The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo 2018 Competitive Grants

Published January 3, 2018


The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo 2018 Competitive Grants*

*This is different from The Ralph C. Wilson Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo


Projects should have focused efforts in one of the following areas:

  • Improve educational achievement for students living in low-income households (demonstrate improved grades)
  • Increase racial/ethnic equity
  • Enhance and leverage significant natural resources
  • Strengthen the region as a center for architecture, arts & culture

Download a description of the funding areas to determine suitability for your project. 


The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s mission is to connect people, ideas and resources to improve lives in the eight counties of Western New York. 


The Foundation will award approximately 20 grants from all focus areas with grants typically ranging from $18,000 to $30,000. Grants must be expended in a one-year period (multi-year requests are generally not allowed).

Check here for complete guidelines and grant history. Please review thoroughly before considering your project.


UB is limited to two LOIs total, irrespective of the focus areas.

If you are interested in applying, please submit an internal LOI by 5 PM, Jan. 15, 2018, to Donald Elick, Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundations Relations at

Your Letter of Intent should include:

  • One-page maximum description of the project; 
  • Total funding requested; and 
  • Names of PI(s) and any collaborators involved. 

UB's Corporate and Foundation Relations office will select proposals with the best chance of winning funding based on information that has been provided by the Foundation.

If your project is selected, the LOI would be due to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo by 4:00 PM, Feb. 2, 2018.