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Oath Community Benefit Fund For Lockport

Impacting the Community of Lockport

Established in 2015 as the Yahoo Community Benefit Fund for Lockport (“Fund”), this Fund was created as a part of Yahoo’s agreement with the Empire State Development Corporation to establish a customer care and data center in the Town of Lockport. In 2017, Verizon purchased Yahoo and created a new subsidiary called Oath. Subsequently, the name of the Yahoo Community Benefit Fund was changed to the Oath Community Benefit Fund for Lockport.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted electronically online through the Community Foundation’s Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager.

Grant Opportunity

Amount Available: Approximately $230,000

Preference will be given to organizations located or providing services in the Greater Lockport area, defined as the City of Lockport and the Town of Lockport proper.

Grant awards are determined by the Oath Community Benefit Fund for Lockport Resident Advisory Council.


  • Applications will be accepted online beginning April 2, 2018
  • Application deadline is May 11, 2018 at 4 p.m.
  • Funding decisions will be announced by late July 2018


Organizations located or providing services in Niagara County.

  • Organizations with Section 501(c)(3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service
  • Funds are available for projects beginning and ending during the time period of September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019

The Fund, which will operate for seven years from 2015 – 2021, considers requests that support the following five fields of interest:

  • Family and community building
  • Youth education
  • Economic development
  • Environment
  • Animal welfare

The Fund will not consider competitive funding for:

  • Endowments
  • Religious purposes
  • Schools not registered with the New York State Education Department
  • Attendance at or sponsorship of fundraising events
  • Any partisan political activity(funds from the Fund cannot be used to support or oppose a candidate for political office)
  • Propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation (lobbying)
  • Projects and activities that have occurred prior to the start of the grant period


If you have questions, or would like more information on grant opportunities, contact Darren Penoyer by email at or by phone at (716) 852-2857 ext. 206.

Additional Information

Please click here to download the complete set of guidelines and application questions.

Last Cycle's Grant Recipients

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo administers the Oath Community Benefit Fund for Lockport. All grant decisions are made by the Resident Advisory Council, which consists of community members.

Below are the 2017 recipients:

BISON Children’s Scholarship Fund – Lockport BISON Scholarship Initiative – $10,000

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County  – AgLab – a “dirty classroom” – $20,913.25

Dale Association, Inc. – Intergenerational Program – Electronic Tablets for Writing, Reading, and History project – $13,019.30

DeSales Catholic School – Out of this World Education project – 8.217.00

Historic Palace Inc. – Will Call/Ticket Box Office Renovation  – $50,000

Leadership Niagara – Lockport Community Leadership Development – $4,800

Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara, Inc. – Lockport Literacy Drop-In Center – $10,000

Lockport CARES, Inc. – Tucked in Safe and Secure – $24,937.19

Lockport Ice Arena and Sports Center – Learn to Skate Program – $12,375

Lockport Locks Heritage District Corporation – Lock Tender Tribute – $30,000

Lockport Robotics Inc. – Lockport High School Robotics team – Warlocks Team 1507 – $5,000 

Niagara County Historical Society – Junior Docent Program – $4,671

Salvation Army-Lockport – Bridging the Gap – $30,000

Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County,Inc. – Rebuilding From the Ground Up – $6,512