Congratulations to our 2016 Grant Recipients!

Borinquen Dance Theater

Self Development & Dance Program — $2,000

Catholic Charities of Wayne County
College Bound — $8,000

Center for Youth Services, Inc.
Chrysalis House — $10,000

Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates, Inc.
Phelps Women Employment Ready (PWER) — $10,000

RESOLVE of Greater Rochester, Inc.
Survivor Transition: Empowering Women After Domestic Violence — $10,000

Sojourner House at Pathstone, Inc.
Henrietta Hammond Institute for Life Skills (HHILS) — $10,000

Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach

Jennifer House — $10,000

Urban League of Rochester, Inc.
The Minority and Women Business Development Entrepreneurial Assistance Program (EAP) Center — $10,000

Veterans Outreach Center
Employment and Training for Female Veterans — $10,000

Volunteers of America
Step by Step — $10,000

Girls’ Grant Making Committee 2016 Grant Recipients

Girl Scouts of Western New York, Inc.
Girl Scout After-School Financial Literacy Program — $3,000

Catholic Charities of Wayne County
College Bound — $7,000


Visit to learn more about our grant making.

 Thanks to the 50 members of this year’s Grant Making and Girls’

Grant Making Committees; your time and dedication is so appreciated.



Deadline for 2017 Grant Proposals is June 1, 2017. 

Email your grant proposal to
with the subject “Grant Proposal”

Since 1994 the Women’s Foundation has invested over $1M to community programs that give a hand up to women and their families who are struggling to survive. On behalf of the women and girls we serve, we sincerely thank our donors for providing the opportunity to make lasting social change in our community.

Grant FAQ

What does the WFGV do?

The Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley creates and manages a permanent endowment fund to perpetuate grant-making explicitly for women and girls; leads the way in funding and advocating for programs that support growth and economic self-sufficiency for women; and models equitable partnerships that encourage diversity and inclusivity.

Who is eligible for a WFGV grant?
Organizations eligible for a Women’s Foundation Grant must:
• Propose a project that fits within the mission and scope of our funding guidelines.
• Be located in Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Genesee, Orleans, Yates, and/or Livingston County, New York and serve women or girls within those counties.

Be a tax-exempt, not-for-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code, section 501(c)(3). However, your organization may use another tax-exempt, not-for-profit agency as your fiscal agent. In this case your organization must still meet the requirements necessary to apply for tax-exempt status.

Limited equipment expenses will be considered, but only if equipment expense is directly related to program provision, and not for administrative or organizational staff purposes.

NOTE: The Women’s Foundation does not make grants to individuals or endowments or for religious or political purposes, nor does it fund any capital expenses. The Women’s Foundation does not award scholarships to individuals or groups.

What is the timeline for 2017 grants?
The Women’s Foundation of Genesee Valley (WFGV) is pleased to announce that we will be accepting proposals for our Annual Grant-making Program from not-for-profit organizations in Genesee, Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Yates, and Wayne Counties due on June 1, 2017. The Foundation will notify all applicants of the outcome of our review process in mid-October 2017.

What are the funding priorities for 2017?
Based on the results of our research report, Improving Economic Self-Sufficiency, we are specifically interested in funding programs that help support women’s progress towards economic self-sufficiency. Our goal is to fund programs assessed to have the highest likelihood of having a direct positive impact on the economic status of women. Economic self-sufficiency is defined in terms of income adequacy; that is, the level of income necessary to meet basic needs. Our 2017 funding priorities are: to promote sustained economic self-sufficiency of women and to assist women and girls in moving toward achieving economic self-sufficiency.
You may a download a copy of the report here.

How do I apply for a grant?
The Foundation requires submission of an amended (shorter) form of the Rochester Area Common Application. Applications should be submitted without Section 3 (Logic Model), and with Section 4 (Rationale) limited to 4 pages. All other components of the Common Application are required.

The Rochester Area common application form can be downloaded here:  Common Application Form . One electronic copy of the completed application (omitting Section 3 and limiting Section 4 to 4 pages) is to be emailed to the office of the Women’s Foundation ( with the subject “Grant Proposal”) by June 1, 2017. In addition, one (1) complete paper copy of the proposal, including all the items outlined in the Grant Proposal Check List below, must be sent to the Women’s Foundation offices at 277 Alexander St. Suite 305, Rochester, New York 14607, postmarked no later than Wednesday, June 1, 2017. The Grant-making Committee prepares a funding recommendation that is reviewed and approved by the Foundation Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of our review process in mid October.

What follow-up is required after a grant has been awarded?
The Women’s Foundation may request a site visit and/or additional information at any time after the grant has been awarded. All grantees are expected to monitor their projects closely. At the end of your project, we require that a written report be submitted within 60 days. This report should assess outcomes vs. objectives and how outcomes link to economic self-sufficiency.

Grant Proposal Checklist

Before you send us your application, check it to see that it includes these elements

  • Executive Summary
  • Information Sheet
  • Rationale (limited to 4 pages)
  • Budget Sheet
  • Financial Summary of Most Recent Fiscal Year
  • IRS Determination Letter
  • Board of Directors List
  • Audited Financial Statements (if applicable)
  • 990 Tax Filing
  • Annual Report
  • For  2014  grant holders – a copy of the 2014 final evaluation

Grant-making Assistance

Please review our Improving Economic Self-Sufficiency for Women and Girls: 2014 Update for more information on the Women’s Foundation’s funding priorities. You may a download a copy of the report here.