Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

EPC Grant Opportunity

Grant Opportunity

Two grants of $2,500 each will be awarded in November 2017.
Applicants may apply for one award to enhance an existing project/program or to create a new project/program. Grant applications will be reviewed and awarded by the Emerging Philanthropists of Color members. Finalists must make a three-minute presentation and may answer follow-up questions in support of their project/program. Presentations will take place in October 2017.


Nonprofit organizations are eligible for an award by meeting the following requirements:

  • Organization has tax exempt status (in good standing) under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Organization has an operating budget of less than $1,000,000.
  • Organization’s work has a positive impact on people of color in the city of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, or Lackawanna.
  • Organization’s proposed project respects and promotes diversity AND one (1) or more of the following:
    • Improves educational achievement for low-income students
    • Increases racial/ethnic equity
    • Preserves and restore significant environmental resources and promotes equitable access
    • Strengthens the region as a center for architecture, arts, and culture

The Emerging Philanthropists of Color will not consider funding for:

  • Higher education scholarships (separate application, deadlines, and process)
  • Religious purposes
  • Projects outside Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Lackawanna
  • Schools not registered with the New York State Education Department
  • Attendance at or sponsorship of fundraising events for organizations
  • Annual events or festivals
  • Any partisan political activity. Funds from the foundation cannot be used to support or oppose a candidate for political office.
  • Projects and activities already completed.


  • RFP posted online: July 1, 2017
  • Application submissions due: August 31, 2017 by 4 PM
  • Selected organizations notified to submit four minute presentations: October 2017
  • Funding decisions announced: ~Mid October
  • Check presentation: November 2017


If you have questions, or would like more information on the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative and the EPC grant opportunity, contact Landrum Beard by email or call (716) 852-2857, ext. 231.

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