Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Niagara Area Foundation Grants


The Niagara Area Foundation (NAF) was established in 2000 by a group of Niagara County individuals in the private and nonprofit sectors who felt a major charity-oriented philanthropic void existed in Niagara County.

Members of the Niagara Area Foundation Board of Directors represent the whole of Niagara County and are committed to county-wide philanthropic efforts.

Grant Opportunity

The Niagara Area Foundation (NAF) is committed to supporting programs that will have maximum positive impact on Niagara County in the following categories:

  • Health
  • Human services
  • Arts
  • Civic needs
  • Community development
  • Education
  • Environment

Preference will be given to grant applications that have the greatest impact on positive youth development and demonstrate collaboration with other organizations.

The total amount available for disbursement in 2016 is approximately $65,800.


Grants are awarded only to organizations that have current Section 501(c)3 status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.

Please note, NAF will not consider funding:

  • Higher education scholarships (separate application, deadlines, and process)
  • Endowments
  • Religious purposes
  • Projects for residents of other counties. Funding must support Niagara County residents only
  • 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 NAF cannot be used to support or oppose a candidate for political office
  • Projects and activities that have occurred. The NAF will not, except in extraordinary cases, provide payment or reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the funding decision being communicated to the applicant


  • RFP posted online: September 15, 2017
  • Application deadline: 4:00 p.m. on October 16, 2017
    NOTE: Applications in draft form on the website after the deadline will be considered abandoned and will not be eligible to be considered for funding.
  • Notification to applicants: Mid-December 2017


If you have questions, or would like more information on NAF grant opportunities, contact Darren Penoyer by email or call 716-852-2857, x 206.

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