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Wyoming Foundation Grants

Tackling Community Needs, One at a Time

The Wyoming Foundation was established in 1974 by Dr. James MacCallum as a means to improve the quality of life in Wyoming County. Since 1977, the Wyoming Foundation has actively supported a wide variety of cultural, educational and human service organizations.

In 2012, the Wyoming Foundation, in conjunction with the community and nonprofit professionals, undertook a survey to identify the most pressing needs of Wyoming County. The Wyoming County Needs Assessment was introduced to the public at a September forum.

During the 2018 competitive grant cycle, the Wyoming Foundation awarded grants to nine nonprofit organizations in Wyoming County that support a wide variety of community needs.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically online through our Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager system.

Grant Opportunity

For the 2019 competitive grants process, the Wyoming Foundation will give funding preference to grant applications focusing on at least one of its two priorities.

  • To provide educational opportunities to youth, which equip them for future careers.
  • Support and promote arts/cultural opportunities in Wyoming County.
  • The Wyoming Foundation will support initiatives and programs that can show maximum positive impact on Wyoming County.

Approximately $23,000 is available to support competitive grants for this period. The maximum grant available through the Wyoming Foundation competitive process is $5,000. Collaborative projects are encouraged.


  • RFP accepted online: TBD


  • Applicants must be located or delivering services in Wyoming County, NY.
  • Grants are awarded only to organizations that have current Section 501(c)(3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service
  • At any given time, organizations can only have one open competitive grant with the Foundation

The Foundation will not consider competitive funding for:

  • Higher education scholarships (separate application, deadlines, and process)
  • Endowments
  • Religious purposes
  • Projects outside Wyoming County
  • 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 that have occurred (the Foundation will not, except in extraordinary cases, provide payment or reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the funding decision being communicated to the applicant)


For more information about the Wyoming Foundation’s grant process contact Darren Penoyer by email at or at (716) 852-2857, x206.

Additional Information

Please click here to download the complete set of guidelines and application questions.

Last Cycle's Grant Recipients

Please click here to download a list of past Wyoming Foundation grantees.