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Grant Application Guide


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Primary Funding Interests

The B. Thomas Golisano Foundation is interested in funding programs that will help individuals with developmental disabilities achieve their maximum potentials by integrating independence, self-determination, and productivity into all facets of their lives.

Other Funding Interests

With limited and targeted funds, the Golisano Foundation may consider grant proposals for disability programs other than those for the developmentally disabled. Applicants are welcomed to contact the Foundation office for further clarification.

Geographical Distribution of Grants: The Foundation’s primary focus for its grants is the Rochester/Monroe County area. Grants are considered for programs addressing the Foundation’s funding interest in the contiguous counties.

Eligibility/Limitations: The requesting organization must be a 501(c)(3) organization whose programs meet the Golisano Foundation’s philanthropic priorities. The Golisano Foundation does not contribute to endowments, fund raising events, individuals requesting grants, fellowships, medical research or municipal programs.

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Grant application deadlines for each quarter are as follows:

1st Quarter: December, 2016
2nd Quarter: March 21st, 2017
3rd Quarter: June 20th, 2017
4th Quarter: September 19th, 2017

Please call or e-mail Evalyn Gleason with any questions:

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Application Form (Download PDF)

Guide to Applying (Download PDF)

Budget Form (Download PDF)

The instructions below are intended to help the applicant address pertinent information for successful proposal submission and to frame the application in such a manner that it highlights areas of importance to the Golisano Foundation.

I. Cover Letter

In one page or less, the cover letter should address the following as appropriate:

II. Proposal Narrative

 1 – Program/Project Summary

2 – Target Population

3 – Intended Outcomes

4 – Service Delivery Strategy

5 – Collaboration

 6 – Please indicate if/how the program/project will address the following:

7 – Use of Grant  

8 – Representative Success Story 

III. Theory of Change/ Program Logic Model

In this section, please create a theory of change model (logic model) of the submitted proposal using any format that best presents and portrays the following elements.  Note: each of the following elements MUST be provided; attach as separate chart or form.

IV. Program/Project Budget Form

Please fill out the separate Program / Project Budget Form. For multi-year requests, please customize form by adding columns for each program year.  For capital project requests, follow instructions under Section C of Budget Form. 

V. Other Required Materials to Complete Application Submission:

May 18, 2017