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 Niagara Area Foundation Council represent the whole of Niagara County and are committed to county-wide philanthropic efforts.

Click here to download the complete set of guidelines.

How to Apply

Applications MUST be submitted electronically online. No paper, emailed or pdf applications will be accepted. Outcome reporting will also be online when closing the grant.

Grant Opportunity

The Niagara Area Foundation (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 will be given to grant applications that have the greatest impact on positive youth development and demonstrate collaboration with other organizations.

The total amount available for disbursement in 2018 is approximately $60,000.


  • RFP posted online: September 16, 2019
  • Application deadline: 4 p.m. on October 18, 2019
  • NOTE: Applications in draft form on the website after the deadline will be considered abandoned and will not be eligible to be considered for funding
  • Notification to applicants: Mid-December 2019


Grants are awarded only to organizations that have current Section 501(c)3 status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.

Please note, NAF will not consider funding:

  • Higher education scholarships (separate application, deadlines, and process)
  • Endowments
  • Religious purposes
  • Projects for residents of other counties. Funding must support Niagara County residents only
  • 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 NAF cannot be used to support or oppose a candidate for political office
  • Projects and activities that have occurred. The NAF will not, except in extraordinary cases, provide payment or reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the funding decision being communicated to the applicant


If you have questions, or would like more information on NAF grant opportunities, contact Darren Penoyer by email at or by phone at (716) 852-2857, ext. 206.

Additional Information

Click here to download the complete set of guidelines.

Past Grant Recipients

2018 Niagara Area Foundation Competitive Grants

Catholic Charities of Buffalo – Dialectical Behavior (DBT) Training $4,000

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County- #Spark! $5,930

Dale Association –Intergenerational Program $3,500

Eastern Niagara Hospital- Comfort Care Enhancements for Children $1,022

EPIC – Every Person Influences Children- Family Bonding $7,500

Junior Achievement of WNY- Empowerment Programs in Niagara County $3,600

 Leadership Niagara – Leadership for the Youth of Niagara Communities (LYNC) $4,000

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Foundation – Parent Education and Advocacy $3,500

Playworks Education Energized – Growing Safe and Healthy Play in Niagara County $8,200

Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County – Support Site, School, and Community Based Mentoring $10,000

YMCA of Lockport – Kids to Camp $4,000

YWCA of the Niagara Frontier – Preschool Gym Equipment $4,438

2017 Niagara Area Foundation Competitive Grants 

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns of WNY –  North Tonawanda After-School Program School-Day Expansion  $10,000

Dale Association, Inc. – Intergenerational Program  $8,065 

Emmet Belknap Intermediate School –  Outstanding Orff $4,500 

EPIC – Every Person Influences Children – Family Bonding $4,572

Grassroots Gardens of WNY – Garden to School Niagara $6,000 

Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club – Summer Expansion Program $8,000

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Foundation –  Responding to Youth with Problematic Sexual Behaviors  $9,000 

Reach Out and Read Inc. – Early Literacy Program for Pediatric Primary Care in Niagara County $5,000  

The Salvation Army-Lockport – Support for Youth Programming  $5,000

Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County, Inc. – Site and Community Based Mentoring  $10,000 

YWCA of the Niagara Frontier – Early Childhood Education Technology Program $5,502