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.



The WNY Women’s Foundation has offered funding to 13 programs for the 2019-20 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.

ACCESS of WNY‘s (Arab-American Community Center for Economic and Social ServicesGLOW (Girls Leading Our World) program will be entering its third year collaborating with Global Concepts Charter High School to offer leadership and confidence-building workshops to 40 girls aged 14-18. Activities and facilitated discussion topics will address key needs to build confident female leaders including: building confidence and developing a positive self-concept, forming healthy relationships, and empowering young women to be leaders in a safe, inclusive environment.

BCATs (Buffalo Center for Arts and TechnologyYoung Women’s Empowerment Group will create a designated space for 13 girls, aged 13-18, to discuss wellness, health, and resiliency, catering to the unique experiences that they face as young women. BCAT will be bringing in a diverse group of female role models, mentors, and leaders, and exposing students to diverse opportunities around the city.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo’s Positive Action for Girls program will help empower 250 girls aged 5-18 across 12 locations. This evidence-based curriculum will focus on identifying ways to produce positive actions and avoiding problem behaviors. This program promotes positive self-concept and continual self-improvement and acceptance.

Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center’s Tech Art for Girls will allow 144 girls aged 10-16 the opportunity to gain an affordable, hands-on education in computers, technology, and media literacy. This program integrates mentorship and Girls Who Code, a national program new to Western New York, to encourage more girls into the STEM fields.

Community Missions of Niagara Frontier’s Girls Circle will be operating in Niagara Falls City Schools, working with 75 girls ages 10-14. Girls Circle is an evidence-based program that targets the strengths, risks, and needs of the girls, and topics will include self-esteem, developing healthy relationships, and navigating conflict.

Native American Community Services GIRL BOSS: Girls Inspiring Radical Life-goals through Business Opportunities for Self Success will help to build STEAM experience, encourage self-esteem, and navigating healthy decision-making for 15 girls aged 14-18. This program will help to promote healthy lifetimes and development through empowerment and resources.

NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo St. Monica Campus Empowering Girls to Succeed in Science through Hands-On Learning Opportunities will create an in-classroom Hands-On Science Center that will expose girls to STEM fields and allow them to explore different sciences, and give them the skills to be successful in future classes. The program will benefit up to 35 girls ages 10-14 and aims to expose girls at risk of academic failure to experiences that are not available to them outside of school.

Peace Of The City Ministries Workforce Continuum: Zieani Jewelry & Sanctuary Fragrances program, which will serve 15 girls aged 13-18 in learning soft skills, financial literacy, and business principles. This program permits young women to learn how to run a small business, and sell their own product, overall building self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-empowerment.

St. Bonaventure’s PyGirls for Good will allow 15 girls aged 11-14 to learn how to assemble a Raspberry Pi, a type of computer, and how to program in Python, a coding language. This program will expose girls who are interested in computers to customize their own hardware and develop their skills and interests.

Valley Community Association‘s Building Up The Future program will serve 40 girls aged 10-14, addressing self-esteem issues and identifying positive role models. They will be partnering with CEPA Gallery, Soul Candy Project, and Dog Ears Bookstore to provide the girls with unique activities and learning opportunities using photography, yoga, and self-defense to promote confidence and team-building.

WEDI’s (Westminster Economic Development Initiative) Girls Club will serve 60 girls aged 12-15 focused in ensuring high school success, literacy and financial readiness, and developing a safe community. This program will collaborate with the West Side Bazaar, Rust Belt Books, Lafayette International Community School, and West Buffalo Charter School to provide mentorship opportunities, field trips, and safe spaces.

West Side Community Services’ Just4Grlz program will serve 25 girls aged 10-14 to promote leadership and self-esteem, providing a safe space to learn skills, share ideas, and build confidence. This program provides diverse activities to participate in, including exposure to the arts and promoting critical thinking and development.

YWCA of Jamestown’s Teenage Education and Motherhood program will empower and promote self-esteem development to 20 girls aged 13-17. Utilizing Girls Circle, an evidence-based program, this program will work on skill building, developing heathy relationships and making healthy choices, and goal setting for the future.


BCAT – The Young Women’s Group; EPICJust For Teens; Mission: IGNITEGirls STEAM It Up: Runway Robots; Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club #GIRLPOWER; Niagara Falls Memorial Medical CenterEmpowering Niagara’s Women of the FuturePeace of the City MinistriesWorkforce Continuum: Zieani Jewelry & Sanctuary Fragrances; True Community Development CorporationChat and Chew Enrichment Program; Valley Community AssociationBuilding Up The Future; West Side Community ServicesJust4Grlz; & Westminster Economic Development InitiativeGirls Club.


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