William F. Thiel Grants

William F. Thiel

William Thiel was a long-time philanthropist in the Wyoming County area. His generosity through monetary gifts to the hospital, fire departments and other community organizations in Wyoming County was well known. He also left a significant legacy to the County through the creation of the William F. Thiel Trust, a fund held by the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo.

The fund document of the William F. Thiel Trust states that distributions “from this gift shall be used and applied by the Governing Committee of The Buffalo Foundation (now the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo) for the use and benefit of the health requirements of the residents of Wyoming County, New York.”

How to Apply

Applicants should review the Grant Funding Priorities in detail to determine if their request fits within the identified interests of the Community Foundation. Applications MUST be submitted electronically online utilizing the Foundant Grant Lifecycle Manager system. No paper, pdf or emailed applications will be accepted.

Grant Opportunity

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo seeks proposals from qualified non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations that provide services for the benefit of the medical needs of Wyoming County residents. Please download and review the 2018-2020 William F. Thiel Trust Grant Funding Priorities prior to starting your application.

Priorities include:

  • Infrastructure
    • Equipment
    • Personnel
    • Public health
  • Health services
  • Access and navigation
    • Chronic disease
    • Dental health
    • Emergency assistance
    • Mental health/substance use disorder
    • Reproductive health
    • Transportation


  • Application available online: November 15, 2019
  • Application deadline: December 16, 2019 at 4 p.m.
  • Funding decisions announced: Mid-February 2020


If you have questions, contact Darren Penoyer by email at darrenp@cfgb.org or by phone at (716) 852-2857, ext. 206.

For additional assistance, please call the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo by phone at (716) 852-2857, ext. 206.

Additional Information

Please click here to download the 2019 Thiel Grant General Information and Schedule.

Please click here to download the 2018-2022 William F. Thiel Trust Grant Funding Priorities.

Please click here to view the Wyoming County Trends and Impacts Report.

Past Cycle's Grant Recipients

2018 William F. Thiel Grant Awards
5 grant awards totaling $301,531.36

Gateway Home-Comfort Care – Purchase Medical Equipment – $17,123.00

Geneseo Migrant Center – Increasing Health Care Access – $45,000.00

Western New York Rural Area Health Education Center – Health Professional Student Housing and Thiel Hospitality House Renovations –  $92,730.00

Wyoming Community Hospital Foundation – Operating room multi-use surgical table and training and GE Healthcare Panda warmer and set up/training – $101,678.36

Wyoming County Community Action – Angel Action Community Care – $45,000.00