The Emerging Philanthropists of Color Initiative Now Accepting Grant Applications for Two $2,500 Awards

Buffalo, N.Y. — 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 grant opportunity under its Emerging Philanthropists of Color (EPC) initiative. EPC members will award two $2,500 grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving people of color that are located in Buffalo, Lackawanna or Niagara Falls.

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

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


Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, and must 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 and works to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color. The CGLI’s EPC initiative was designed for young professionals of color who are building their networks while finding ways to give back together and make an impact. Members work to spark a curiosity to learn about giving – personally and collectively – within communities of color at any age.

EPC membership empowers young professionals on a path to wealth building that will allow them to make in an impact now and in the future. Yearly contributions from each member are pooled together to provide annual grants to organizations serving communities of color. The grant beneficiaries will be recognized at the CGLI’s annual signature event, the Pay It Forward Awards, in November.

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



About the CGLI

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative® (CGLI), a fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, exists to cultivate positive change in the lives of trailblazing youth of color living within Western New York. The CGLI works towards this mission through endowment building, engaging strategic partners, and intentional community connections. For additional information about the CGLI, please visit


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