Nineteen area non-profit organizations have been awarded grants from Oath’s community benefit funds for Lockport and Niagara County.
The recipients, announced Tuesday, are getting shares of a $500,000 annual allotment from the funds. Oath previously committed to giving $500,000 a year to community organizations in Lockport and Niagara County through the year 2021.
“This community has given so much to us as a company, and we are honored to be contributing to the development of this great town,” said Greg Sly, vice president of infrastructure and services operations. “Oath is driven by its core values and one of those is to ‘create what’s next.’ That’s why we’ve committed to deepening our partnership with Western New York by investing $3.5 million over seven years to other values-led organizations like those recognized today who are creating ‘what’s next’ in the community.”
The listing of 2018 recipients of community benefit grants follows.
¢The Kenan Center, $50,000 to update the lighting system in Taylor Theater.
¢YWCA of the Niagara Frontier, $30,000 to invest in a Community Event Center.
¢Orleans Niagara BOCES, $24,474 to buy equipment for its Lockport Workforce Training Center.
¢Lockport Main Street Inc., $23,000 to support its programming.
¢Lockport Public Arts Council, $20,000 for artistic lighting for various Lockport buildings.
¢Niagara County Historical Society, $17,000 in matching funds to create the Niagara County History Orientation Center.
¢EPIC, $14,710 to conduct a literacy and family bonding program.
¢Lockport Rotary Club / Rotary Foundation, $12,500 to rebuild or replicate the post clock at the corner of Main and Pine streets.
¢Eastern Niagara Hospital, $11,443.45 to establish seven interactive collaborative education centers at ENH sites.
¢Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County, Inc., $9,987 for phase three of its facility update project.
¢Friends of the Lockport Public Library, $7,934 to update the public computer area and $7,760 to help low-income families learn about tax credits and receive counseling to reduce debt and restore credit.
¢St. John the Baptist Parish, $6,191.55 to purchase beds.
¢Green Options Buffalo, $82,615 for the development of a bicycle master plan and implementation strategy for the city of Niagara Falls.
¢Lumber City Development Corporation, $50,000 for its Oliver Street Enhancement Program. Improvements to Oliver Street-facing facades will include new signage, awnings, windows and paintings, public art and a window display program to enhance underutilized store fronts.
¢NCCC Foundation Inc., $41,500 for its Open Airways Initiative, which includes installation of air curtains to the exterior of Savor, Niagara Falls Culinary Institute’s fine dining restaurant.
¢Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, $38,012 for a Learning Farm and Agricultural Incubator.
¢Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, $30,798 for its Wise Young Builders program, which helps underserved youths learn practical skills through hands-on workshops.
¢Canisius College, $18,500 for its Engaging Niagara program, which assists women who are interested in starting a business.
¢Literacy New York Buffalo-Niagara Inc., $13,575 for its Hire An Adult Learner project.
The Oath community benefit funds were established in 2015, as part of Oath’s $170 million agreement with Empire State Development to develop a data center and establish a customer care center in Niagara County.
Projects chosen for grant funding align with the state’s “strategic” approach to economic development, which encompasses workforce development and smart growth, according to Howard Zemsky, ESD president, CEO and commissioner.
The next round of annual funding will begin in the spring of 2019. Up to $500,000 will be available again through the two funds.