Community Foundation Announces Awards Totaling More Than $183,000 to Wyoming County Nonprofits through William F. Thiel Trust

Buffalo, N.Y. – The William F. Thiel Trust, a fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, recently awarded grants totaling more than $183,000 to seven Wyoming County nonprofit organizations supporting health needs for the 2024 grant cycle.

The nonprofit organizations receiving grants from the William F. Thiel Trust are as follows:

  • Arc GLOW – $3,956.40 for AEDs for Wyoming County Individualized Residential Alternatives
  • Finger Lakes Migrant Health Care Project – $45,000 for Increasing Health Care Access for Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers
  • Insightful Strides – $10,000 for youth mental health enrichment
  • Parent Network of WNY – $10,000 for family support and education
  • Peers Together of Wyoming County – $64,340 for transportation services expansion
  • VIA Visually Impacted Advancement – $4,583.51 for youth mental health enrichment
  • Wyoming County Community Action – $45,947 to support Angel Action Programs

The William F. Thiel Trust grant process prioritizes applications for needs strategically identified in the Wyoming County Health Needs Assessment. Since the Community Foundation commissioned the first Assessment in 2006, the William F. Thiel Trust has distributed over $4.65 million in grants to healthcare organizations that serve Wyoming County residents. The Community Foundation updates the Assessment every five years with the last major revision in 2023.  The newest Assessment incorporated the Social Determinants of Health, local, state and national healthcare trends, and survey feedback from county citizens and stakeholders in order to decide what the highest funding priorities will be through 2028.

William F. Thiel was a longtime philanthropist in the Wyoming County area. In 1974, Mr. Thiel left a significant legacy to the residents of Wyoming County through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust at the Community Foundation. Today, Mr. Thiel’s generosity continues to support the health needs of Wyoming County residents.

The William F. Thiel grant process opens annually in mid-November.  To learn more, visit




About the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

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