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Rochester Area Community Foundation (Rochester, New York)

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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology


    Rochester Area Community Foundation


    The Community Foundation promotes two broad grant making goals that align with their vision for community change:

    • Creating an Equitable Community
      • Closing Academic Achievement and Opportunity Gaps: Making a significant and sustainable reduction in the academic achievement and opportunity gap as experienced by many children, with emphasis on children living in the City of Rochester.
      • Fostering Racial and Ethnic Understanding and Equity: Creating community awareness of racial and ethnic inequities and building sustained, community-based collaborative initiatives that remediate and prevent such inequities. 
      • Partnering Against Poverty: Creating community awareness and understanding of the concentration of poverty and how it affects the community, and encouraging efforts that address its effects.
    • Strengthening the Region's Vitality
      • Supporting Arts and Culture: Encouraging vibrant and diverse arts and cultural offerings and improving the capacity of local arts organizations.
      • Preserving Historical Assets: Preserving the region's rich historical assets and promoting educational efforts that build on these assets.
      • Promoting Successful Aging: Fostering successful aging by helping to create more age-friendly communities.

    Additional funding opportunities are available, please see the foundation's website for more information.

    The Community Foundation also provides funding opportunities through Advisory Committee Funds and Quick Review Grants. More information is available on the program website.


    History of Funding

    Previous awards can be viewed at: and

    Additional Information

    Rochester Area Community Foundation's competitive grants support programs, projects, and initiatives within the region that address the Foundation's goals and action areas and align with the applicant's mission. Proposals for competitive grants are expected to address each of the following principles:

    • Capacity for impact: Demonstrate capacity and potential for achieving and sustaining significant and long-term impact.
    • Plan of action: Include a plan of action with evidence that the plan is likely to achieve its intended outcomes.
    • Structural change and innovation: promote structural change and/or inspire innovation that
      • Strengthens and stabilizes local assets and/or
      • Dramatically improves policies, systems, operations, or relationships.
    • Collaboration and inclusion: Bolster collaboration by working to involve a relevant and diverse community of stakeholders in planning, implementation, and evaluation.
    • Leveraged assets: Leverage new and existing assets, organizations, relationships, initiatives, and investments to improve the likelihood of significant impact, efficiency, and sustainability.
    • Measurement, monitoring, and evaluation: Include measurable objectives and outcomes with a plan to monitor and evaluate progress.

    The Community Foundation's competitive grants program generally does not fund special events, fundraising campaigns, religious activities, endowments, buildings (except for historical assets), or debt retirement.


    Rochester Community Foundation Program Contact

    Rochester Community Foundation Program Contact
    500 East Avenue
    Rochester, NY 14607
    (585) 271-4100
    (585) 271-4292

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status from the IRS, local units of government, or public agencies within the Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, and Yates counties in upstate New York. Public sector entities are also eligible for funding.

    Deadline Details

    Application deadlines vary by program, opportunities for March 28, June 27, September 26 and December 12, 2022 are currently listed.

    Please check the funder's website often for updates.

    Award Details

    Award amounts vary by proposal, but generally range from $500 to $50,000 each.

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