Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Awards More Than $930,000 to Western New York Organizations

Buffalo, N.Y. — The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo announced awards totaling more than $930,000 to 41 Western New York nonprofit organizations through its 2022 Competitive Grants process. Competitive grants have been awarded to area nonprofits that support at least one of the Community Foundation’s four 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 2022 Competitive Grants recipients are:

  • Belle Center
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie Niagara and the Southern Tier
  • Buffalo Arts Studio
  • Buffalo History Museum
  • Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy
  • Buffalo Society of Natural Sciences
  • Buffalo String Works
  • Buffalo Urban League
  • Burchfield-Penney Art Center
  • Center for Employment Opportunities
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County
  • Erie County SPCA
  • Field and Fork Network
  • Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council
  • Gerard Place
  • GO Bike Buffalo
  • Gowanda’s Historic Hollywood Theatre
  • Groundwork Buffalo
  • Hawk Creek Wildlife Center
  • Housing Opportunities Made Equal
  • Jewish Family Services of Buffalo and Erie County
  • Karen Society of Buffalo
  • Learning Disabilities Association of WNY
  • Metro Community Development Corporation
  • National Federation of Just Communities of WNY
  • Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club
  • Niagara Organizing Alliance for Hope
  • Northland Workforce Training Center
  • Open Buffalo
  • Preservation Buffalo Niagara
  • Providence Farm Collective
  • Resource Council of WNY
  • Somali Bantu Community Organization of WNY
  • Springville Center for the Arts
  • Stitch Buffalo
  • Vision Beyond Sight Foundation
  • VOICE Buffalo
  • WAHI Studio
  • Westminster Economic Development Initiative
  • WNY Book Arts Center

The Community Foundation had additional funding available in 2022 resulting in an increase in total grants. It will likely return to funding amounts more typical of prior cycles in 2023.


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 2023 Competitive Grants Process will be posted soon at




About the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

For more than a century, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has enhanced and encouraged 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. Established in 1919, 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