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Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds

Grants to Western New York Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools for
Community Assets, Youth Sports, Caregivers, and Outdoor Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Deadline Date:

01/06/20 4:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 and grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Western New York nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and schools for programs in the focus areas of community assets, youth sports, caregivers, and design of and access to outdoor activities. In most cases, grants support localized projects across the WNY region, for which a smaller grant can make all the difference. In some cases, funding may also provide an opportunity to test out ideas and programs on a smaller, pilot level.

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 even older adults. Projects supported through this fund should have a direct impact on caregivers.

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:

  1. Increase access to long-term arts instruction for children and youth living in under-resourced communities.
  2. Restore and leverage significant historic buildings and architectural landmarks, with a preference for sites that promote cultural tourism.

Design and Access: Support enhancement of community access to spaces and programs that support healthy living. Requests must address the following objective: Support for pre-planning, development and/or construction costs. This may include projects related to increasing the walkability and bikeability of local communities, and improving waterways, greenways and recreation corridors. 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

Youth Sports: Provide opportunities for all children to be active through sport. Requests must address one of the following objectives:

  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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184928

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

In 2020 the following funds are available for grants:
- Caregivers: $150,000
- Community Assets: $150,000
- Design and Access: $250,000
- Youth Sports: $250,000

Term of Contract:

Awards from the 2020 cycle will be distributed after May 31, 2020 for projects that begin and end during the time period of June 1, 2020 – May 31,

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 and Design and Access, government agencies also may apply.
- For Community Assets, only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that reside in Erie County may apply.

- 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due January 6, 2020, by 4:00 PM.

- November 11, 2019: Application process opens online
- January 6, 2020: Deadline for full application submission 4 p.m.
- Mid-June 2020: Grant recipient notification
- One year after project completion: Grant reports due

Applications are accepted only through the online application portal.

Additional information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application Online Portal:

If you have questions about applying to Caregivers, please contact Alexandra Warner at

If you have questions about applying to Community Assets, and for Design and Access, please contact Ba Zan Lin at

If you have questions about applying to Youth Sports, please contact Bridget Niland at

For general information, please contact Ba Zan Lin at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Allegany, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming Counties