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21st Century Fund Grant

Grant to a Western New York Nonprofit for a
Significant Project to Benefit Local Residents

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Foundation / Corporation

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

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Deadline Date:

12/06/19 4:00 PM


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Grant to a Western New York nonprofit organization for a significant project to benefit residents of Wyoming, Orleans, Niagara, Genesee, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties. Priority will be given to sustainable requests that require minimal future grant support of any type, and result in long-term significant impact on the region.

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GrantWatch ID#: 148798

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Term of Contract:

The 21st Century Fund grant should be utilized within one year from the final vote event.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Grants are awarded only to organizations that have current Section 501(c)(3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service
- Applicants must be located or delivering services in at least one of the eight counties of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming.
- Successful 21st Century Fund awardees are not excluded from future application cycles as long as their prior 21st Century Fund grant is closed properly.
- Organizations are welcome to resubmit unsuccessful requests in future cycles as appropriate.

Historically, 21st Century Fund has not supported:
- Unsustainable salaries
- General operating expenses
- Travel

The membership will not consider competitive funding for:
- Higher education scholarships
- Projects outside the eight Western New York counties (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming)
- Religious purposes
- Schools not registered with the New York State Education Department
- Attendance at, or sponsorship of, fundraising events for organizations, annual events, or one-time events (unless those one-time events are part of a larger overall project)
- Any partisan political activity. Funds from the foundation cannot be used to support or oppose a candidate for political office
- Projects and activities that have occurred. The 21st Century Fund will not provide payment or reimbursement for expenses incurred prior to the awardee receiving their check

Pre-proposal Conference:

Prospective applicant briefings are October 10, 2019 from 5-6 p.m. or October 15, 2019 from 5-6 p.m.

RSVP to Andrew Gaerte.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application available online: October 1, 2019
- Prospective applicant briefings: October 10, 2019 from 5-6 p.m. or October 15, 2019 from 5-6 p.m.
- Application due: December 6, 2019 by 4 p.m. No exceptions.
- Semi-finalists announced: Early February 2020
- Presentation event: March 5, 2020
- Final vote event: April 2, 2020

The Foundation reserves the right to pay grants in a single installment or in “draws” at its sole discretion.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For more information about the 21st Century Fund competitive grants process, please contact:
Darren Penoyer
(716) 852-2857 ext. 206

RSVP to:
Andrew Gaerte
(716) 852-2857 ext. 207

Larkin at Exchange
726 Exchange Street, Suite 525
Buffalo, NY 14210

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