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Community Funding Requests

When thinking about this place we call home, we see a hopeful and optimistic community. And we’re honored to support it in ways that help it thrive.


From supporting a local Little League team or Chamber dinner, to sponsoring a community wide event like the ESL Jefferson Awards or, we’re here to help with financial support for your community minded organization.

If you would like to request support for an upcoming event or sponsorship, we’d love to hear from you. Please include the following information in your request and send to us by email at

  • Letter from your organization describing its mission and any relevant details about the event or sponsorship
  • Requested amount or sponsorship levels available and accompanying sponsorship benefits
  • Contact name, address, phone, and email address.

Grant Requests

ESL Community Impact supports not-for-profit organizations to help them be effective and deliver on best practice models of their work. This team focuses on these areas of impact:

1. Expanding Individual Opportunity – supporting programs and efforts to expand professional and educational opportunity for all residents of greater Rochester.

2. Building Strong Neighborhoods – investing neighborhoods across greater Rochester to ensure they are prosperous, well-connected, and inclusive.

3. Strengthening Organizations & Systems – Supporting existing organizations and initiatives by investing in the necessary yet less visible systems, capacities, and policies that ensure success.

ESL also funds programs and activities that keep our community strong, healthy, and vibrant—such as community crisis response, ensuring basic needs, and arts and culture. By doing so, we're making a difference in the lives of many people—and helping the Rochester community thrive and prosper.

Want to know more?

Learn more about ESL Community Impact—what we fund and how to submit your request. To apply for funding, please submit your application.