Funding in two categories will support small to mid-sized arts organizations serving WNY
The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo is now accepting applications for the 2022 Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Arts & Culture Initiative competitive grant process in two categories. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Sept. 16.
In December 2021, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation announced a gift to support arts and culture in the eight counties of Western New York, plus Monroe County, in recognition of the key role arts and culture organizations play in a thriving economy. Part of that announcement includes $500,000 in annual funding to be awarded primarily to support small to mid-sized arts and culture organizations in the nine counties.
Since January, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has connected with, listened to and learned from over 100 representatives of arts and culture organizations, including arts councils, advocacy groups, nonprofits and funders from Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties. This included three listening sessions, which were open to all arts and culture organizations in the nine counties.
As a result, in 2022, the Community Foundation will be requesting applications from 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are physically located in and/or operate from the eight counties of Western New York, plus Monroe County, for two opportunities:
•A single arts and culture nonprofit organization may apply for up to $10,000 for operating funding. Preference will be given to organizations for which $10,000 will make a meaningful impact on their annual operations. Applicant organizations must have had no more than $3 million in revenue in their fiscal year 2021 to be eligible to apply.
•Multiple arts and culture organizations may apply together for funding to support collaborative efforts to advance inclusion up to $25,000. Preference will be given to collaborations that will have a meaningful impact on inclusion, and for which small to mid-sized arts and culture organizations receive the majority of the funding requested.
For additional details on eligibility and the grant opportunity, visit https://www.cfgb.org/nonprofits/grants/ralph-c-wilson-jr-foundation-arts-culture-initiative/.
Virtual grant briefing sessions will be held on the following dates:
•Wednesday, Aug. 24, 3-4 p.m.
•Thursday, Sept. 1, 9-10 a.m.
Find registration information and grant process details here: https://www.cfgb.org/nonprofits/grants/ralph-c-wilson-jr-foundation-arts-culture-initiative/.
For more than a century, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has enhanced and encouraged 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. Established in 1919, 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.