July 30, 2014

National Fuel Gas Company Foundation – Possible Grantmaker for Your Library?

“As an integral part of the communities that we serve, National Fuel recognizes the importance of charitable giving. Since 2005, National Fuel, its employees and Foundation have given more than $7 million to more than 700 charitable organizations throughout the U.S.

In 2004, the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation formed to better establish the Company’s commitment to the community.

In 2005, the Employee Charitable Giving Program formed to better align the Company’s charitable support with the wishes of our employees. This program is similar to a matching gift program. Employees may choose to designate funds towards 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and the Foundation will match those funds up to an annual dollar limit. Since the start of the program, employees and the Foundation have contributed more than $4.6 million.

Our Company, its Foundation and employees are proud of our record of generosity through both charitable contributions and volunteer activities in all of the places where we do business – especially during economically challenging times when a decline in overall giving the U.S. has been reported. We are proud of the fact that our giving continues to increase. In 2011, employees pledges increased 4 percent from the previous year, yielding a total giving increase of 16 percent when including the Foundation’s matches. More than half of the Company’s employees elected to participate in the program, pledging more than half a million dollars.

Outside of the Employee Charitable Giving Program, the Foundation has given more than $1.6 million to local 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations since 2005.

The National Fuel Gas Company Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation funded entirely by the shareholders of National Fuel Gas Company.”

-National Fuel Gas Company Foundation

Potential Grant Funder

The Western New York Foundation


“Grants have been given to a wide range of educational, cultural, social service and other compelling community institutions and initiatives as demonstrated in our Annual Reports.

In addition, the WNY Foundation has, over the years and when circumstance appeared to dictate, attempted to be pro-active and convene fellow foundations in support of compelling community challenges and solutions. As a mid-size foundation, the WNY Foundation generally makes grants in the $5,000 to $30,000 range and where they feel they can make a difference.

The WNY Foundation has an office at 11 Summer Street, Buffalo, New York 14209 and its board meets two times a year to consider grant applicants which meet their guidelines and are located within the seven counties of Western New York.”



Q: Your application states that you consider grants in the seven counties of Western New York. What are the seven counties?
A: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Wyoming”
“Q: When are the applications due?
A: Deadline dates are November 30th and June 30th.

Meeting Dates for the fiscal year where grants are considered:

  • October: submittals must be mailed by June 30
  • March: submittals must be mailed by November 30
  • Our fiscal year runs from April 1 through March 31″


“Are You at Risk for Breast Cancer?”

Breast Cancer Programs, funded by Susan G. Komen, Affiliate of  Western New York

“Are You at Risk for Breast Cancer?”

Date: October 19, 2012
Place: Olean Public Library
Time : 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Speakers: Lesley Hoag, Patricia Stewart

Date: October 22, 2012
Place: King Memorial Library, Machias
Time: 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Speakers: June Brennan, Amy Benjamin

Governor Announces Broadband Grant program

Connect NY-$25 Million High – Speed Internet Access Program

Governor Cuomo announced that today the state will begin accepting applications in the “ConnectNY” program which provides $25 million in grant funding to promote broadband internet access across the state. The grants are made available through the Regional Councils and Empire State Development and will help expand high speed internet access in rural upstate and underserved urban areas ofNew York.

Expanding high-speed internet was identified last year as a priority by the Regional Councils  in order to help local businesses expand their ability to reach customers and encourage broadband providers to improve internet access for local communities.  Broadband internet grants, such asConnectNY, both spur investment by service providers in communities and help boost economic development in each region by expanding the ability of local businesses to reach consumers globally.

Applications will be reviewed and scored on the following metrics.

  • Providing new service to areas with little or no Internet.  Additional weight will be given for plans that provide more internet access to the local public through libraries, parks, and other community areas, help local health centers provide new online access to health records and services, and expand internet service in economically distressed areas.
  • Creating a plan for educating local businesses and residents on how to use the internet.
  • Building off existing internet networks to more efficiently expand high speed Internet service in communities that broadband in only some areas but not throughout the area.
  • Receiving of the endorsement of the local Regional Council.

For more information and to read the full press release visit  http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/08212012REDC.

The application process will be open on August 22 and can be accessed by visiting the NYS Broadband website www.nysbroadband.ny.gov

NYLA Conference Travel Grants for Member Libraries

Please see the following link for details on travel grants for the New York State Library Association Conference!