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A Family Foundation Working for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults

The generous legacy of Peter and Elizabeth Tower sustains the work of the foundation they created in 1990. Today, the Tower Foundation remains focused on improving the lives of young people in the communities where Tower family members have lived, worked, and raised their children. Most grants support organizations or community-based collaboration in Western New York (Erie and Niagara Counties) and Eastern Massachusetts (Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, and Nantucket Counties).

Please explore our website and learn about our key funding areas: Mental Health, Substance Use Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities. While we award grants in each of these categories, other initiatives support capacity building more broadly (see Strengthening Partners) and collaborative work across our areas of interest (see Healthy Communities).

2018 Grant Guidelines Released

The Tower Foundation is pleased to announce the release of its 2018 Core Programs & Services, Strengthening Partners, and Healthy Communities grant guidelines. The 2018 deadlines for preliminary grant submissions are:

  • January 17 (new applicants should create a grants portal account by January 10),
  • May 9 (new applicants should create a grants portal account by May 2), and
  • August 22 (new applicants should create a grants portal account by August 15)

Should you wish to apply for a grant, the first step is to review the appropriate grant guidelines, which outline the Foundation's grantmaking objectives, applicant eligibility requirements, instructions for submitting an application through its online grants portal, and other useful information.

Prospective applicants should bear in mind that the Foundation will only consider grant requests from organizations serving children, adolescents, and young adults affected by intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, mental illness, and/or substance use disorders. Please review the grant guidelines for more detailed eligibility information. If you are not sure whether your organization is eligible to apply, please drop us an email at [email protected] or schedule a phone call with a Program Officer here.

NOTE:  2018 Will Be the Last Year for the Tower Foundation's Technology Initiative

Although the Foundation is ending its Technology Initiative after 2018, it will still consider technology planning and implementation grant requests in the future as part of a more comprehensive range of capacity building opportunities. This approach will allow us to be more flexible and responsive to community needs, and will help us place technology in a broader organizational context. We will release updated Strengthening Partners guidelines towards the end of 2018.


2016 Annual Highlights Report

Click here for our 2016 Annual Highlights to learn more about the Foundation, our grantmaking, and some of the new and different approaches we took last year to make an impact on the organizations we support.


   2016 Annual Highlights