Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo Announces 2024 Grant Awards from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds 

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo has announced that 61 Western New York organizations, including Western New York Minority Media Professionals (Broadway Theater Restoration Project), Canopy of Neighbors, and Assembly House 150, will receive/share upwards of $1 million in grant awards from endowment funds created to carry on the legacy of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. 

Since 2016, the Legacy Funds (annual grants) have totaled $11.5 million. It was the wish of Mr. Wilson that the endowment funds, and the ensuing grant awards, would benefit a number of charitable WNY enterprizes, in the following fields: caregivers, community assets, design and access, and youth sports.

The following WNY organizations are the recipients for the 2024 grant awards from Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Funds.

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Caregivers

Burchfield Penney Art Center: $11,000 for “Building Support for the Caregiver Community: Art Moves Me at the Burchfield Penney”

Canopy of Neighbors, Inc.: $15,000 for “Volunteer Community Caregivers Innovatively Meeting Growing Needs Among Isolated & Vulnerable Adults”

Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation: $24,433 for “Cattaraugus County Caregiver Resource Center”

Center for Elder Law & Justice, Inc.: $19,000 for “Pooled Trust: Supporting Caregivers Through Social Work”

Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse: $25,000 for “Supporting the Mindful Caregiver Project”

Genesee County Office for the Aging: $15,260 for “Supporting Caregivers”        

Hearts and Hands–Faith in Action, Inc.: $15,000 for “Hearts and Hands: Caregiver Respite/Transportation” 

Hope Center of LeRoy: $11,937 for “Senior Moments Lunch Club Respite”

Hope Lutheran Church: $10,000 for “Respite Program for Caregivers Through Programming for Seniors”

MCC-DC dba West Side Community Services: $25,000 for “The Golden Hours: Supportive Programming for Caregivers and Adults Age 55+”

United Way of Orleans County: $13,000 for “Who Cares for the Caregivers? Coordinating & developing caregiver respite in Orleans County”

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Community Assets  

Arts for Learning WNY: $25,000 for “ArtWorks: Hired to Create. Inspired to Succeed.”

Assembly House 150: $10,000 for “Assembly House Capital Improvements”

Buffalo Arts Studio: $7,500 for “Jump Start Program”

Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology: $17,342 for “A Third Space: Creating a social anchor for creativity, learning and sense of self”    

Buffalo String Works: $17,000 for “Buffalo String Works: Investing in Program Staff & Faculty”

Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts, Inc.: $13,238 for “Photography Works!”

El Batey Inc.: $12,500 for “El Batey Arts and Culture Initiative”   

Friends of Knox Farm State Park: $9,585 for “Window repair/replacement at Historic Stables at Knox Farm”

Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission: $12,500 for “Nash House Staffing”

Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity: $20,000 for “OLV National Shrine & Basilica Main Dome Restoration Project”

Ujima Company, Inc.: $25,000 for “The Dunbar Youth Program”

Western New York Minority Media Professionals Inc.: $15,000 for “Broadway Theater Restoration Project”

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Design and Access  

Alfred Almond Community Sports Association Inc.: $25,000 for “Almond Riverwalk Project Phase II”

Chautauqua County Equestrian Trail System, Inc.: $25,000 for “Our Mission is Our Legacy”

Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation: $25,000 for “Chautauqua County Overland Trails Revitalization Project, Phase IV”

New City Parks: $25,000 for “Community Access and Green Design in Buffalo’s Kingsley Park”

New York Green, Inc.: $50,000 for “Town of Batavia Park Road Park”

Ralph Wilson Park Conservancy – Main: $45,000 for “Ralph Wilson Park Public Space Activation”

Town of Caneadea: $25,000 for “Town Park Pavilion: Improving Park Amenities in a Rural Community”

Village of Hamburg: $50,000 for “Village of Hamburg Eighteen Mile Creek Pedestrian Bridge”

Village of Perry: $25,000 for “Main Street Trailhead/Peace Park along the Silver Lake Trail”

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Legacy Fund for Youth Sports 

 #IntegrityFirst, Inc.: $8,000 for “Park Play with Pros”

BASE – Buffalo All Star Extreme: $7,087 for “CheerAbilities”       

 Boys & Girls Club of Holland: $9,000 for “Project Empower Youth”         

 Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County: $20,000 for “Girls on the Run”

 Boys on the Right Track: $5,000 for “Boys on the Right Track”

 Buffalo Maendeleo Soccer Club Inc.: $10,000 for “Buffalo Maendeleo Soccer Club”

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy: $10,000 for “Improving Youth Access to the Game of Golf”

Chautauqua Striders Inc.: $8,000 for “Youth Track and Field Development Program”

City of Lackawanna: $18,000 for “City Swim Project Lackawanna”         

Cradle Beach Camp: $6,000 for “Cradle Beach- Sports Sampling”          

El Batey Inc.: $10,000 for “Level Up Sport Mentoring”

Erie Regional Housing Development Corporation – The Belle Center: $8,000 for “Sport Sampling: Curling is a Sport!”

First Tee of Western New York: $8,000 for “First Tee WNY & Seneca Babcock Community Ass. Building Character & Health in WNY’s Youth”

Full Circle Family Services: $7,000 for “EmpowerSports Initiative”

Girl Scouts of Western New York, Inc.: $6,000 for “2024 Camp Seven Hills Creating Girl Leaders through Sports and Play”

Girls on the Run of Buffalo, Inc.: $10,000 for “Girls on the Run of Buffalo School Sponsorship Fund”

Gliding Stars, Inc.: $7,000 for “Gliding Stars Adaptive Ice Skating Program”

Harrison’s Playmakers: $10,000 for “Everyone Plays”

Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo: $12,500 for “JCC of Greater Buffalo Swim For All”

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District: $20,000 for “Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Sports Equity & Opportunity Project”

King Urban Life Center: $12,500 for “STEAM TEAM Sports Programming”

SOLID Foundation Prep, Inc.: $10,000 for “SOLID Foundation Prep ACHIEVE Camp and Yearly Programming”

Tapestry Charter School: $16,000 for “Tapestry-PlayBuffalo Spring and Summer Youth Sports Sampling Camps, 2024”

The Champion Project: $15,000 for “The Champion Project – High Five”

WAVE Buffalo Inc.: $8,000 for “Mentoring on Wheels and Let’s Play Ball”

YMCA Buffalo Niagara – Main: $13,500 for “Strengthening Kids through Sports”

YMCA of the Twin Tiers – Main: $12,000 for “Family Free Play Friday Nights”

Youth Advantage/Buffalo Legacy Project: $15,000 for “Youth Advantage Free Play Zones”

Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County: $8,000 for “Go for the Gold”

For additional information on the Legacy Funds or updates on the next granting cycle, visit

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