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Additional Funding Opportunities

Types of Additional Funding Opportunities

Through support from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation grantmaking, the following opportunities are available.

Special Initiatives

As the Foundation conducts field scans and studies within its focus areas, special initiatives may arise where organizations are invited to apply for a grant within a specific time frame and with noted objectives. Special Initiatives will be posted below and shared in our e-newsletter. Please note, in some cases, the applications might require submission through a separate community partner instead of directly through the Foundation.

Requests for Proposal

The Foundation may issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for specific programs when needed. RFP opportunities will be posted below and shared in our e-newsletter. Applications may be submitted through the community partners involved or directly through the Foundation, as indicated within the individual RFP.

Legacy Funds

The Foundation established permanent, annual, endowed Legacy Funds in the areas of Caregiving, Youth Sports, Community Assets and Design & Access at regional community foundations. Opportunities are posted below. Applications are submitted through the individual community foundations.

Current Funding Opportunities

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Below are the current funding opportunities for Special Initiatives, Requests for Proposal (RFP) and Legacy Funds within the Foundation’s areas of focus. Please be sure to review the eligible regions, associated deadlines, a description of opportunity and who the funder is that you will be applying through.

Opportunity Funder Region Open Period
  • Legacy Fund for Caregivers: Support for projects within Southeast Michigan that assist caregivers of persons who are unable to fully care for themselves and are part of an underserved community.
  • Legacy Fund for Design & Access: Support for projects in Southeast Michigan that serve to increase the walkability and bikeability of local communities and/or increasing outdoor recreational activities within the region.
  • Legacy Fund for Youth Sports: Support for projects in Southeast Michigan that bring high-quality sports programs to youth.
  • Legacy Fund for Grosse Pointe Community Assets: Support for projects of anchor nonprofit organizations that provide services and experiences to residents of the five Grosse Pointe communities, home to Mr. Wilson during his lifetime.

Apply Through: Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

  • Legacy Fund for Caregivers: Improve support for caregivers – whether paid or voluntary – through efforts that provide needed skills, resources, education and respite. Caregivers are those who look after dependent individuals such as children with special needs, disabled adults and even older adults. Projects supported through this fund should have a direct impact on caregivers.
  • Legacy Fund for Design & Access: Increase the health and quality of life of WNY residents of all ages by enhancing outdoor activities within the region.
  • Legacy Fund for Youth Sports: Provide opportunities for all children to be active through sport.
  • Legacy Fund for Community Assets: Support significant cultural and historic assets and/or increase access to long-term arts instruction for youth.

Apply Through: Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Support youth sports and recreation activities and related, small-scale capital needs such as equipment or field and stadium needs within the designated counties.

Apply Through: Rochester Area Community Foundation

Supports community groups and municipal entities seeking to create free, public skateparks that serve low-income communities. Letters of inquiry are accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply Through: The Skatepark Project

Maintenance grants between $50,000 and $400,000 are awarded to help ensure that developed trails and greenways provide the service that connects people and communities throughout the region.

Apply Through: Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Interested in Applying for a Foundation Grant Instead?

We offer grants that can be applied for directly through the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation as well. Learn how to apply.

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