Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Garman Family Foundation Grant Opportunity

The Garman Family Foundation is currently being administered by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. The Garman Family Foundation will hold two cycles per year for organizations addressing the psychological, emotional and social well-being and/or health of individuals, with a preference for women, children and education.


  • Applicants must be located in or serving one of the eight counties of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.
  • Grants are awarded only to organizations that have a current Section 501(c)(3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Eligible organizations can expect to receive only one Garman Family Foundation grant per year. On a very limited basis, the Garman Family Foundation will offer the opportunity for two-year support with second year support contingent upon outcomes from year one.

Click here for general information and guidelines.

Click here to submit application


Fall Cycle

  • Process opens August 15, 2018
  • Application due September 12, 2018 at 4 p.m.
    • NOTE: Applications in draft form on the website after the deadline will be considered abandoned and will not be eligible to be considered.
  • Decision notification: Late November 2018

Additional Information:

The maximum amount of funding that can be requested is $25,000. An average grant is in the range of $10,000. Should an organization request more than $25,000, they must contact Jean McKeown in advance to discuss the request.

The Garman Family Foundation will not consider funding for:

  • Religious purposes
  • Projects outside Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties)
  • Schools not registered with the New York State Education Department
  • Attendance at or sponsorship of fundraising events for organizations
  • Annual events or festivals
  • Any partisan political activity - funds from the Garman Family Foundation cannot be used to support or oppose a candidate for political office
  • Projects and activities that have occurred - the Garman Family Foundation will not, except in extraordinary cases, provide payment or reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the funding

The Garman Family Foundation:

  • Will consider allowing up to 10% of the grant amount for indirect costs
  • Reserves the right to pay grants in a single installment or in "draws" at its sole discretion
  • Requires that all successful applicants obtain three bids for any equipment purchase
  • Requires that all grants be closed out within one year of the receipt of funds, with the exception of very limited two-year awards
  • Reserves the rights to conduct an independent evaluation of grant expenditures for up to four years
    • The grantee agrees to provide the information necessary to complete such an evaluation. Failure to submit requested information in a timely fashion may obligate the grantee to refund the grant.

At any given time, organizations can only have one open grant with the Garman Family Foundation.

The use of grant funds for purposes not pre-approved by the Garman Family Foundation or not supported through required documentation will result in a request that those grant funds be returned to the Garman Family Foundation.

The failure of an applicant to properly close out a grant in a timely manner will be a factor when considering new grants.


Questions may be directed to Jean McKeown at (716) 852-2857 ext. 204 or

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