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January 19, 2021 - 12:35pm

Press release:

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for its 2021 competitive grant process through Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.

Applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in or serving one of the eight counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming).

Interested organizations should read the detailed guidelines/additional information that can be found here before submitting a Letter of Intent.

LOI proposals must address at least one of the Solutions listed under the Community Foundation’s four Community Goals that can be found at the link above.

The four Community Goals are: 

  • Improve educational achievement for students living in low-income households;
  • Increase racial/ethnic equity;
  • Protect and restore significant environmental resources and promote equitable access;
  • Strengthen the region as a center for architecture, arts and culture.
January 6, 2021 - 12:07pm

Press release:

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the more than $3 million “Raising the Bar” Restaurant Recovery Fund to assist restaurants in New York State during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This grant funding has been made possible through financial donations led by Diageo North America and supported by Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits (a division of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits) and will be implemented by the nonprofit National Development Council (NDC).

The “Raising the Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund” will help eligible restaurants adjust their operations to the impacts of COVID-19 and adherence to New York State’s public health and safety measures during the winter months when outdoor dining is limited.

Empire State Development Acting Commissioner, and President & CEO-designate Eric Gertler said, “The restaurant industry is a critical component of our state's economy -- encompassing hundreds of small businesses who employ thousands of New Yorkers.

"This industry has been among the hardest hit by the devastating effects of COVID-19, working hard to stay open, serve customers and keep employees safe. This fund is designed to help establishments adapt during this unprecedented time with assistance to sustain their businesses during the winter months to come." 

“Raising the Bar” grant funding can be used for COVID-19-related improvements and equipment that will allow the business to: comply with social distancing guidelines; expand take-out/delivery operations; or accommodate outdoor dining such as plexiglass barriers/partitions; signage promoting social distancing and hygiene protocols; heaters, heat lamps, weatherization upgrades and insulated delivery bags; improvements that will allow the business to continue operating through the winter months such as filtration system upgrades and food heaters to maintain temperature for to-go orders; and purchasing PPE and sanitation supplies necessitated by the pandemic; and COVID-19 related business improvements like patio heaters or contactless technology.

Qualifying purchases and expenditures must be from Sept. 1, 2020 onward to be eligible. Initial round of grants are up to $5,000. 

Initial grant funding will be awarded based on the received applications and dispersed independently by NDC, an experienced national economic nonprofit that has been in operation since 1969. 

“Diageo is committed to supporting restaurant owners, particularly those in underrepresented communities, who have been disproportionately harmed by COVID-19,” said Debra Crew, president, Diageo North America.

“We are honored to serve as a founding contributor of the ‘Raising the Bar’ Restaurant Recovery Fund, providing much needed relief to an important industry that serves as a vital part of the economic engine of local communities. We encourage other organizations and businesses that also call New York ‘home’ to join us in this endeavor to make the impact of the program even stronger.”

“The hospitality industry in New York needs help now more than ever and we are here for them like they’ve always been here for us,” commented Wayne E. Chaplin, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

“The Raising the Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund provides an essential lifeline to restaurant owners so they can continue to operate safely, and stay afloat during this critical time. We are proud that our Coastal Pacific Wine & Spirits division is working with the State of New York, our valued supplier, Diageo, and the NDC to provide this much needed and urgent financial support.”

"At NDC, we are eager to get moving on this restaurant grant program," said Dan Marsh, president of National Development Council. "Having worked on numerous loan and grant programs in New York and across the country, what we have seen is that smaller restaurants -- especially minority and woman-owned establishments -- are not getting the help they really need. A tailored grant program specific to this industry is critical."

Eligible businesses consist of New York State restaurants that have no more than $3 million in 2019 revenue and are engaged in providing food services and meals prepared on-premises to patrons who traditionally order and are served while seated, including certain on-premises food and drinking establishments licensed through the State Liquor Authority (SLA) and which need funding to adjust to COVID-related impacts and protocols.

