Wayne County Community Endowment

Categories: Aging, Children, Wayne County, Youth


To improve the health and quality of life for residents in Wayne County (NY), especially youth and seniors.

Typical Grant Size

The typical grant size for a Wayne County Community Endowment grant ranges from $1,000 to $5,000.

WCCE will award one larger grant to an applicant that is implementing an innovative approach to addressing food insecurity, transportation and/or housing challenges in the county.

Eligibility Criteria

All applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization or sponsored by a charitable, nonprofit organization and serving Wayne County.

Letters of Intent are invited from organizations wishing to apply for funding.

The Wayne County Community Endowment Fund has limited resources and looks for opportunities to provide small amounts of money that significantly impact community-based programs during their general grantmaking round. The grant preference is for agencies, projects, and programs that:

  • Benefit Wayne County residents;
  • Demonstrate that the project can be sustained;
  • Measure the project’s success and its results in the community;
  • Focus on important community quality of life issues and needs;
  • Focus on new or expanded projects, not continued support of on-going projects.

Letters of Intent will not be accepted or considered for:

  • Individual Wayne County residents;
  • Debt reduction;
  • Religious activities, although non-religious activities provided through religious institutions will be considered; or
  • Fundraising campaigns, such as endowment or capital campaigns.

Organizations are urged to participate in one of a variety of communications programs through Causewave Community Partners (formerly the Ad Council of Rochester). Contact Katelin at kpellett@causewave.org or 585.442.0200 ext. 204 for more information about the programs and grant support for programming.

Application Due Date(s)

The most recent deadline to submit Letters of Intent was January 26, 2024. To submit a Letter of Intent, please click here.

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

For inquiries about the Wayne County Community Endowment Fund, please contact sbukowiec@racf.org.


Select organizations will be invited to submit a full application after the committee reviews Letters of Intent. Full applications were due by Friday, March 22, 2024.


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

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