Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

$100,000 Grant Available for WNY Nonprofits with Community Project Ideas

Sep 29, 2015 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY – The 21st Century Fund, a fund and giving circle of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, is now accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for its 2015-2016 grant cycle. Applications must be submitted online at and are due December 4, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. A group of selected applicants with high-impact projects will be invited to present at a live event in March 2016 where 21st Century members will then vote to award one $100,000 grant in April 2016.

Organizations interested in learning more about the 2015-2016 grant process are encouraged to attend one of the two grant briefing sessions held on October 14, 2015 and October 19, 2015. Interested parties must register online at

The 21st Century Fund (the Fund) is unique in that the members pay a one-time fee to join and every two years come together and vote to award a $100,000 grant for a specific project they feel is of strategic importance to Western New York. In 2014, more than 350 Fund members chose Explore & More Children’s Museum as the grant winner from a pool of 19 grant applicants. Prior award winners include Westminster Economic Development Initiative’s West Side Bazaar project and the Buffalo Zoological Society’s rainforest exhibit.

Lifetime members can join as individuals, families, businesses, or organizations for $2,100, and membership pledges can be paid over five years. A special rate of $1,000 is available to people 35 years of age and younger, which can also be paid over five years. The Fund’s membership includes a diverse group of professionals, families, students, and more.

For more information, organizations and individuals can contact the Community Foundation’s Client Relations department at (716) 852-2857 or by email at

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