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John F. Wegman Fund Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for Programs That
Benefit Seniors, or Youth, or Improve Employee Relations

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Foundation / Corporation

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Rochester Area Community Foundation (RACF) - John F. Wegman Fund

Deadline Date:

05/08/20 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to New York nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for programs that benefit local communities. Funding is intended to support innovative programs that serve the needs of the elderly, promote character development among youth, and improve relations between labor and management among the local workforce. Eligible nonprofits serve the residents of Monroe County. Most awards are one-time grants for specific, participant-driven projects.

Awards in these categories have recently included: 

  • 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.

The John F. Wegman Fund looks for opportunities to provide small amounts of money that significantly impact community-based programs. 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)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171156

Number of Grants:

The John F. Wegman Fund awards an average of 27 grants annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

These grants typically range from $1,500 to $10,000, with a median size of $7,300.

Additional 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.

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

Pre-Application Information:

The next application deadline is 4:00 PM on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Awards Process:
- Applications are accepted four times per year with deadlines in February, May, August, and November.
- Applications will be reviewed by the Wegman Fund Committee four times annually: March, June, September, and December.
- Committee members conduct site visits and review proposals with applicants.
- Committee typically reviews site visit reports and makes funding decisions in May, August, November, and February.
- Committee's funding recommendations are approved by the Community Foundation's board of directors.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application System:

For assistance accessing the application, please contact or call (585) 341-4348

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

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USA: New York: Monroe County

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