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Aging, Labor / Management Relations, Youth

Funding Opportunity

(ACTIVE) John F. Wegman Fund


Concerns of the elderly, character-building opportunities for youth, and improved labor/management relations through education or other means.

History: Established in 1953 by John F. Wegman's will, this fund addresses "charitable and philanthropic and educational purposes which will make for the welfare of the Rochester and Monroe County community ... particularly giving assistance in the case of the aged, whether institutionalized or not, and to character building agencies ... and in developing through educational work and otherwise, better relationships between capital and labor."

Since 1964, the John F. Wegman Fund has focused on "new or experimental programs for a limited period of time." Membership of the committee established by the will includes members of the Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant faith communities, the United Way of Greater Rochester, and organized labor.

The John F. Wegman Fund is not affiliated with the Wegmans stores or with the Wegman Family Charitable Foundation.

Typical Grant Size

The John F. Wegman Fund awards an average of 27 grants annually. These grants typically range from $1,500 to $10,000, with a median size of $7,300.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations serving Monroe County, NY.  Applicants that have received funding within the previous 15 months are usually not considered.

Funding Criteria

The John F. Wegman Fund has limited resources and looks for opportunities to provide small amounts of money that significantly impact community-based programs. Most awards are one-time grants for specific, participant-driven projects. The grant preference is for agencies, projects, and programs that are:

  • Small scale
  • Start-up
  • Innovative (develop or adapt new strategies)
  • Participant-driven (based on identified needs of beneficiaries)

Examples of recent awards:

  • Concerns of the elderly: Funding to support affordable transportation for seniors to health-related appointments.
  • Character-building opportunities for youth: Funding to empower at-risk youth through workplace skill development and educating students in a supportive, multi-sensory learning environment so that they all become successful learners.
  • Improved labor/management relations:: Funding to create a website to educate Rochester's local workforce and workers throughout New York State on their rights as employees.

Proscribed Funding

The John F. Wegman Fund does not provide support for:

  • Annual giving campaigns
  • Capital building
  • Fellowships
  • Individuals
  • Operating deficits
  • Political campaigns
  • Religious activities

The John F. Wegman Fund gives limited consideration to:

  • Land acquisition
  • Renewable grants
  • Staff training

Application Due Date(s)

Applications must be submitted online by 4PM on Friday, November 9, 2018.


To begin a new application or return to your account, click here.

Click here to access the John F. Wegman Final Report Form for grants award before April 2018. For grants awarded after April 2018, please log in to your account using the link above.

For reference only, please see the sample application form.


Notification Date(s)

Applications will be reviewed by the Wegman Fund Committee four times annually:

  • Applications are typically screened in March, June, September, and December; some are selected for site visits;
  • Committee members conduct site visits and review proposals with applicants;
  • Committee typically reviews site visit reports and makes funding decisions in May, August, November, and February;
  • Committee's funding recommendations are approved by the Community Foundation's board of directors.


Lori Banning
Rochester Area Community Foundation
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607-1912

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