Josephine Goodyear Foundation Grants

Supporting the Disadvantaged Since 1912

The Josephine Goodyear Foundation traces its roots back to 1912 when Mrs. Frank Goodyear donated funds to build the Josephine Goodyear Convalescent Home on Main Street in Williamsville, New York. The home housed disadvantaged women and children and provided pre-operative services to prepare them for the rigors of early surgery and to provide post-surgery recovery. After World War II, with the development of antibiotics, the need for such services was greatly reduced. The property was then sold, and the foundation was established.

The Josephine Goodyear Foundation Fund now funds approximately 50 annual grants totaling about $300,000. Grant decisions are made at Advisory Council meetings held in May and September of each year by our Contributions Committee.

How to Apply

Grant applications should be sent to:

Edward F. Walsh, Jr.
801 Main Street
Buffalo, NY-14203

Grant Opportunity

Our mission calls for assistance to non-profit agencies which help “indigent women and children, particularly with their physical needs”. In the past, most of our efforts have been focused on medical facilities but we have broadened that scope in more recent years so that we can aid disadvantaged women and children in other ways. Our funding is concentrated on the Greater Buffalo area.


  • Applications are accepted from tax-exempt organizations in two pages or less with deadline dates of April 15 and August 15 each year.
  • Grant decisions are made at Advisory Council meetings held in May and September of each year


Requests for grants should include the following:

  • Preferably typed in two pages or less
  • Brief summary of organization’s history, mission, goals, current programs, activities and accomplishments
  • Total dollar amount being requested complete with a statement summarizing this grant request (2 sentences maximum)
  • Description and number of persons to be served and how they will benefit from this project
  • What other organizations, if any, in the community are doing a similar project and are you collaborating with other organizations on this project
  • Long-term strategies for funding this project after the grant dollars are spent
  • The status, if you have requested grants of other Foundations, corporations or funding sources for this project
  • List of current Board of Directors, and name, address, phone and fax of key contact person if different than signature on request letter
  • Indication that you are a tax exempt 501(c)3 organization

Please note, although we do not automatically reject subsequent year requests, they are usually given a lower priority.


If you have questions, or would like more information on grant opportunities, contact Cathy Tojek by phone at 716-362-7342.