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Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies for Programs, Operational Expenses, and Capital Requests

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Geographic Focus

USA: New York: Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties

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Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #184928

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $25,000 and grants of up to $50,000 to New York nonprofit organizations and government agencies in eligible counties for initiatives and projects that serve local residents. Funding is intended to support programs, operations, and capital requests in the areas of youth sports, caregivers, community assets, and design and access. The Community Assets fund is limited to Erie County. Caregivers, Design and Access, and Youth Sports are open to all eight counties of Western New York, which is defined as Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties.

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds support grants in four key areas:

Caregivers

Caregivers – Support caregivers – whether paid, voluntary, or family – of persons who are unable to fully care for themselves and with a preference for those who are part of an underserved community. Preference will be given to organizations or projects that provide support to caregivers of older adults. Requests must address the following objective:

  1. Increase opportunities for caregivers to take advantage of resources.

Community Assets

CommunityAssets–Support significant cultural and historic assets and/or increase access to long-term arts instruction for youth. Requests must address one of the following objectives:

  1. Increase access to long term arts instruction for children and youth living in under-resourced communities
  2. Restore and leverage significant historic buildings and architectural landmarks, with a preference for sites that promote cultural tourism

Design and Access

Design and Access – Support enhancement of community access to spaces and programs that support healthy living. Requests must address the following objectives:

  1. Support for pre-planning, development and/or construction. This may include projects related to increasing the walkability and bikeability of local communities, and improving waterways, greenways and recreation corridors.

It is a preference but not a requirement that these projects:

  • Incorporate green design to be environmentally sustainable
  • Incorporate universal access design to serve people of all abilities

Youth Sports

Youth Sports – Support organizations or projects that provide opportunities for all children to be active through sport. Requests to build collaborations among organizations are encouraged.  Requests for projects should include the following objectives from the State of Play WNY Report:

  1. Ask kids what they want.
  2. Reintroduce free play.
  3. Encourage sport sampling.
  4. Revitalize in-town leagues.
  5. Think small.
  6. Design for development.
  7. Train all coaches.
  8. Emphasize prevention.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For Caregivers, Design and Access, and Youth Sports:
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that meet the guidelines and reside in Western New York may apply for a grant. Western New York is defined as Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties.
- Government agencies also may apply. The intent is not to replace public funding but to augment and leverage it.

For Community Assets: Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that reside in Erie County may apply.

Design and Access: Large sports facilities are not of interest.

For Youth Sports, the Fund will not consider requests for traditional sporting goods equipment available through Good Sports. Please consult with Good Sports prior to submitting your grant request.

Requests for endowments, religious purposes, attendance at or sponsorship of events, and for schools not registered with the NYS Education Department will not be accepted.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join one of the Foundation's upcoming virtual information sessions.

Thursday, November 10, 2022, 12 – 1 p.m. (All four focus areas)
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZclcu6spz0uHtWr2hyACxrpaVjl_FmFQTZP

Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 12 – 1 p.m. (All four focus areas)
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYodOCtqjotE9PdYYdgIeRRAynuFXG1kNor

Wednesday, November 16, 2022, 6 – 7 p.m. (Youth Sports applicants only)
Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItcuusrzgoH90hYfCzFT5iuHA-G_qDidrZ

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application available online: November 7, 2022
- Application due: December 2, 2022 at 4 p.m. No exceptions.
- Decisions announced: Early May

Awards from the 2023 cycle will be distributed by May 31, 2023 for projects that begin and end during the time period of June 1, 2023 – May 31, 2024.

Organizations are limited to one application per funding category, but can apply to multiple funding categories.

Organizations can apply again to the same fund in successive years. However, please keep the following points in mind: these funds were established to reach a wider variety of organizations over time. So, if the fund receives a large number of equally strong proposals, a previous grant may be one factor in the decision to give to another organization.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$800,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grant requests should range between $10,000 and $25,000 for Caregivers, Community Assets and Youth Sports.
- Design and Access requests should range between $10,000 and $50,000.

Estimated Total Program Funding:
- Caregivers: $150,000;
- Community Assets: $150,000;
- Design and Access: $250,000;
- Youth Sports: $250,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must begin and end during the time period of June 1, 2023 – May 31, 2024.

Multi-year requests will not be accepted.

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=greaterbuffalo

For questions, please contact:
- Caregivers: Jonathan Hoose at JonathanH@cfgb.org
- Community Assets, and Design and Access: Ba Zan Lin at LinB@cfgb.org
- Youth Sports: Daycia Clarke at DayciaC@cfgb.org

For general information, please contact Ba Zan Lin at LinB@cfgb.org.

Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Larkin at Exchange
726 Exchange Street, Suite 525
Buffalo, Ny 14210
(716) 852-2857

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