Niagara Area Foundation Grants

County-wide Philanthropy

The Niagara Area Foundation (NAF) was established in 2000 by a group of Niagara County individuals in the private and nonprofit sectors who felt a major charity-oriented philanthropic void existed in Niagara County

Members of the NAF Council represent the whole of Niagara County and are committed to county-wide philanthropic efforts

How to Apply

Applications are submitted electronically online through the Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager.  No paper, emailed, or pdf applications are accepted.

Detailed Guidelines/Additional Information

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

Grant Opportunity

The NAF is committed to supporting programs that will have maximum positive impact on Niagara County in the following categories

  • Health
  • Human services
  • Arts
  • Civic needs
  • Community development
  • Education
  • Environment

Preference is given to grant applications that have the greatest positive impact on positive youth development and demonstrate collaboration with other organizations.

Total amount available for disbursement in 2021 is approximately $51,000

The maximum grant available is $10,000.  If an organization wishes to submit a request for more than the maximum amount, they must contact the Foundation in advance to discuss their application.


  • Application available online September 13, 2021
  • Application due October 15, 2021 by 4 p.m. No exceptions
  • Decision notification Mid December 2021


  • Grants are awarded only to organizations that have current Section 501(c)(3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service
  • Applicants must be located or delivering services in Niagara County

At any given time, organizations can only have one open competitive grant with the NAF


For more information about the NAF competitive grants process, please contact Darren Penoyer by email at or at 716-852-2857, x206.

Last Cycle Grant Recipients

Please click here to download a list of past NAF grantees