Establishments providing take out or grab and go food services due to COVID-19 restrictions are also eligible to receive the grant from NDC. Additionally, these establishments must have been in operation on or before March 1, 2019 and certify and demonstrate that they have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.

All businesses must continue to comply with the New York Forward reopening guidance and Cluster Action Initiative guidance, as applicable. Restaurants can apply to the “Raising the Bar Restaurant Recovery Fund” starting Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. For more information visit the ESD website.

January 6, 2020 - 2:38pm

Press release:

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is now accepting Letters of Intent for its 2020 competitive grant process through 4 p.m. Feb. 3.

Interested organizations should read the detailed guidelines/additional information before submitting a Letter of Intent. A link to the guidelines can be found here.

LOI proposals must address at least one of the Solutions listed under the Community Foundation’s four community goals. The Solutions are listed on the webpage and the goals are listed below:

  • Improve educational achievement and workforce readiness for residents living in low-income households;
  • Increase racial/ethnic equity;
  • Protect and restore significant environmental resources and promote equitable access;
  • Strengthen the region as a center for architecture, arts and culture.

Additionally, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in or serving one of the eight counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming).

In 2019, the Community Foundation awarded more than $500,000 to 28 Western New York nonprofit organizations through the competitive grants process. The Community Foundation is home to more than 900 named funds, totaling over $500 million in assets and is one of the region’s largest grantmakers.

March 28, 2019 - 3:26pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation, grants.

Press release:

The Board of Directors of the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation is excited to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 winter cycle of Community Youth Grant Awards.

Grants have been awarded to the following organizations for their commitment to facilitating community youth activities for children under age 18 in the Western New York region:

  • Warsaw Junior Tigers Youth Football Program: $1,600
  • Batavia Middle School -- “B Squad” Running Program: $1,100
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. John the Baptist Church “Kids to Camp” Program: $1,000
  • Batavia Girls Fastpitch Softball/Batavia Stingers: $1,500
  • Genesee County Business/Education Alliance Summer Career Exploration Camps: $1,000

The summer round of the annual grant cycle will begin soon.

Summer 2019 Funding Cycle:

●  Application form available (online only) on May 1;

●  Applications are due July 1;

●  Award notices will be sent to applicants by Aug. 1.

The online application will be available here. There are no geographic limitations for recipients, but preference may be given to the Western New York region. Organizations may receive one grant annually. Requests for program advertising will be directed to the appropriate grant cycle.

Upcoming Foundation Fundraising events:

The eighth annual Derby Day Gala 2019 will be held on Saturday, May 4, at Terry Hills Restaurant & Banquet Facility from 4 to 9 p.m. For ticket information go to www.michaelshope.org

About the Michael Napoleone Memorial Foundation Inc.

It was established in 2007, is in memory of Michael C. Napoleone, the 8-year-old son of Mark and Laurie Napoleone from Batavia, who died from Burkitts Lymphoma/Leukemia, an aggressive form of blood cancer. During Michael's illness, the community rallied around the family to assist with food, gas, medical bills and other necessities.

The not-for-profit foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, was created to give back to those who cared, to give forward to those in need, and to support research efforts in finding a cure for childhood cancer.

January 30, 2019 - 1:57pm
Press release:
 
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo – a local nonprofit organization committed to helping individuals, families and organizations make their charitable goals a reality – is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019.
 
To mark this milestone, the Community Foundation will award $1 million in honor of 12 local change makers who have made a difference in the lives of Western New Yorkers through a community-wide nomination process.
 
Beginning Feb. 11, individuals can nominate living change makers who have made an impact in the eight counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming) for The Centennials. Nomination forms can be found online at CentennialAwards.org or at your local public library. Nominations are due by 4 p.m. on March 22.
 
“The Community Foundation has helped ignite change in Western New York alongside our clients for 100 years and our Board of Directors felt strongly that our celebrations in 2019 should reflect the people who have committed to make Western New York a vibrant and inclusive region with opportunity for all,” said Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker, president/CEO of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo. “The Centennials will celebrate everything we stand for as an organization – focused forward.” 
 
