Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Community Foundation Thiel Fund Now Accepting Grant Applications for Wyoming County

Nov 30, 2015 | Posted in News

Buffalo, NY -- The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo’s William F. Thiel Fund is now accepting grant applications for its 2016 grant cycle. Applications for programs supporting Wyoming County health needs are due December 15, 2015 and are available for submission through the Community Foundation’s website at

William F. Thiel was a long-time philanthropist in the Wyoming County area. A hard worker his entire life, Mr. Thiel was dedicated to his family and the Wyoming County community. In 1974, he left a significant legacy to the county through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust, a fund held by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to benefit the health needs of Wyoming County residents.

Earlier this year, the Community Foundation, in partnership with the Wyoming Foundation, hosted the 2015 Wyoming County Health Care Forum for residents, community leaders, and healthcare professionals. Through presentations and facilitated dialogue, the Forum reported on the latest results from the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment which include: health services; enabling health services; and infrastructure.

The Thiel Fund grant process prioritizes applications for programs identified in the Health Needs Assessment. Since 2006, the Thiel Fund has distributed more than $2 million in grants to healthcare organizations serving Wyoming County and has most recently provided grants to Geneseo Migrant Center, Oak Orchard Health, Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center, Wyoming Community Hospital Foundation, and Wyoming County Community Action.

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