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21st Century Fund Grant

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #148798

Grant Description

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Grant to a Western New York nonprofit organization for a significant project to benefit local residents. Priority will be given to sustainable requests that require minimal future grant support and result in lasting, substantial impact on the region. Projects must benefit residents of Wyoming, Orleans, Niagara, Genesee, Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, and Allegany counties. The 21st Century Fund is unique in that successful applicants will make presentations to, and interact with, the membership at two separate large events, which will be virtual in 2022.

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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 festivals
- One-time events unless it’s one 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:

Virtual prospective applicant briefing is October 7, 2021, from 4 PM to 5 PM
Zoom information for applicant briefing:
Meeting ID: 882 1403 1560

Passcode: 177945

If you plan on attending the virtual grantee briefing session, please contact Nora Kennon.

If you are not able to attend the applicant briefing at the scheduled time, a recording will be posted on this webpage afterward

Pre-Application Information:

- Application available online: October 4 2021
- Prospective applicant briefings: October 7, 2021, from 4 PM to 5 PM
- Application due: December 3, 2021, by 4 PM. No exceptions.
- Semi-finalists announced: mid-February 2022
- Virtual presentation event March 2022
- Virtual final vote event April 2022

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

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Term of Contract:

The 21st Century Fund grant should be utilized within one year from the final vote event. Grants not released within six months of the event may be cancelled unless there are extenuating circumstances. Any request for a change from the original timeline must be made in writing.

Contact Information:

To Apply:

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

RSVP to:
Nora Kennon at

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

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