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Grant Application FAQs

Q: Who may apply?

A: To apply for Foundation funding, you must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you are a non-profit organization that does not have 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) AND a determination letter from the IRS indicating this status, you cannot apply for funding.

Note: a taxpayer identification number from the IRS is NOT proof of 501(c)(3) status.

All applicants must have three years of 990 filings in order to be eligible to apply for a grant.

Your organization must be physically located within one of the seven counties of Western New York.

This Foundation is prohibited by Charter restrictions from giving grants to sectarian organizations and does not make any grants to individuals.

The Foundation will not accept a grant application from your organization within twenty four months following the final payment of a prior grant.

The Foundation will allow the submittal of one application per 501(c)(3) organization at a time.

Q: Which Western New York counties do you fund?

A: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Wyoming

Q: What if we are not required to file a 990?

A: Applicants must have three (3) years of 990 filings in order to be eligible for funding.

Q: Do you accept LOIs?

A: Yes.

Q: Do I have to complete two applications?

A: We have a two (2) step process for submittals. All applicants must submit an LOI by the due dates listed below. The Foundation will advance some of the applicants to the application stage. The submittals that do not advance will not be considered for funding.

Q: When are applications due?

A: LOI deadline dates are November 30th and June 30th. If invited, the application is due three (3) weeks after you receive notification to advance.

Q: When will our grant be considered?


  • October for submittals received by June 30th;
  • March for submittals received by November 30th.

Q: Can I fill out an application on paper?

A: No. The Foundation only accepts online applications. You may download the application from the Foundation website http://www.wnyfoundation.org.

Q: What if we are unable to answer some of the application questions? What if a request for additional information is not relevant to our request?

A: Answer the questions as thoroughly as you are able to. If a request for additional information does not apply to your agency you may answer with the response N/A.

Q: May I include additional attachments as part of my application?

A: There is an option to submit an additional attachment of your choice. Please do not include additional attachments unless they are absolutely essential to our understanding of your request. Any attachments can be done on Microsoft Word and Excel, or scanned to a PDF file that then can be uploaded to the system.

Q: When will I be notified of the Foundation's decision regarding my application?

A: You will receive written notification of the Foundation Board's decision approximately two weeks after the relevant meeting date.

Q: Who decides if a grant will be made?

A: The Board of Trustees reviews all qualifying applications and determines if they may be funded, and at what level.

Q: To whom should I correspond with at the Foundation?

A: Correspondence to the Western New York Foundation may be addressed to:

Beth Gosch
Executive Director
Western New York Foundation
11 Summer Street
Buffalo, NY 14209

Phone: (716) 839-4225
Email: bgosch@wnyfoundation.org

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