The Foundation partners with service organizations on innovative programming to impact the lives of adolescent girls in WNY.


The primary goals of the Impact Grant Partnerships are to create strong and determined leaders of the future by increasing confidence and self-esteem, offering opportunities to explore new academic pathways in a safe environment, exposing girls to practical experiences that prepare them for future careers, and linking them to successful role models and mentors.

All Impact Grant Partner Programs must address one of the following priority areas:

  •      EXPOSURE TO STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math

Partnerships include a grant investment of up to $5,000.00 in new or existing programs designed to empower adolescent girls. Partners also benefit from “value-added” experiences and connections offered by the Foundation that enhance participation and programmatic capacity. The Impact Grant Partnership’s open application process typically runs from April – May.



This will be our 6th cycle of Impact Grant Partnerships for programs that support the unique needs and foster the growth of adolescent girls in Western New York.

The WNYWF Impact Grant RFP for 2019-2020 is now closed. We will be contacting all applicants in the coming months.


The WNY Women’s Foundation has offered funding to 10 programs for the 2018-19 school year. Each program varies by geographic location, program offerings, and experiences designed to result in positive academic and social changes. These programs offer opportunities for participants to build their self-esteem, develop new skills and enhance interpersonal relationships.

BCAT – The Young Women’s Group is a 20-week, student-centered learning & discussion group focused on fostering a safe space for dialogue, creating a strong pipeline to mentorship from female community leaders, & providing targeted educational experiences exposing girls to different perspectives & opportunities.

EPICJust For Teens works with the pregnant and parenting teen mothers that attend Math Science Technology Preparatory School – PS 197 MST Prep. The program provides support, guidance and resources to help the young moms become confident and successful parents, students and women.

Mission: IGNITEGirls STEAM It Up: Runway Robots brings together Global Concepts Charter School and The Foundry, a multi-purpose artisan’s business incubator, to offer three 8-week sessions to 30 middle school girls. The program provides the opportunity to explore Robotics training and the creative arts in fashion design.

Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club #GIRLPOWER brings teen girls together to focus on self-respect, confidence, self-love and independence especially in the areas of work and managing financials through focusing on career exploration, real world practice and fiscal responsibility.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical CenterEmpowering Niagara’s Women of the Future will create a life changing experience for adolescent girls residing within the under-served Niagara community by helping them build self-esteem and develop confidence, strength and life skills needed to stay in school, fulfill their potential and become empowered.

Peace of the City MinistriesWorkforce Continuum: Zieani Jewelry & Sanctuary Fragrances teaches soft skills, financial literacy, and business principles by allowing young women to run a small business and sell their own product, ultimately building self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-empowerment.

True Community Development CorporationChat and Chew Enrichment Program provides girls age 10-18 with guided activities and conversations over dinner to influence positive decision-making skills. The program assigns individual mentors to provide ongoing guidance and support to increase self-awareness, leadership development, and skills for business.

Valley Community AssociationBuilding Up The Future will address the issues of self-esteem, positive role models, and confidence through a variety of programs aimed at girls in grades 4-8.

West Side Community ServicesJust4Grlz is an after-school initiative engaging young women in extracurricular activities of their design, implemented using the trauma-informed principles of choice and empowerment.

Westminster Economic Development InitiativeGirls Club will expand to include freshman students with a two-part focus—high school success and financial readiness. The program will partner female students with successful women in fields of work or study that interest them for shadowing, mentoring, and internship opportunities.


Access of WNY – GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) Computers for Children – Girls STEAM It Up! Mount Mercy Academy -Building STEAM NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo St. Monica Campus – Firsthand After School Program True Community Development Corporation – Chat and Chew Enrichment Program Willie Hutch Jones Sports Clinic (WHJSC) – Power for Girls Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County – Girls to Women



Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology – Beautiful Minds Computers for Children – Girls STEAM It Up! Peace of the City Ministries – Zieani Jewelry and Sanctuary Soaps and Fragrances Valley Community Association – Building Up the Future Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara – Girl Talk



NativityMiguel Middle School – Out-of-School-Time Program Valley Community Association – Building Up the Future Peace of the City Ministries – Zieani Jewelry and Sanctuary Soaps and Fragrances Cradle Beach and Computers for Children – Girls STEAM It Up!


YWCA of the Niagara Frontier – Techbridge® program NativityMiguel Middle School – Girls on the Run Buffalo Prep – Girls Mentoring program