The Community Foundation - Rochester Area The Community Foundation


The Community Foundation's Board recently authorized a restructuring of its competitive grantmaking priorities to reflect the Foundation's continuing interest in both equity and vitality.

Click here for current grant opportunities. The website will be continually updated throughout 2014 to reflect the following goals:

 Create an Equitable Community by:

  • Making a significant and sustainable reduction in the academic achievement gap as currently experienced by many children, primarily in the City of Rochester.
  • Fostering racial and ethnic understanding and equity.
  • Creating a community awareness and understanding of the concentration of poverty and how it affects our community; and encouraging community and economic development efforts that address these issues.

Strengthen our Region’s Vitality by:

  • Encouraging vibrant and diverse arts and cultural offerings and improving the capacity of local arts organizations.
  • Preserving our region’s rich historical assets and promoting educational efforts that build on these assets.
  • Fostering successful aging by helping to create more age-friendly communities.

On January 10th a Nonprofit Orientation was held to announce the Community Foundation’s New Grantmaking and Community Leadership Framework. The slides from this session and Grantmaking Principles are now available.

We encourage you to join our email list to receive regular grant alerts and updates. Contact Program Assistant LaKeya Hall at (585) 341-4348.

In the sections below, you will find the purpose, eligibility criteria, application procedure and form, contact person, deadline, and typical grant size listed for each grant opportunity. Information is updated regularly so check often! 




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Arts and Culture    Civic Engagement    Early Childhood    Education
Health and Environment    Historical Preservation    Successful Aging    Youth and Families
Women and Girls     Specific Counties           

Other grant opportunities at the Community Foundation:

Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester

Bullis Fund (Wayne County)


Feinbloom Supporting Foundation

John F. Wegman Fund

Labor/Management Relations

LGBT Fund for Greater Rochester


Quick Review

Rochester Area Community Foundation Distributions Committee

Rochester-Monroe County Youth Bureau

Rochester Women's Giving Circle

Rochester's Child

Wayne County Community Endowment

Violence Prevention