21st Century Fund Grant

Supporting High-Impact Projects Across Western New York

Every other year, area nonprofits are invited to submit a grant application for a high-impact project. Projects vary greatly, ranging from architectural restoration to the creation of urban farms. The nonprofits compete for one grant of $100,000. Members of the 21st Century Fund’s Review Committee select applicants to make presentations to the full membership at the Presentation Event. Fund Members then vote to identify four finalists at this event who will move on to the Final Vote Event.

How to Apply

Applications MUST be submitted electronically online. No paper applications will be accepted.


  • Grant Applications Available: October 1, 2019
  • Informational Sessions: October 10, 2019 5 PM – 6 PM and October 15, 2019 5 PM – 6 PM (Same presentation at both)  at Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, 726 Exchange Street, Suite 525
  • Deadline: December 6, 2019 4 PM
  • Selection of Semi-finalists Announced: Spring 2020


Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations serving the eight counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming).


For more information about the 21st Century Fund granting process contact Client Relations at (716) 852-2857.

Past Grant Recipients

2018 – Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club

2016 – Gerard Place

2014 – Explore & More Children’s Museum

2012 – Westminster Economic Development Initiative

2010 – Buffalo Museum of Science

2008 – Massachusetts Avenue Project’s Community Food Resource Center*

2006 – WNED/Buffalo Architecture Experience Video

2004 – Buffalo Zoological Society/Rainforest Exhibit Design

2003 – Buffalo State College Community Maritime Center

2002 – Burchfield Penney Art Gallery and Materials Reuse Project/Art on Wheels

2001 – Darwin Martin House Complex Restoration

*The organization declined the grant due to necessary changes to the original proposal.