African American Giving Initiative

Categories: African American Community Issues, African Americans, Poverty, Race / Ethnicity


The focus of the African American Giving Initiative is to build on the assets and address the challenges experienced most strongly within the African American community. Through its annual grantmaking, the Giving Initiative supports projects and programs that positively impact or directly reduce an identified disparity in the African American community and lead to systemic change. Collaboration with partners and/or the ability to replicate program achievements are also key components of a successful application.

Click here to learn more about the Giving Initiative.

Typical Grant Size

Each year, the Giving Initiative members will determine how many grants and the size of grants awarded based on the number and quality of the applications. Only grant proposals of $1,000 – $4,000 will be considered. Visit our page in the “About” section for a history of grants awarded.

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties with 501(c)(3) status that are actively working to reduce disparities that affect the African American community. Consideration will also be given to initiatives that receive fiscal sponsorship from a 501(c)(3) organization.

Application Due Date(s)

The most recent deadline  to submit an application was Monday, November 20,  2023.

Future opportunities will be announced in our quarterly e-newsletter, Grant Opportunities. (Click to subscribe.)


Applications are accepted online. Click here to begin a new application, create a new online account, or return to your account.

Note: Our application includes a request for the demographics of applicants’ boards and staff. This information will not be used to determine grant awards. Rather, it will be used to provide a snapshot of the diversity within community organizations that have applied for and/or received Community Foundation funding.


Dawn Perry
Giving Circle Associate
Rochester Area Community Foundation
500 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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