Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds


Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is accepting applications for the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds now until January 8, 2018.

Please see the link below to submit an application.

Background:

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 Mr. Wilson. These areas of support are: Caregivers; Community Assets; Design and Access; and Youth Sports.

The grants made from these Legacy Funds held at the Community Foundation are distinct from the grants made by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation directly. In most cases, the grants made from these Funds at the Community Foundation serve to support very localized projects across the WNY region for which a smaller grant can make all the difference. In some cases, it may also provide an opportunity to test out ideas and programs on a smaller, pilot level.

About the Foundation:

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. believed effective change should make an impact from the start, yet carry long into the future. To do both, he earmarked a portion of his estate and the eventual sale of his beloved Buffalo Bills to fund his namesake foundation. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation began operations in 2015 to continue his legacy-one of generosity and innovation, healthy risk taking and collaboration and an unshakeable community focus.

And today, his hand-picked Life Trustees have determined to focus the efforts of the foundation on Mr. Wilson’s home and adopted home regions of Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

About the Funds:

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is honored that the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation trustees, as part of their investments, have chosen to work with the Community Foundation in this way, to permanently support organizations and causes that Mr. Wilson cared about so deeply. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds support grants in four key areas that honor the lifetime interests of Mr. Wilson:

  • Caregivers
    Improve support for caregivers – whether paid or voluntary – through efforts that provide needed skills, resources, education and respite. Caregivers are those who look after dependent individuals such as children with special needs, disabled adults and older adults who require caregiving. Projects supported through this fund should have a direct impact on caregivers. In 2018, funding will support the objectives detailed here.
  • Community Assets
    Support significant cultural and historic assets and/or increase access to long-term arts instruction for youth. In 2018, funding will support the objectives detailed here.
  • Design and Access
    Increase the health and quality of life of WNY residents of all ages by enhancing outdoor activities within the region. In 2018, funding will support the objectives detailed here.
  • Youth Sports
    Provide opportunities for all children to be active through sport. In 2018, funding will support the objectives detailed here.

For additional information on eligibility for each of the funds, please click here to download the goals and objectives for this grant process.

About the Grants:

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 has been signed and returned.

2018 Initial Funding Timeline:

  • October 16, 2017 - Application process opens online
  • November 6, 2017 - Optional meeting at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to review the process, application and reporting processes
    • Design and Access – 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
    • Caregivers – 11:00 - 11:45 a.m..
    • Youth Sports – 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
    • Community Assets – 1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
  • January 8, 2018 – Deadline for full application submission 4 p.m.
  • May 2018 – Grant recipient notification
  • Beginning June 1, 2018 – Grant distribution will begin
  • One year after project completion - Grant reports due

Optional Meeting:

There will be an optional meeting for prospective applicants on November 6, 2017 (see times above) at the Community Foundation (located at 726 Exchange Street, Suite 525, Buffalo, NY). Please email Laura Schwamborn at LauraS@cfgb.org by November 1, 2017 with the session(s) you plan to attend.

Who May Apply:

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, government agencies also may apply.

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

Additional Information:

  • There is a limit to one application per organization per funding category
  • Multi-year requests will not be accepted
  • 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
  • Please click here to review frequently asked questions

How to Apply:

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo will begin accepting applications for the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds from October 16, 2017 until January 8, 2018.

Contact

  • If you have questions about applying to Caregivers or Youth Sports, please contact Brigid Doherty at BrigidD@cfgb.org.
  • If you have questions about Design and Access, please contact Cara Matteliano at CaraM@cfgb.org.
  • If you have questions about applying to Community Assets, please contact Jean McKeown at JeanM@cfgb.org.

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