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Aging, Labor / Management Relations, Youth

Funding Opportunity

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.  Applications will not be considered from organizations for the same or similar programs that have received funding from the John F. Wegman Fund in the past 18 months or those that have yet to submit a final report for any program.

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)

The deadline is 4 pm Friday, May 10, 2019.


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 2019 sample application form.

Notification Date(s)

Applications will be considered by the John F. Wegman Fund Advisory Committee over four cycles annually. The grantmaking process is as follows:

  • Applications are due in February, May, August, and November.
  • The Advisory Committee screens applications and conducts site visits for selected applicants.
  • The Advisory Committee reviews applications and site visit reports and makes funding recommendations.
  • The Advisory Committee’s funding recommendations are acted upon by the Community Foundation's Board of Directors.
  • The Community Foundation announces decisions and notifies applicants.
                                     Application Deadlines   Screening & Review Period    Decisions Announced
Grantmaking Cycle 1          February                             March-May                               June
Grantmaking Cycle 2             May                                  June-August                             August
Grantmaking Cycle 3          August                        September-November                November
Grantmaking Cycle 4        November                      December-February                    February


Sara Bukowiec
Rochester Area Community Foundation
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607-1912

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PHONE 585.271.4100 | FAX 585.271.4292 |
500 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607


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