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Emerging Philanthropists of Color Grants

How to Apply

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

Grant Opportunity

Two grants of $2,500 each will be awarded in December 2020.

Applicants may apply for one award to enhance an existing STEM-focused project/program or to create a new STEM-focused project/program. Grant applications will be reviewed and awarded by the Emerging Philanthropists of Color members. Finalists must make a three-minute presentation and may answer follow-up questions in support of their project/program. Presentations will take place in November 2020.


  • RFP posted online: October 15, 2020
  • Application submissions due: November 5 by 4 p.m.
  • Selected organizations notified to submit four-minute presentations: November 12, 2020
  • Funding decisions announced: December 3, 2020


Nonprofit organizations are eligible for an award by meeting the following requirements:

  • Organization has tax exempt status (in good standing) under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Organization has an operating budget of less than $1,000,000
  • Organization’s work has a positive impact on people of color in the city of Buffalo, Niagara Falls or Lackawanna
  • Organization’s proposed project respects and promotes diversity AND one (1) or more of the following:
    • Improves educational achievement and workforce readiness for residents living in low-income households
    • Increases racial/ethnic equity
    • Preserves and restore significant environmental resources and promotes equitable access
    • Strengthens the region as a center for architecture, arts and culture

The Emerging Philanthropists of Color will not consider funding for:

  • Higher education scholarships (separate application, deadlines and process)
  • Religious purposes
  • Projects outside Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Lackawanna
  • Schools not registered with the New York State Education Department
  • Attendance at or sponsorship of fundraising events for organizations
  • Annual events or festivals
  • Any partisan political activity (funds from the foundation cannot be used to support or oppose a candidate for political office)
  • Projects and activities already completed


If you have questions or would like more information regarding the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative and the EPC grant opportunity, please call (716) 852-2857 or email cgli@cfgb.org.

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