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Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Arts & Culture Investment

On December 2, 2021, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation announced a $100 million commitment to transform the financial strength and long-term viability of Western New York’s arts and culture community through the establishment of an endowment at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo that will support the sector now and forever.

This investment will create permanent operational funding streams for 13 of the region’s largest arts and culture institutions that play a critical role as economic drivers and provide an annual grant opportunity for additional arts and culture organizations across the region.

The Wilson Foundation is also dedicating $500,000 annually to support arts and culture nonprofits, primarily of small to medium size, across the eight counties of Western New York and Monroe County. These funds will be deployed flexibly based on organizational and community needs. Beginning in early 2022, the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo will work with sector leaders to conduct listening and engagement sessions to shape the specifics of this opportunity. The first grants will be awarded by the end of 2022.

Click here to read the full announcement. 

To sign up to receive updates on the community engagement process, please fill out the form below. You can expect to start hearing from us in early 2022!

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If you have questions, please reach out to Betsy Constantine at WilsonArts@cfgb.org.