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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).

New Core Programs and Services Grant Cycles Announced!

Beginning in 2017, the Tower Foundation will offer three opportunities per year to apply for funding for its Core Programs and Services grants (in Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, and Substance Use Disorders) as well as for Technology and Small Grants. This change from an annual cycle includes a shorter process that will help to lessen the administrative burden on grantees. Learn more here.

Visit the Contact Us page or the Staff page to get in touch with the Foundation. Feel free to schedule a call with a Program Officer to discuss grant opportunities using the button at the bottom right of any grants-related page. Also, be sure to sign up for our mailing lists, which include updates on open grant cycles and other Foundation news.


2015 Annual Highlights Report

Click here for our 2015 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.


 2015 Annual Highlights


Grantee Perception Report

"Supportive" is the word most used by our grantees to describe the Tower Foundation.  While we love the compliment, we are most interested in understanding how we can better serve our grantees, which is why we engage the Center for Effective Philanthropy to administer the Grantee Perception Report to gain critical feedback and benchmark with our peers. Click below to learn mor

2015 Grantee Perception Report