Give For Greatness Grants

The Give for Greatness Grant supports non-profit cultural organizations in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Allegany counties by providing general operating funds. It is administered by Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, Inc. (ASI) and funded by money we raise throughout the year.

2019 Give for Greatness supporters include:
Fund for the Arts
Lawyers for the Arts
Lawyers for the Arts: Classical Edition
The Rupp Family Foundation.

Since 2014, Give for Greatness has raised and distributed over $100,000 for over 100 local arts and cultural organizations in WNY!


The Give for Greatness grants provide general operating support in the amount of $1,000. Twenty – thirty $1,000 grants are given out each year, depending on the amount of money raised each year.

To be eligible, an organization must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Have 501c3 or NYS CHAR 500 status (current or pending) or
  • Be fiscally sponsored by another organization -please contact us directly if you plan on being fiscally sponsored for this grant by emailing
    and that meets this criteria;
  • Have cultural activity or programming as its primary purpose or mission;
  • Be located in Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus, or Chautauqua Counties;
  • Have a current operating budget of under $300,000;
  • Receive less than $15,000 in county funding (or no county funding) for programs or operations for the current fiscal year;
  • Be willing to recognize Give for Greatness and Arts Services Initiative of WNY as a funder if funds are received.


The 2019 application will be available on October 7, 2019.

All applications are to be completed through our online system. 

The button below allows you to preview the application. This button also allows you to register in the grants portal and complete the application when it is available on October 7.

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Submission Deadlines

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Application Open October 7, 2019
Deadline for Applications November 7, 2019
Funding Announcements Early December 2019
Check Presentation Event December 2019 (Date TBA)


Twenty-five grants providing general operating support in the amount of $1,000 each were distributed thanks to several fundraising initiatives throughout the year.

Out of 61 applicants, the following 25 organizations were chosen by a panel of local cultural leaders:

  • Art for Rural America
  • Brazen-Faced Varlets
  • Buffalo Choral Arts Society
  • Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Buffalo GirlChoir
  • Buffalo International Film Festival Inc.
  • Buffalo Institute for Contemporary Art
  • Buffalo Jazz Collective
  • Buffalo Opera Unlimited
  • Buffalo String Works
  • Buffalo Sugar City Inc.
  • Carnegie Art Center
  • Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet
  • ComedySportz Buffalo, Inc.
  • Danceability
  • El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera
  • The Fountain Arts Center
  • Harmonia Chamber Singers
  • Holland Community Choir
  • Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes
  • Second Generation Theatre
  • Southern Tier Symphony, Inc.
  • Tri-County Arts Council
  • Unique Theatre Company
  • WNY Book Arts Collaboration