The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester supports the crucial work of local nonprofits – we can help you do your work better!
Grantmaking is the heart of the Community Foundation’s work enhancing the quality of life in the Greater Rochester area. With years of history in our community and expertise in effective philanthropy, we are in the position to assess community needs and opportunities. The Foundation welcomes grant requests, especially those that support innovative projects focusing on Culture, Community, Development, Education, Environment, Human Concerns and Youth.
The Foundation administers over 100 funds and awards grants at various times during the year. While some donors recommend that their funds help specific charitable organizations, others make unrestricted contributions that allow the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees to meet the most pressing community needs. Our goal is to link people who care with causes that matter.
Our grants are awarded to respond to new programs, emerging needs and innovative services for the benefit of our community. Applications for grants are accepted from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Rochester area and to individuals for educational scholarships through the Community Scholarship Program. The Community Foundation does not make grants for normal operating expenses or political campaigns.
A Letter of Intent outlining the proposed project and the funds requested may be submitted at any time. A staff member will contact you to discuss the proposed project and funding opportunities available. Many organizations have found that this informal approach gives them a helpful start in communicating their vision and also in understanding the Community Foundation’s role within the community. If the proposal meets the Community Foundation’s criteria and funding capability, applicants will be invited to submit a grant application.
To submit a request for funding, please use the specific application indicated below
The General Grantmaking Program distributes grants from Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds for projects focusing on Culture, Community, Development, Education, Environment, Human Concerns and Youth.
The Men’s Fund continues the tradition of local service started by the Metropolitan Club. The Men’s Fund focuses on the “basics” -- programs and projects that support food, emergency services and education.
The Women’s Fund established by local women to “help women help themselves.”
For additional grant information, contact the Community Foundation Office at (248) 608-2804.