The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Youth Sports COVID-19 Fund

Partnering for Greater Impact

The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation created the Youth Sports and Recreation COVID-19 Fund to provide a source of funding to WNY Youth Sport and Recreation Organizations or youth-serving organizations that offer alternative and safe youth sport and recreation activities during the summer of 2020 through spring of 2021.

The grants made from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Youth Sports and Recreation COVID-19 Fund held at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo are distinct from the grants made by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation directly. Structured similarly to the Ralph C. Wilson Jr., Youth Sport Legacy Fund, the Youth Sports and Recreation COVID-19 Fund aims to position organizations to offer alternative and safe youth sport and recreation programming during the summer of 2020 through the spring of 2021.  Grant monies may be used to defray the cost of creating safe programming for youth sport and recreation including the purchase of PPE, implementation of disinfection strategies, activation of alternative programming such as play kit and equipment distributions, street by street play and sport time, sandlot game days and nights and socially distanced sport stations within local parks.

About the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. believed effective change should make an impact from the start, yet carry long into the future. To do both, he earmarked a portion of his estate and the eventual sale of his beloved Buffalo Bills to fund his namesake foundation. The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation began operations in 2015 to continue his legacy – one of generosity and innovation, healthy risk taking and collaboration and an unshakeable community focus.

And today, his hand-picked Life Trustees have determined to focus the efforts of the foundation on Mr. Wilson’s home and adopted home regions of Southeast Michigan and Western New York.

How to Apply

Applications are submitted electronically online through the Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager.  No paper, emailed, or pdf applications are accepted.

Grant Opportunity

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo will use the funding to provide grants of up to $25,000 to youth sports or youth serving organizations.

Timeline

We will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020.

Eligibility

Organizations with an IRS 501(c)(3) designation or government agencies are eligible for funding. Requests must provide youth sport and recreation programming during the summer of 2020 through the spring of 2021 in one of the eight counties of Western New York. Requests must address one of the following objectives listed in the State of Play Western New York Report:

  1. Ask kids what they want.
  2. Reintroduce free play.
  3. Encourage sport sampling.
  4. Revitalize in-town leagues.
  5. Think small.
  6. Design for development.
  7. Train all coaches.
  8. Emphasize prevention.

Information Sessions

  • Friday, June 19, 2020 at 3 p.m. via Zoom Meeting, register here
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 9 a.m. via Zoom Meeting, register here
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 7 p.m. via Zoom Meeting, register here

Contact

If you have questions, contact Bridget Niland by email at BridgetN@cfgb.org.

Additional Information

  • Please click here to view answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.
  • There is a limit to one application per organization.
  • Multi-year requests will not be accepted.
  • Requests for endowments, religious purposes, attendance at or sponsorship of events and for schools not registered with the NYS Education Department will not be accepted.