Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Yahoo Community Fund - ESD Grant Process


The Yahoo Community Fund for Niagara County (“Fund”) was created in 2015 as part of an agreement between Yahoo! ® (“Yahoo”) and Empire State Development (“ESD”) to establish a customer care and data center in Niagara County. The purpose of the Fund is to further connect Yahoo to the community as part of Yahoo’s receipt of New York State Excelsior Tax Credits as well as a New York State allocation of hydropower from the New York Power Authority.

Grant Opportunity

The Fund, which will operate for seven years from 2015 – 2021, will consider proposals that:

  • Implement Smart Growth
  • Foster a Culture of Entrepreneurship
  • Prepare our Workforce

Grant awards are determined by the Empire State Development Yahoo Community Fund for Niagara County Grant Review Committee.


  • Applications will be accepted online beginning April 3, 2017
  • Application deadline is May 12, 2017 at 4 PM
  • Funding decisions will be announced by late August 2017


For questions regarding the Community Foundation's online applications system, please contact Jean McKeown at call (716) 852-2857, ext. 204.
For all other questions related to the Yahoo Community Fund - ESD Grant Process, please contact John Risio at

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