• How We Give

    An Overview of First Niagara Grants and Sponsorships

  • First Niagara offers two types of community giving: direct grants to nonprofit organizations with qualifying programs and sponsorships for events that support eligible causes and community awareness.

    Regional Community Grants

    Regional Community Grants support programs of 501(c)(3) charitable organizations that promote vital community services and programs within our areas of focus. All grants are paid through First Niagara Foundation.

    Eligibility

    The applicant organization:

    • Must be a charitable, nonprofit organization as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code;
    • Cannot have received funding from First Niagara within the past 12 months;
    • Must qualify based on the criteria outlined under our giving guidelines.
    • Must have a program/project that starts or can be funded at least 90 days after application submission.

    Submission Deadlines

    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed monthly by Regional Philanthropic Committees. In most cases you will be notified of the committee’s decision within 90 days of your confirmed application submission.


    Regional Community Sponsorships

    Regional Community Sponsorships support events (luncheons, dinners, galas, walks, rides, etc.) and other special fundraising and awareness-building event-related activities.

    Eligibility

    The applicant organization:

    • Cannot have received funding from First Niagara within the past 12 months;
    • Must qualify based on the criteria outlined under our giving guidelines.
    • The event must take place at least 90 days after application submission.

    Submission Deadlines

    Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed monthly by Regional Philanthropic Committees. In most cases you will be notified of the committee’s decision within 90 days of your confirmed application submission.

     

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