Grantmaking

Our Mission

Our mission is to support organizations that provide access, opportunity, and education to under-represented, minority, and low-income populations. We provide funding for organizations that offer programs in education, arts, or health for youth and under-represented populations. Our primary focus is local to western New York, with secondary consideration given to Vermont.

Eligibility

The Marks Family Foundation grantmaking policies reflect the legal requirements governing private philanthropy. To be considered for funding:

  • Applicant must have non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
  • Applicant must be a group or organization(s) that has come together for a specific project and is submitting an application through a fiscal sponsor that is a tax-exempt organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3) and agrees to accept funds on the group’s behalf.
  • Grant requests must satisfy the objectives of the Marks Family Foundation mission.

Application Procedure

Our mission is to support organizations that provide access, opportunity, and education to under-represented, minority, and low-income populations. We provide funding for organizations that offer programs in education, arts, or health for youth and under-represented populations. Our primary focus is local to western New York, with secondary consideration given to Vermont.

Step 1 – Grant Application

Step 2 – Application Review

For consideration, applications must be postmarked by April 1. Review criteria are included in the Grant Application Guidelines.

Funding announcements are made in June. If a grant is awarded, a Grant Award Letter and a Terms of Award document will be sent to your organization. If a grant is not awarded, a letter declining your request will be sent to your organization.

Step 3 – End of Grant Report

If your organization is awarded a grant, you must submit a Grant Final Report within sixty (60) days of project completion. If you are awarded a multi-year grant, you must submit an annual Grant Progress Report.

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