Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

William F. Thiel Grants

Background

William Thiel was a long time philanthropist in the Wyoming County area. His generosity through monetary gifts to the hospital, fire departments, and other community organizations in Wyoming County was well known. He also 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.

The fund document of the William F. Thiel Trust states that distributions "from this gift shall be used and applied by the Governing Committee of The Buffalo Foundation (now the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo) for the use and benefit of the health requirements of the residents of Wyoming County, New York.”

2015 Thiel Roundtable Members


Project Focus

2012-2017: Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment and Guidance Report for 2013 to 2017
In an effort to serve the health needs of the residents of Wyoming County, in 2006 the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo commissioned a comprehensive Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment (WCHNA). The information gained through the WCHNA directed the grant making decisions for the Thiel Trust through the 2011-2012 granting cycle supporting the development and delivery of programs and services to improve health outcomes for Wyoming County residents.

In fall 2012, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo announced the newest WCHNA. Based on the history of Thiel granting since 2006 in consideration with the current healthcare environment, the updated assessment presented an evolutionary set of funding priorities that will be used to guide granting for the next five years. The commissioned update found that Thiel funding has had significant influence in Wyoming County healthcare with one in four residents impacted by the fund.

As with the 2006 report, the concept of balance is a key factor to the approach used to define potential Thiel grant priorities. The new Funding Model has been restructured in order to account for the ever changing healthcare field, both nationally, and locally. Certain years have certain priorities for funding. The newest grant guidance titled “Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment and Guidance Report for 2013 to 2017” is available by clicking the link below. The report should be reviewed in detail by any applicant before they submit a request for funding to see if their program is appropriate and fits a need in a given year.

View the 2012-2017 Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment

Grant Opportunity

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo seeks proposals from qualified non-profit 501(c)3 organizations that provide services for the benefit of the medical needs of Wyoming County residents.

Priorities include:

  • Health Services
    • Dental Health-Underserved
    • Medical Specialties-General Population
    • Mental Health-Underserved/Youth
    • Primary Care-Underserved, Elderly, Chronic Disease
  • Enabling Health Services
    • Access and Navigation-Seasonal Farm Works
    • Community Health/Food to Schools-Youth/Obesity
    • Emergency Assistance and Support-Low Income
  • Infrastructure
    • Affordability-General Population
    • Coordination-General Population
    • Equipment-General Population
    • Personnel-General Population
    • Public Health-General Population

Timeline

  • RFP posted online: November 14, 2016
  • Application deadline: December 15, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
  • Funding decisions announced: Mid-February 2017

Contact

Any questions related to the request for proposals can be directed to Darren Penoyer. Or please call the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo at 716-852-2857.

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