Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development

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The Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County - Empire State Development was created in 2015 in  an agreement between Verizon Media and Empire State Development to establish a customer care and data center in Niagara County.  The fund further connects Verizon Media to the community through Verizon Media 's receipt of New York State’s Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits and an allocation of low-cost  hydropower from the New York Power Authority.



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Program Highlights
The Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Niagara County considers  proposals advancing  one or more of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council's (REDC) three core enablers outlined its strategic plan, A Strategy for Prosperity: Implement Smart Growth, Foster a Culture of Entrepreneurship, and Prepare our Workforce and/or support any of the region's target industries.

Projects must be located in or provide services to Niagara County. Preference will be given to projects outside the Greater Lockport area (defined as the City of Lockport and Town of Lockport) because the Verizon Media Community Benefit Fund for Lockport focuses on these locations. Funds must support a charitable organization or be used for a charitable purpose which may include programmatic expenses related to a new program or project. Or, a combination of capital and programmatic costs. 

Approximately $230,000 will be available annually through the Fund. Priority will be given to projects with matching funds from sources other than other public funds. 

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Requirements for eligibility can be found in the Program Guidelines.


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How to Apply

Applications are currently closed.