NextGen requests proposals for its fourth round of Community Grants. These grants will assist organizations working to improve Greater Rochester.

NextGen Rochester was founded in 2009 and is a peer-led form of philanthropy. The members are an emerging generation of citizens who make “giving back” part of their lives through leadership, friendship, and philanthropy. NextGen members are typically ages 21-45 and comprise a cross-section of the community. Members find value in giving to local charitable causes and addressing community needs. It is the intention of NextGen Rochester not only to build assets, but also compassion, knowledge, and community engagement by giving a greater philanthropic voice to young professionals.

Each NextGen Rochester member contributes to a fund that makes grants to nonprofits selected by the members. By pooling their contributions together, emerging leaders are given a seat of influence in greater Rochester and are able to make a greater impact than they could make individually.

Community Grants Goal
To support organizations and activities that advance important work in the following issue areas:

  • Education (pre-school through high school)
  • Youth or Community Engagement
  • Addressing Poverty
  • Revitalization of the Greater Rochester community

Community Grant projects must also accomplish some, if not all, of the following:

  • Keep the grant money in the community and support the local economy
  • Involve a diverse group of participants including, but not limited to, people of different races, ages, geographical residences in the organization’s programs or projects
  • Encourage communication and cooperation among organizations, associations, agencies, and institutions in the community

Who’s eligible to apply for NextGen Community Grants?
Organizations classified by the Internal Revenue Service as 501(c) organizations or described in 170(c)(1) serving Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, Genesee, Livingston, Seneca, Yates and Orleans Counties. This can include service, charitable, faith-based, educational, and government organizations and institutions, as well as other 501(c)(3) organizations.

Grant awards and amounts will be determined by the members of NextGen. Typical grants range between $500-$2,500.

For more information, please carefully review the Request for Proposals and Pre-Application Form.

Pre-applications must be received electronically or in hard-copy by Friday, September 21, 2012.