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Please take a minute to review our grant categories, areas of focus and eligibility requirements (see below) if you have not already done so. The application will ask you to specify which type of support you are requesting for a grant or sponsorship.
All organizations seeking charitable grants must complete our online application.
First Niagara generally will not contribute to or sponsor the following:
Additionally, the following restrictions apply to applicant organizations:
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At First Niagara, we believe that decisions are most effectively made at the local level. Therefore, each of our regions has a Philanthropic Committee that meets regularly to review grant and sponsorship applications. Funding decisions are based upon this Committee’s recommendations. Requests must meet our eligibility criteria, be submitted via our online application system, and fall within our areas of focus to receive consideration.
Decisions will be communicated to applicants within 30 days of the Committee’s final funding determinations, approvals and sign-off.
First Niagara recognizes that there are many organizations doing great work in our communities. However, the requests we receive greatly exceed our annual charitable giving budget. We regret that we are unable to fund or support every application request and often must decline support to worthy organizations and programs. Such a response does not reflect in any way a negative appraisal of the applicant organization or the value of its services.
In 1977 Congress enacted the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) to assure that financial institutions are responsive to the needs of all the people within the communities they serve – specifically those with low- to moderate-income levels. First Niagara is committed to supporting CRA-eligible programs and initiatives to ensure significant resources reach and directly impact low- to moderate-income individuals in our communities.
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