Overview and Grant Schedule

Funding Opportunities

Competitive Grants
The Community Foundation oversees three categories of competitive grants. All applications are reviewed by staff and volunteer committees before being put before our board for final approval.

  1. Equity and Vitality Grants, reviewed by our Program / Distributions Committee.
  2. Giving Circle Grants, reviewed by Giving Circle members.
  3. Advisory Committee Grants, reviewed by fund committees.

Once you have visited our Search for Grants section, explored these categories, and identified all relevant grants, you may apply for multiple grants for which your organization qualifies. For instance, if you seek funding for an aging services program, you may be eligible for both an Equity and Vitality grant under Vitality: Promoting Successful Aging and a grant from the John F. Wegman Fund, which also makes grants for aging. For opportunities that allow multiple grant applications in one year — such as the John F. Wegman Fund, with quarterly application deadlines — we recommend applicants only apply for that funding opportunity once every 12 months. 

New opportunities will be listed as they become available. To stay informed about upcoming grant applications and deadlines, please sign up for our quarterly newsletter, Grant Opportunities.

Typical Grant Size

Funding can vary from $500 to $50,000, depending on the specific opportunity. Each grant description in our Search for Grants section contains detailed information under the heading "Typical Grant Size."

Online Application Process

We are excited to introduce our new online grant system, which offers some valuable benefits:

  • An updated and efficient Applicant Dashboard that allows applicants to keep everything in one central location;
  • A list of available funding opportunities in one place;
  • The ability to preview and print application questions; and
  • Edit account information/change your password.

Questions about creating a new account? Click here for a brief tutorial video.

Below is our most up-to-date competitive grants schedule. The schedule is subject to change; for the most accurate and timely information, please sign up for our quarterly newsletter, Grant Opportunities, which will be distributed in 2019 on June 26, September 30, and December 18.

Current Opportunities

Opportunity Deadline
Equity Grants: Partnering Against Poverty [Green City Grant] Monday, July 1, 2019

Wayne County [Bullis Fund]

Friday, July 12, 2019
LGBT [LGBT+ Giving Circle] Thursday, August 1, 2019
Aging, Youth/Character, Labor/Mgmt. [John F. Wegman Fund] Friday, August 9, 2019
Early Childhood [Rochester's Child] Friday, August 23, 2019
Community Engagement, Education, Poverty, Women & Girls [NextGen] Friday, August 30, 2019
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Upcoming Opportunities

Opportunity Deadline

Vitality Grants [Supporting Arts and Culture]

Friday, November 15, 2019
Arts and Culture, Children & Youth, Violence Prevention [Joan & Harold Feinbloom Supporting Foundation] Friday, December 6, 2019
Youth Sports [Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Youth Sports] Friday, January 17, 2020
Neighborhoods, Poverty [Special Regional Improvement Grants - NeighborGood (West)] Friday March 6, 2020
Yates County [Yates Community Endowment] Monday, March 16, 2020
Wayne County [Wayne County Community Endowment] Friday, March 20, 2020
Women [Rochester Women's Giving Circle] March 2020

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