COVID-19 Response Grants

April 24, 2020

Based on input received from many of our current grant recipients, we’re aware of the implications this crisis is having on your organization, services and staff - both short and long-term. The Golisano Foundation is committed to assisting during this difficult time and will try to be as flexible as possible as we navigate this uncharted territory together.  We appreciate and admire your commitment, dedication and creativity as you continue to help those in need.

With this situation in mind, our regular grant cycles for April and July, 2020 are being postponed. That means we are not taking applications for typical grant requests for the next two quarterly application cycles. Grant funds that would normally be awarded and sent out during this period of time (approx. $2M) will be redirected to urgent organizational needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please note, as of this writing, we’re in a wait and see mode for the final grant application cycle, normally scheduled for October, 2020, until we see the course of the COVID-19 virus in our region.


A Special Message from Ann Costello, Director of the Golisano Foundation on the Coronavirus Situation

Dear Friends:

First, let me say thank you for all that you are doing to support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities during this unprecedented time.

I am so impressed with the creativity that agencies are using to keep as many services going as possible, maintain safety and quality of services, stay in touch with people and put programs online and in homes.

I understand the pressures that you are feeling now, supporting our most vulnerable population who have pre-existing conditions and are feeling a sense of isolation. On top of that you are managing direct care workers who need to be in close contact with people.  

We are aware of the implications this crisis has on your organization and staff -  both short-term and longer term.  Please know that we will be as flexible as possible as we navigate this uncharted territory together, with our grant objectives, progress reports, deadlines, and terms so that you can focus on your emergent needs.

How we as a foundation use our resources will likely evolve considering the evolving needs of the organizations we support. So as your services and systems change, we are open to exploring alternatives and options with you.  

We are committed to working with you and to exploring how to develop supportive measures so would love to know your ideas.

Like you, we are working from home following health official’s recommendations do our part and help prevent the spread of this virus. But we are checking our emails so please email us with any questions on grants or processes and we will respond to you in a timely manner.

On behalf of all of us at the Golisano Foundation, our staff and trustees, thank you for your tireless work around the clock, and commitment to those with IDD.  

We are with you.

Thank you.
Ann Costello
Executive Director

How to Apply



  • Please check our eligibility guidelines here. Please note: Applications outside of our geographic target region or focus area of intellectual and developmental disabilities will not be considered.
  • The Golisano Foundation accepts requests for program support as well as capital projects. (Please call the Foundation for clarification)
  • The Golisano Foundation accepts applications for single year funding and in certain circumstances will entertain multiyear funding requests as well.
  • For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding our funding eligibility, please click here.


  • Applications are considered on a quarterly basis at the January, April, July and October Board meetings. Submission deadlines for the upcoming meetings are as follows:
    • December 15, 2020 – To be considered at the January 2021 Board Meeting
    • March 15, 2021 – To be considered at the April 2021 Board Meeting
    • June 15, 2021 – To be considered at the July 2021 Board Meeting
    • September 15, 2021 – To be considered at the October 2021 Board Meeting


  • Letter of Intent – LOI submission is required in the online grant portal to start the application process. LOI’s can be submitted at any time for review. Upon receipt, the LOI will be reviewed and you will be contacted by staff at the foundation within a few weeks with feedback.  If completing a full application is suggested, at that time you will be given access in the online portal to the full application. Quarterly deadlines will be assigned depending on request volume and submission timing.  
  • Upon receipt of application, representatives from the Foundation will contact applicants with additional questions, if necessary. Site visits or meetings may be scheduled to discuss the application as part of the review process.
  • Applicant will receive notice of funding decision within two weeks after quarterly board meeting.
  • Please note that an invitation to submit an LOI or Proposal does not assure funding.


  • If approved for a grant, applicants will receive award letter by mail.
  • Recipients will be required to sign a grant agreement contract.
  • Each grant recipient will be required to submit an annual progress report due one year after receiving funding.

How to apply:

  • Click the “apply online” button below to create an account and begin your LOI / application.
  • For new applicants, click the button below and follow the instructions for “create an account”.
  • If you are a returning applicant, simply log in with your account information.
  • Before applying, please see our Grant Application Guide
  • Please note: The Golisano Foundation’s application process is entirely online. However, upon completion and submission of the online application applicants are required to send a hard copy of financial statements to the Foundation offices. This is also outlined at the end of the online application process.
    • Golisano Foundation
      1 Fishers Rd.
      Pittsford, NY 14534

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Contact Erica Dayton, Grants Manager at the Foundation at 585-419-9979 with any questions or concerns.