Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Awards More Than $500,000 to Western New York Organizations

Buffalo, NYThe Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo announced awards totaling more than $500,000 to 28 Western New York nonprofit organizations through its 2019 Competitive Grants process. Competitive grants have been awarded to area nonprofits that support the Community Foundation’s four strategic community goals:

  • Improve educational achievement and workforce readiness for residents living in low-income households
  • Increase racial/ethnic equity
  • Protect and restore significant environmental resources and promote equitable access
  • Strengthen the region as a center for architecture, arts and culture

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo 2019 Competitive Grant recipients are:

  • Be-A-Friend Program, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County
  • BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund
  • Buffalo Arts Studio
  • Buffalo Arts and Technology Center
  • Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper
  • Buffalo Urban League
  • Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts (CEPA)
  • Clean Air Coalition of WNY
  • Create a Healthier Niagara Falls Collaborative
  • Erie County SPCA
  • Family Help Center
  • Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council
  • Gliding Stars
  • Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theater
  • Grassroots Gardens of WNY
  • Journey’s End Refugee Services
  • Just Buffalo Literary Center
  • Massachusetts Avenue Project
  • MCC-DC dba West Side Community Services
  • Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club
  • Peace of the City
  • Silver Lake Institute
  • Squeaky Wheel
  • Ujima Company
  • Uncrowned Queens Institute
  • Valley Community Association
  • Vision Beyond Sight Foundation
  • WNY Women’s Foundation

Grant awards are made possible by clients who have established funds at the Community Foundation to address our community’s changing needs. Information about the 2020 Competitive Grants Process will be posted soon at


Celebrating its centennial year in 2019, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. A 501 (c)(3) organization, the Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. For 100 years the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. Learn more at