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Community Mini-Grants 2020 Application

MPAC-WNY Community Mini-Grants

Community Mini-Grants 2020 Application

Supporting Community Organizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic


The Muslim Public Affairs Council-Western New York (MPAC-WNY) is aligned with MPAC’s national initiative to work for the civil rights of all Americans, to work with communities to improve the lives of our citizens and for a positive, constructive relationship between American Muslims and their representatives. MPAC-WNY has worked tirelessly to integrate Islam into American pluralism and develop young leaders with the purpose of enhancing the political and civic participation of American Muslims.


Based in Buffalo, New York, the organization is dedicated to support community-led projects related to the COVID-19 Pandemic initiated during the holy month of Ramadan. Because this is a global crisis, we understand, the needs and resources of each community can look very different. As such, the purpose of the MPAC-WNY Community Mini-Grants Program, is to provide resources and funding to community- based organizations, locally-owned businesses and faith-based organizations for the implementation of a community or volunteer-led projects that directly help to: (1) Combat or address the needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, (2) Offer relief and/or support services or (3) Provide programs and/or assistance for low-income communities that may be disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Candidates may request a minimum of $ 500.00 to a maximum of $ 2, 500.00



1.     Application Release Date:

May 4, 2020.

2.     Application Due Date:

May 15, 2020.

3.     Awards Announced:

May 20, 2020.

4.       Project Completion Deadline:

July 31, 2020.

1.     Award amount ranges from $500 (min) to $2, 500 (max)

2.     Grant funds may be used only for items included in the application.

3.      Projects must be completed by July 31, 2020; otherwise funding may be terminated.

4.      Review committee may request for additional information and/or proof of documentation if necessary.



Community-based organizations, small locally owned businesses and faith based organizations located and operational in Western New York region are eligible to apply. In order to qualify for the MPAC-WNY Community Mini-Grant, each applicant is required to:

  1. Describe their organization’s or business’s background, mission and
  2. Propose a service, program or project that helps to combat or address the needs arising from the COVID-19
  3. Recruit 3 or more committed volunteers or community members that will complete the
  4. Grant requests will range from $500 to $2,500.
  5. The funds allocated must be spent within Western New York region
  6. Applicant must address all the questions Incomplete application will not be acknowledged or considered for any funding request.
  7. If the applicant has tax-exempt status, appropriate documentation should be included with the


The MPAC-WNY Community Mini-Grant consists of a diverse and distinct group of committee members. All committee members are appointed by the MPAC board and will review each proposed project application and will notify approval or denial of the request to each applicant. The committee may reach out to the applicants if any additional information is needed or make project recommendations.


Completed applications should be sent to : wny@mpac.org

For any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at the same e-mail at your earliest convenience.

  1. Application must be received by the deadline of May 15,
  2. Incomplete applications or application received after the deadline will not be considered.
  3. Applications and documents submitted will become the property of MPAC-WNY, whether or not funding is provided.

4.Any  information  submitted  may  be  used  by  MPAC-WNY  for  informational  purposes  with  due recognition to the applicant.




Community Mini-Grants 2020 Application

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