The Centennial Awards will recognize individuals in four award categories:
 
• The Community Award -- This change maker saw the hidden potential in a place and took a leadership role to transform it.
 
• The Cause Award -- This change maker has dedicated time and passion to addressing a pressing issue facing our region.
 
• The Champion Award -- This change maker has made a meaningful change for a group of people.
 
• The Up and Comer Award -- This change maker is an emerging leader currently mobilizing action around a place, an issue or people.
 
Here is how the $1 million will be awarded:
  • Four winners (one per category) will each be honored with $200,000: $100,000 to make a one-time grant to a WNY nonprofit and $100,000 to create an endowment that will allow them to make grants in their name forever.
  • Eight finalists will each grant $25,000 to a WNY nonprofit of their choice. 
Once the nomination process closes, all nominations will be reviewed and 12 finalists will be chosen by a Centennials Selection Committee. This distinguished group of community leaders represents what the Community Foundation has committed to as an organization – excellence, experience, racial and ethnic diversity, the arts and culture sector, education, the environment and our geographic footprint. The full list of selection committee members can be viewed at CentennialAwards.org.
 
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are honored that so many highly regarded individuals in our community have enthusiastically joined our effort to honor change makers in our community,” said Francisco M. Vasquez, Ph.D., chair of the Community Foundation Board of Directors. “We want this celebration to really highlight the fact that everyone can have an impact through the Community Foundation.”
 
The Community Foundation is a foundation of foundations. Today, it has over $485 million in charitable assets, serves more than 400 active clients, and is carrying on the legacies of an additional 500 clients. In 2018 alone, the organization awarded $22 million at the request of its clients to create a lasting impact in Western New York and beyond.
 
Winners of The Centennials will be announced in September at a celebration event at Kleinhans Music Hall.
 
For more information on The Centennials, please visit CentennialAwards.org and for more information on the Community Foundation, visit cfgb.org.
 
About the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Celebrating its centennial year in 2019, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. A 501 (c)(3) organization, the Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. For 100 years, the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. Learn more at cfgb.org.
January 15, 2019 - 2:21pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, community foundation of greater buffalo, grants.
Press release:
 
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is accepting Letters of Intent for its 2019 competitive grant process through Feb. 4. Interested organizations should read the detailed guidelines/additional information that can be found here before submitting a Letter of Intent: https://www.cfgb.org/nonprofits/grants/community-foundation/
 
Additionally, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located within the eight counties of Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming).
 
In 2018, the Community Foundation awarded more than $500,000 to 23 Western New York nonprofit organizations through the competitive grants process. The Foundation is home to more than 900 named funds, totaling over $485 million in assets and is one of the region’s largest grantmakers. 
 
About the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo
Celebrating its centennial year in 2019, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo was established in 1919 to enhance and encourage long-term philanthropy in the Western New York community. A 501 (c)(3) organization, the Community Foundation’s mission is: Connecting people, ideas and resources to improve lives in Western New York. For 100 years the Community Foundation has made the most of the generosity of individuals, families, foundations and organizations who entrust charitable assets to the Community Foundation’s care. Learn more at www.cfgb.org.
September 29, 2009 - 3:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, grants.

In the past year, the city has applied for five state and federal grants.

Three of the grants -- totaling nearly $2 million in funding -- have been awarded. The city invested a little more than $12,000 on the grant application process.

"That's quite a return on investment," City Manager Jason Molino told the City Council during Monday's conference meeting.

The city has been awarded $411,000 for the Bank Street Project, $1.5 million from RestoreNY for the Masse Gateway Project and $25,000 for records retention.

With two grant applications unresolved, the city is looking forward for more grant opportunities.

