirm Eligibility

  • Refer to the Foundation’s Gifting Guidelines to ensure that your organization is eligible for funding.
  • Be sure your agency has researched, identified, and applied to other sources of funding for your program/project before submitting a Letter of Inquiry to the Foundation.
  • For agencies that have received previous funding from the Foundation, be sure that your agency has submitted a Follow Up Report. This report must be on file before another request can be considered. 

Target a Grant Cycle

  • Be aware of the Foundation’s quarterly requirements: 
    Grant requests of $100,000.00 or more will only be considered at the third quarter board meeting.
    All requests of $50,000.00 or more may require a site visit by the Foundation’s staff and members of the Board of Directors.
  • Refer to the board meeting schedule listed below, and adhere to all deadlines. 

Submit a Letter of Inquiry

  • Be concise. Give a brief description of the agency’s project, a timeline for completion, the dollar amount requested, a list of collaborations, a list of other funding sources, and a clear emphasis on how the program will benefit the residents of Eastern Niagara County. Please submit a Letter of Inquiry to 
  • Provide a copy of the applicant’s 501(c)3 determination letter.
  • Be sure to provide contact information for both email and telephone correspondence.

Submit an Application

  • If your agency receives an invitation to submit an application, applicant may now do so by utilizing the Submit an Application page. Please do not apply without an invitation from the Foundation, or the application may be immediately declined. 
  • Review the Foundation’s Application Tip sheets for detailed descriptions on Submitting a Successful Proposal.

2023 Board Meetings and Information Deadlines

Letters of inquiry to be received no later than:

January 27, 2023

  April 21, 2023   

July 14, 2023

October 6, 2023


Application Deadline:

February 10, 2023

May 5, 2023

July 28, 2023

October 20, 2023

Board Meeting Dates:

March 29, 2023

June 15, 2023

September 12, 2023

December 12, 2023

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