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Grant applications being accepted for 2021 Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Legacy Funds

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Press release:

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is now accepting applications for the 2021 Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Legacy Funds competitive grant process.

The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation established endowment funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to provide annual support for programs and initiatives that reflect the personal passions of Wilson. Grants will support the following areas of interest:


Support caregivers –whether paid, voluntary or family – of persons who are unable to fully care for themselves and 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 at least one of the following objectives:

  • Increase opportunities for caregivers to take advantage of resources.
  • Support operating expense of the applicant organization. 

Community Assets

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: 

  • Increase access to long term arts instruction for children and youth living in under-resourced communities. 
  • Restore and leverage significant historic buildings and architectural landmarks, with a preference for sites that promote cultural tourism.
  • Support operating expenses of the applicant organization. 

Design and Access

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

  • Support for preplanning, 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. 
  • Support operating expenses of the applicant organization. 

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.
  • Please note: Large sports facilities are not of interest.

Youth Sports

  • 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. 

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.

Funds will be released after grant requirements and obligations have been signed and returned. 

For Caregivers, Design and Access, and Youth Sports, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that meet the guidelines described above 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. For Caregivers, Design and Access and Youth Sports, government agencies also may apply. For Community Assets, only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that reside in Erie County may apply.

Applications are due Dec. 4, at 4 p.m. Decisions will be made in May.

A virtual information session for all areas of interest will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Additionally, there will be an evening virtual session for Youth Sports first-time applicants from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9.

To register for information sessions, learn more about deadlines and eligibility, and to apply, please click here.

United Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s Spring Gala

By Lisa Ace

Event Name: United Memorial Medical Center Foundation’s Spring Gala

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018

Time: 6:00 pm

Location & Address: Richard C. Call Arena, Genesee Community College | 1 College Road, Batavia, NY  14020

Tickets: $100 each

Purchase Tickets and Sponsorships:

Event Date and Time

Volunteers Sought for Foundation to Support Batavia City School District

By Kathie Scott

   The Batavia City School District Board of Education is forming a committee to establish a foundation to support the District and is looking for interested community members to serve on it.  In particular, the Board would like to encourage participation by individuals with experience in the areas of finance, endowment, not-for-profit, fund-raising, banking, education, or public school law .
   If interested, please contact the Superintendent's office at 343-2480 ext 1000.

Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation Awareness Day

By Rick D. Franclemont

The Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation held a "Foundation Awareness Day" at Lions Park Saturday during the Batavia Bulldawgs football games. The Foundation was established in 2007 in memory of Michael C. Napoleone, who died from Burkitts Lymphoma/Leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer.

Some of the things the foundation has done since its inception are: Contribute more than $35,000 for pediatric cancer research; assist more than 180 families; and give $95,000 in support; give $3,500 for items on the clinic's wish list for patients at the Pediatric Treatment Center at Golisano Children's Hospital at the U of R Medical Center; and donate more $17,000 to youth sports and other youth organizations.  

Please visit to learn more about, or contribute to, this wonderful organization.

Christen Napoleone presenting a check for $500 to the Batavia Bulldawgs Organization

Attica High School senior Ashley Brotherton telling her story about surviving cancer.

Bulldawgs team jerseys were presented to Laurie and Mark Napoleone.

In the picture are Ellen DellaPenna, Griffin DellaPenna, Laurie Napoleone, Ben Humes (Bulldawgs vice commissioner), Mark Napoleone, Matt DellaPenna, and John Reigle (Bulldawgs commissioner).

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