The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Published October 26, 2017

UB Letter of Intent deadline is November 15, 2017

AGENCY

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo http://www.cfgb.org/for-nonprofits/for-grant-seekers/wilsonfunds/. (NOT the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation)

PROGRAM

Caregiving

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. Grant range $10,000 - $25,000.

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. Grant range $10,000 - $25,000.

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. Grant range $10,000 - $50,000.

Youth Sports

Increase access and affordability of all forms of physical activity for youth through organized or casual play with the aim of expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being. In 2018, funding will support the objectives detailed here. Grant range $10,000 - $25,000.

ABOUT THE GRANTS

The program areas combined will invest approximately $800,000 in Western New York. Grant requests should range between $10,000 and $25,000 for all categories except Design and Access grants may be up to $50,000. Multi-year requests are not allowed. 

The Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations attended an info session and learned the following additional information:

  • Competition is high.
  • These endowed funds are for localized projects where a smaller grant makes the difference.
  • The program or project should be ready to implement.
  • If the funds will not be fully expended within the year of funding, applicants should wait for next year’s cycle. Wilson wants the funds dispersed quickly resulting in timely impact.
  • Emphasis is on detailed impact and how outcomes will be measured.
  • The proposal should be clear with regard to number being served and frequency.

KEY DEADLINES & INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS

  • There is a limit of one proposal per institution per program area.
  • If you are interested in applying, please submit an internal LOI by November 15, 2017 to Donald Elick, Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundations Relations at donelick@buffalo.edu. The internal LOI should include a one-page maximum description of the project, total funding requested and names of PI(s) and any collaborators involved. The Corporate and Foundation Relations office will select proposals with the best chance of winning funding based on information that has been provided by the Foundation.
  • Full proposals are due to the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo by 4:00 pm January 8, 2018.
  • Please do not contact the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. Questions may be directed to Don Elick, Assistant Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations, donelick@buffalo.edu or 881-8206.