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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo opens competitive grant process, accepting letters of intent


Wed, Jan 3rd 2024 10:10 pm

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is now accepting letters of intent for its 2024 competitive grant process through 4 p.m. Feb. 2. Interested organizations should read the detailed guidelines and additional information that can be found online before submitting: https://www.cfgb.org/nonprofits/grants/community-foundation/.

Letter of intent proposals must address at least one of the solutions listed under the Community Foundation’s four community goals:

Goal I: Increase racial/ethnic equity


√ Increase interaction and bridge racial/ethnic divides between residents and organizations throughout Western New York.

√ Promote civic engagement and leadership in communities of color.

Goal II: Promote economic mobility through educational achievement for residents living in low-income households


√ Improve the school readiness of children (ages 5 and under) living in communities of poverty.

√ Improve the academic achievement and postsecondary completion of students living in low-income households with a preference for systems change.

Goal III: Steward significant environmental resources in the context of climate resilience


√ Protect and restore the region’s waterways.

√ Strengthen individual environmental organizations and support a more racially inclusive and collaborative environmental community.

Goal IV: Promote regional vibrancy through architecture, arts and culture


√ Increase access to long-term arts instruction for children and youth living in low-income households.

√ Strengthen race equity through the arts.

√ Restore and leverage significant historic buildings and architectural landmarks, with a preference for sites that promote cultural tourism. (Defining historic as official recognition by State/National Register of Historic Places or local preservation ordinance.)

Special funding is available to support programs that serve the visual, speech or hearing impaired (~$5,000). Preference for this funding will be given to requests that also align with one or more of the four community goals listed above.

Additionally, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in or serving one of the eight counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming).

Learn more at cfgb.org.

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