Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Oath Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development

Background

The Oath Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development (“Fund”) was created in 2015 as part of an agreement between Oath ("Oath") (formerly known as Yahoo! ®) and Empire State Development (“ESD”) to establish a customer care and data center in Niagara County. The purpose of the Fund is to further connect Oath to the community as part of Oath’s receipt of New York State Excelsior Tax Credits as well as a New York State allocation of hydropower from the New York Power Authority.

Grant Opportunity

The Fund, which will operate for seven years from 2015 – 2021, will consider proposals that:

  • Implement Smart Growth
  • Foster a Culture of Entrepreneurship
  • Prepare our Workforce

Grant awards are determined by the Oath Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County-Empire State Development Grant Review Committee.

Timeline:

  • Applications will be accepted online beginning April 2, 2018
  • Application deadline is May 11, 2018 at 4 PM
  • Funding decisions will be announced by late July 2018

Contact:

For questions regarding the Community Foundation's online applications system, please contact Ba Zan Lin at linb@cfgb.org call (716) 852-2857, ext. 244.
For all other questions related to the Oath Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County-Empire State Development Grant Process, please contact John Risio at john.risio@esd.ny.gov.

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