Grants 2017-10-17T13:08:38+00:00

Give For Greatness Grants

Give for Greatness, a program of ASI, has raised and distributed over $100,000 for local arts and cultural groups since 2014!  With the communities’ support Give for Greatness has been able to fund over 100 arts and cultural organizations in WNY.  Because of you we’re making Western New York a community where the arts don’t just survive but thrive!

What is unique about the Give for Greatness program is through community support, we raise funds to give out to the five counties of WNY annually.  In 2015 thirty and in 2016 thirty-five arts and cultural nonprofits in Erie, Niagara, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, and Allegany counties received $1,000 general operating support grants through this program.

2017 Applications are Now Available!


The 2017 application is NOW OPEN!

Arts Services Initiative of WNY is issuing a call for applications for 2017 Give for Greatness general operating grants.  Grants providing general operating support in the amount of $1,000 will be distributed thanks to several fundraising initiatives throughout the 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 that meets this criteria;
  • Have cultural activity or programming as its primary purpose;
  • 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.


Applicants are required to submit one copy of the application through the below online grants system by 11:59PM EST on Thursday November 9, 2017.

Proposals received electronically after 11:59PM EST on Thursday November 9, 2017 will be automatically rejected without exception and without review.

All applications are to be completed through our NEW online system.

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  • October 6, 2017 – Materials Released

  • November 9, 2017 (11:59PM) – Final Application Submitted

  • December 1, 2017 – Announcements of final Recipients

  • December 15, 2017 – Press Event / Check Disbursement Ceremony at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Materials Released

October 6

Applications Due

November 9

Press Event

December 15


Thirty-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 78 applicants, the following 35 organizations were chosen by a panel of local cultural leaders:

  • African American Center for Cultural Development
  • Amor & Heritage
  • Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center
  • Blues Society of Western New York
  • Brazen-Faced Varlets
  • Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Buffalo Infringement Festival
  • Buffalo Jazz Collective
  • Buffalo Music Hall of Fame
  • Buffalo Religious Arts Center
  • Buffalo Silver Band
  • Buffalo String Works
  • Carnegie Art Center
  • Cattaraugus County Arts Council
  • Cuba Circulating Library
  • Dance Days of Buffalo
  • El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera
  • Fountain Arts Center
  • Friends of Vienna
  • German American Musicians Association
  • Hispanic Heritage Council of Western New York
  • Lock City Glee Club
  • Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe
  • Niagara Falls Little Theatre / The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild
  • Nickel City Opera
  • North Shore Arts Alliance
  • Olean Theatre Workshop
  • Orchard Park Chorale
  • PDdance (National Parkinson Foundation WNY)
  • Polish Arts Club of Buffalo
  • Red Blazer Men’s Chorus
  • Southern Tier Symphony, Inc.
  • Subversive Theatre Collective
  • Sugar City
  • Western Door Playhouse




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