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Arts & Culture

Arts and culture enable our community to understand its past and envision an inspiring, shared future.


The arts and culture of a community help both artist and art lover to feel, process, and understand the complexities of the human experience. We support institutions whose primary objective is to advance arts and culture by empowering creative expression that contributes to the health and vibrancy of our community.


Recognizing our Creative Community

Arts and culture play integral roles in the life of any healthy community. Those who make art, and those who curate our culture, add immeasurably to the depth and discernment with which we experience the world. These artistic and cultural contributions enhance the lives of individuals of every age, at every socioeconomic level, and across a broad variety of specific interests.

In 2015, the Foundation launched Recognizing Our Creative Community. The focus has been on institutions whose primary objective is the promotion of the arts and/or culture through the expression, teaching, or application of human creative skills and imagination, typically in audio, visual, or performance medium. Grants are proportioned to the size of the organization and are unrestricted.


Grantseekers must be based in Monroe or Ontario Counties and be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986. They cannot be classified as private foundations or Type III supporting organizations under Section 509 of the Code.

The Foundation will verify, at its discretion, that the primary purpose of organizations seeking a gift through this program is the promotion or teaching of the arts and/or culture.


In addition, grants cannot be used for research, grants or scholarships for individuals, or lobbying or attempts to influence legislation. Please note that incomplete proposals will not be considered.


Currently closed.


To learn more about our grantmaking process, please visit our Grantmaking Resources page.


If your organization and proposal meets the criteria above, please contact Pam Schlierf by calling (585) 479-4464 or sending an email

Pamela Schlierf, Grants Administrator

Pamela Schlierf

Grants Management Administrator

(585) 479-4464