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.

One-time Grant Opportunity

Interested nonprofit organizations should detail a proposed project in the application that will have a positive impact on trailblazing youth of color within the zip codes of the impacted community noted below. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Serve zip codes 14208 or 14209 within the City of Buffalo
  • Serve youth ages 10 to 17
  • Be an organization with a current 501(c)(3) status; preference will be given to Black-led 501(c)(3) organizations.

The maximum grant available through the CGLI grant process is $10,000. A total amount of $30,000 is available to support this one-time competitive grant opportunity.


Final decisions approximately mid-June, 2023


  • Applicants must be serving zip codes 14208 or 14209 of 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.

Detailed Guidelines/Additional Information

Please click here to download the detailed CGLI competitive process general information and guidelines.


For more information about the CGLI competitive grants process, please contact Aaron Hord by email at or at (716) 852-2857 ext. 256.