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

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Objective

Objective

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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Overview

Overview

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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Eligibility

Eligibility

Requirements for eligibility can be found in the Program Guidelines.

 

How to Apply

Applications are available through the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo: click here to apply.

Questions about the fund can be sent via email to John Risio at [email protected].

Questions regarding the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s online application system should be directed to Jean McKeown at [email protected].

Timeline:

  • Applications will be accepted online beginning April 1, 2019
  • Application deadline is May 10, 2019 at 4 p.m.
  • Funding decisions will be announced by late July 2019