Brownfield Opportunity Area: This grant is designed to help governments focus on revitalization strategies, not actual rehabilitation, for under utilized and dormant sites. It's intended to help with development stages between planning and actual redevelopment, such as site assessments and environmental reviews. The program reimburses up to 90 percent of costs and is supposed to foster a private-public partnership in redevelopment. Property owner participation is required. Molino said the ideal area to target is what the city has identified as the Ellicott Microenterprise District as part of the Central Corridor Project. The district extends down Ellicott Street from Evans to Swan. "It takes several uses (commercial, retail, residential) and puts them together, which is what they're looking for," Molino said.

Small Cities Community Development Block Grant: There are two types of grants available in this program. One grant is available for a small city to replace outdated sewer and water systems in low- to moderate-income areas. The other allows for assistance to property owners of low- to moderate-income housing. Molino is suggesting that the city go after a housing rehab grant, but unlike the Jackson Street project of 10 years ago, where the grant program provided loans, the city will pursue a straight grant option. In whatever designated area selected (or citywide), homeowners of low- to moderate-incomes could get grants, or landlords who rent to low- or moderate-income tenants could receive a grant. Up to $400,000 is available for this program. Molino anticipates that individual grant awards to property owners would be in the $10,000 to $15,000 range each. The city could apply to the housing rehab program every year, Molino said. it is competitive though, with only one out of three grant applications accepted. 

Records Management Grant: This year, the city received $25,000 for new shelving and software to convert key data records and city council minutes to electronic storage. This year, Molino said the city should apply for a grant to upgrade water metering and billing systems.

Upstate Blueprint Fund: This is a new state program intended to help communities attract business, improve commerce and revitalize downtown business areas. The program can fund grants and loans for businesses and municipalities. The program funds only 20 percent of a project and would require private business investment.

June 24, 2009 - 2:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in genesee county, business, grants, chamber of commerce.

The micro-enterprise loan/grant program, which has been used by a number of businesses in downtown Batavia over the years to help them get started or expand is now available to any business in Genesee County, the Chamber of Commerce announced today.

The program provides cash for small businesses (five or fewer employees, including the owner) in a loan (75 percent) and grant (25 percent) format so businesses can hire more people, buy new equipment or make other business improvements that will lead to greater employment.

The program is designed to augment private funding sources when traditional loans are either unaffordable or unavailable.

Full press release after the jump:

February 23, 2009 - 10:20am
posted by Philip Anselmo in batavia, city council, grants, Albany.

Several city leaders are in Albany today, where Council President Charlie Mallow hopes to swing a couple deals for future grants. In an e-mail to local media outlets, Mallow said that he and Councilwoman Marianne Clattenburg "were able to secure private meetings with some very influential people and there are several issues the city is looking to move forward on." As a result, Mallow requested City Manager Jason Molino and Assistant City Manager Sally Kuzon, to join them in the capital for help with "this very important lobbying effort." mallow and Clattenburg have been there since last week.

Tonight's council meeting has subsequently been cancelled.

We sent an e-mail to Mallow this morning to see if he could supply us with any more details about these "private meetings." We also asked why he felt the presence of Molino and Kuzon was required.

His response:

Being successful and keeping the tax rate down requires us to obtain grants.This year city taxpayers were subsidized $580,000 by state grants. in prior years we were only able to secure a small fraction of that money. That is a number that was unthinkable in past years and it comes from a lot of hard work and a professional staff. We have made a conscious effort to go out and get what our city needs instead of relying on that money to come from local taxpayers pockets.

I was able to setup several meetings with key individuals in the governor’s office. I asked Jason how we could use this time and these contacts to our best advantage. Sally and Jason's knowledge on the specifics of our requests are needed on an informational basis to those we are meeting with. The more successful we are in making our case for funding the higher the probability we will be successful with future grant opportunities, that is our ultimate goal and the reason we are here in Albany.

May 9, 2008 - 8:22am
posted by Philip Anselmo in news, headlines, wbta, grants.

Check out WBTA for this and other stories:

• More than a few state grants have been awarded to Genesee County recently, including: $93,000 for the town and city to take a look at consolidating services, $250,000 to help with the law enforcement dispatch consolidation already underway and another $150,000 that will go to the city for sidewalk improvements.

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