2011 Grant Recipient Luncheon

This year's luncheon took place on Tuesday, January 10th at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant. This year we were able to grant $171,000 to local charities in Western New York. Our grant recipients were presented with a check and were given the opportunity to speak about their program. Not only does this luncheon draw together the chance to learn about each other's charities; it also opens up the door for them to assist one another with their services.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Alleyway Theatre Inc.
  • Anthony Martino Memorial Fund at St. Joe's Collegiate
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boys & Girls Club, Inc. Depew-Lancaster
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Northtowns
  • Child & Adolescent Treatment Services
  • Cradle Beach
  • Danceability
  • FLARE (Filmore-Leroy Area Residents)
  • Gateway-Longview
  • Hasek's Hereos
  • Health Management Group (Horizon)
  • Hunter's Hope
  • Illio Dipaolo Scholarship
  • Joshua Revolution
  • Justice for Children GLOW Foundation, Inc.
  • Kids Escaping Drugs
  • Mary Cariola Children's Center
  • Peace of the City Ministries
  • Ride to Recovery
  • Rochester Rehabilitation
  • Summit Educational Resources
  • Suneel's Light Foundation
  • United Memorial Medical Center
  • University Districts C.D.A., Inc.
  • YMCA Buffalo Niagara – Northeast Family Branch

To view photos from this year's luncheon please visit our facebook page.
Thank you to Joe Cascio for these great photos!


Check back soon for the 2012 Application.

Community Grants

The Community Grants Committee will review proposals and will choose the 2011 recipients toward the end of the calendar year.

Community Grant Funding Guidelines

The Kelly for Kids Foundation Community Grants are awarded to charitable not-for-profit 501(C)(3) organizations whose primary mission is to assist children in need in the Western New York area. In particular it funds health and social service organizations that serve the disabled and/or economically disadvantaged youth.

Kelly for Kids Foundation's areas of focus:

  1. Innovative programs that directly assist Western New York children in need.
  2. Equipment and physical improvements for organizations dedicated to programs for disadvantaged children and teens.
  3. The Foundation gives priority to organizations that can demonstrate definitively how the funds will be used.

Funding Limitations

Kelly for Kids Foundation Community Grant does NOT:

  • Provide grants to individuals.
  • Purchase sponsorships (e.g., program advertising, corporate table, golf holes) at organization's special events.
  • Provide funding for public playgrounds.
  • Fund local chapters of national organizations that send a substantial portion of the grant to the national office.
  • Fund governmental programs or lobbying efforts.
  • Provide grants for overhead or general operating expenses.

Proposal Review and Evaluation

Foundation staff will conduct a screening of all proposals to determine eligibility. Organizations whose proposals do not meet initial criteria will be notified of that decision. The Foundation WILL NOT duplicate grant applications. Applications will not be considered if any of the criteria outlined is not included.

Eligible proposals will be evaluated more thoroughly by the Board of Directors. The committee may request additional information and a site visit or a meeting may be scheduled.