Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

The Emerging Philanthropists of Color Program is Accepting Grant Applications for Two $2,500 Awards

Aug 02, 2016 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY – The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI), an initiative that aims to expand access to philanthropy in communities of color, is proud to announce a new grant opportunity under its Emerging Philanthropists of Color (EPC) program. Members will award two $2,500 grants to youth-serving 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that are located in Buffalo, Lackawanna or Niagara Falls during the inaugural grantmaking year.

Interested nonprofits should detail a proposed project that supports and/or promotes diversity and focuses on one or more of the following:

  • Improving educational achievement for low-income students
  • Increasing racial/ethnic equity
  • Enhancing and leverages significant natural resources
  • Strengthening the region as a center for architecture, arts and culture

Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on August 31, 2016 and can be submitted online at

The CGLI, a fund and initiative of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, was created to increase philanthropy within and for Western New York communities of color. The CGLI’s EPC program was designed to introduce aspiring philanthropists of color to collective giving and offers a group setting for mentoring and networking, as well as an opportunity for one-on-one meetings and philanthropic inspiration. Yearly contributions from each member are pooled together to provide annual grants to youth-serving organizations. The grant winners will be notified in mid-October 2016 and recognized at the CGLI’s annual signature event – the Pay It Forward Awards in mid-November 2016.

For more information about the EPC program and membership details, please visit

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