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


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.

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 RFP has closed for this grant cycle.  Check back this summer for award announcements.

Through our Impact Partnerships, the WNY Women’s Foundation supports programs and initiatives that have measurable impact and address needs of adolescent girls (ages 10-17) in Erie and Niagara Counties. Our Impact Partnerships encourage and support initiatives that frame solutions through a gender equality lens and focus on issues and solutions affecting young women.

The WNY Women’s Foundation strives to positively influence the lives of adolescent girls in the WNY community by partnering with service organizations. Partnerships include a grant investment of up to $5,000.00 in innovative programs designed to empower middle and high school age girls.

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

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


After receiving 68% more applications than in 2016, the WNY Women’s Foundation has offered funding to seven programs for the 2017-18 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.

The total monetary investment from the WNY Women’s Foundation is $30,891.49.

Access of WNY‘s (Arab-American Community Center for Economic and Social Services) GLOW (Girls Leading Our World) program will partner with Global Concepts Charter High School to offer group and individual workshops to 20 girls ages 14-18. Activities and facilitated discussion topics will address key needs to build confident female leaders including: body confidence, gender equality, women in politics, the power of positive thinking, health awareness, and community involvement.

Computers for Children bring their Girls STEAM It Up! program to Tapestry Charter School. The program will serve 45 girls in grades 6-9 to experience an introduction to STEAM concepts including computer software applications, robotics concepts, and program coding through a curriculum designed to engage female students in a fun, creative way. This is the third year Computers for Children has received grant funding from the Foundation.

Mount Mercy Academy’s Building STEAM program will purchase 12 Finch robots and establish a STEAM after-school club for girls ages 12-17. The program will develop interactive lessons based on International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards in hopes to leverage the robots throughout classrooms and extracurricular programming. Generating this student interest in STEAM subjects has the potential to impact up to 150 girls.

NativityMiguel Middle School of Buffalo St. Monica Campus‘ Firsthand After School Program will enhance their after-school STEM program by offering transportation and admission to field trips to overcome participation barriers. The program will benefit up to 45 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. This is the third year NativityMiguel’s St. Monica Campus has received grant funding from the Foundation.

True Community Development Corporation’s Chat and Chew Enrichment Program provides guided activities and conversations over dinner to influence positive decision-making skills. The program will serve 25 girls ages 10-18 and will assign individual mentors to provide ongoing guidance and support to increase self-awareness, leadership development, and skills for business.

Willie Hutch Jones Sports Clinic (WHJSC)’s  Power for Girls program will create a girls-only after-school group at Enterprise Charter School to expose young girls to STEAM. Building on what WHJSC has learned from existing programs, they will offer a safe and dynamic environment tied to school-day learning to expose girls to new technologies and bonding experiences within a small group. This program will serve 10 girls ages 10-14.

Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County’s Girls to Women program will develop and implement Social and Emotional curriculum with enhancements and adaptations based on lessons learned during their pilot program. The program will serve 15 girls ages 7-13 at Lockport Library and enhance a curriculum that will benefit up to 120 youth at other sites. This is the second year Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County has received grant funding from the Foundation.



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