Communities Of Giving Legacy Initiative

One-time Grant Opportunity

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) announced a one-time grant opportunity in 2023 to support the Buffalo community most directly impacted by the horrific racially-motivated mass shooting that occurred on May 14, 2022. This grant process is made possible thanks to the generosity of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on May 1, 2023.

About the CGLI

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative® (CGLI), a fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, recognizes the importance of endowment-building as a sustainable means of inspiring philanthropy for and within communities of color. CGLI Council Members all share a desire to “pay it forward” in honor of those who helped them succeed by creating a legacy of success that will encourage collective giving to support positive change in the lives of youth of color.

To learn more about the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) click here

How to Apply

Applications MUST be submitted electronically online. No paper, emailed, or pdf applications will be accepted.

Grant Opportunity

The Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI) will consider requests that support and will have a positive impact on trailblazing youth of color within the 14208 or 14209 zip codes within the City of Buffalo.



Application opens online: April 3, 2023

Application deadline: May 1, 2023 at 4 p.m. No exceptions.

Decision notification: Mid-June 2023


  • Applicants must be serving zip codes 14208 or 14209 within the City of Buffalo.
  • Applicants must be serving youth ages 10 to 17.
  • Grants are awarded only to organizations that have current Section 501(c) (3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Preference will be given to primarily Black-led 501(c)(3) organizations.

Grant Guidelines

Please click here to download the complete set of guidelines and application questions.


For grant-related and technical questions, please contact Ba Zan Lin at (716) 852-2857 ext. 243 or