Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

2016 Winner


Gerard Place Wins!


Congratulations to Gerard Place for winning the 2016 21st Century Fund award of $100,000!

Below are the applicants that were voted through to compete at the Final Vote Event:

Below are brief summaries related to the projects that were voted by 21st Century Fund members to compete in the Final Vote Event for the $100,000 grant.

Click here to view summaries of all projects that were submitted as part of the 2016 grant process.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo

Project Name: Great Futures Renovation Project
Project Summary: Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo Great Futures Renovation Project will transform the Butler Mitchell Clubhouse into a multi-use facility that will be utilized year round by school-aged children and engage partner agencies to deliver adult & family programs.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo are well positioned to support and prepare young people for 21st century success & excel at reaching youth who need us most. For years we have positively changed the lives of countless children in the Buffalo area & are dedicated to making an even greater impact by opening our doors during nontraditional hours to assist more children, families, adults & the ever-growing refugee population.

This project is an investment in our youth and a means to strengthen the West Side community and the center will offer a vast array of activities to help create a healthy, sustainable community.

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens

Project Name: Botanical Gardens Greenhouse 2 and 3 Exhibits
Project Summary: The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc. has been a cultural landmark in Western New York for over 115 years. The Botanical Gardens has over 100,000 visitors annually who experience the architectural beauty and unique plant collection. The Botanical Gardens Society has a public/private partnership with the County of Erie in which the County is responsible for maintaining the historical building and the Society has the responsibility of running the day to day operations. In 2015, the County decided to reconstruct greenhouses 2 and 3 which are on schedule to be completed by June 2016. It is the responsibility of the Society to replant the exhibits of those greenhouses. The cost to reconstruct the exhibits is estimated at $350,000. The Botanical Gardens has begun the difficult task of raising funds to reopen the greenhouses by fall 2016. Completing the project will attract more visitors and members who are critical for the Society to achieve financial sustainability.

Gerard Place

Project Name: Gerard Place Education and Community Center Training Kitchen
Project Summary: In Buffalo’s 14215 Zip Code, unemployment and limited education prevent residents from escaping poverty. When completed the Gerard Place Education and Community Center will eliminate barriers to independence for these people, offering education, employment services, childcare, and recreation, and providing an array of supports for families and individuals. Partnerships with educators, such as Erie 1 BOCES and area employers will provide significant opportunities for these individuals. An industrial kitchen is a component of Phase III, and will provide culinary arts training in partnership with Buffalo Public Schools’ Adult Education. We invite the 21st Century Fund to equip the kitchen, which will also be used to prepare meals for the Center’s childcare center and for homeless and very low income people living in the community, and for catered events in the Center. Open to everyone, it is anticipated that the completed facility will impact approximately 2,000 individuals annually.

Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club

Project Name: 17th Street Clubhouse Revitalization Project
Project Summary: The Niagara Falls Boys & Girls Club 17th Street Clubhouse Revitalization Project is an investment in our youth and a means to strengthen the City of Niagara Falls. This 60 year old Clubhouse will be transformed into a multi-use center that will serve over 750 children & families, will be fully utilized all day & year round and will offer a vast array of activities to help create a healthy, sustainable community. Recently many other agencies have been reducing their services or closing completely, leaving the youth of Niagara Falls, especially teens, with nowhere to go for positive, safe enriching activities. By investing in the upgrades and revitalization of the 17th Street Clubhouse, NFBGC will be able to expand our reach and service hundreds more youth and teens in a wide variety of activities giving these kids a chance to be somewhere and do something positive.

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