What We Do

We are a small, private Foundation which provides grants to agencies in Erie County, NY. Grants must serve the direct needs of children whose permanent residence is in Erie County, NY. All agencies must have IRS 501(c)(3) status. No grants are made to individuals.

It is not the intention of the Children’s Foundation to fund endowments, but rather to expend funds so as to directly benefit children. Grants are generally between $2,000 - $10,000.

Application deadline for grants is January 30. The Trustees meet to review applications in February and decisions are made by May 15. Apply for a grant today.

The Children’s Foundation of Erie Co. is a member of the NY Funder’s Alliance.

Our Mission

The Children’s Foundation mission is to support not for profit organizations that are committed to improving the quality of life for at risk children in the County of Erie. Our grants are focused on organizations that have a proven track record of assisting, protecting and/or enhancing the lives and potential of children up to the age of 21 in the County of Erie, New York.

See our full grant recipients list for examples of organizations we've worked with in the past.