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2015 Outer Harbor Assisted Programming Grants

At this point there is no way of telling exactly what the future of the Outer Harbor beholds. At the same time, there is an effort underway that would at least create some programming initiatives, in order to further activate the various sites along the Outer Harbor, including Buffalo Lighthouse, Times Beach Nature Preserve, Wilkeson Pointe, Funtime After Dark Event Grounds, Greenbelt Pathway, Bell Slip and Tifft Nature Preserve.

At this time, Arts Services Initiative, at the behest of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC), is making $37,500 available for interested non-profit parties looking to developing programming. Individual grants as high as $5000 are anticipated to be disseminated for the 2015 summer season.

The grants require that:

  • A match (cash or in-kind) of 50 percent or more is required
  • Applications for amounts greater than $3,500 are only available for multi-program series or large scale events

The Season: The 2015 Outer Harbor Programming Season runs from May 23 to September 7.

Below are additional requirements that must be adhered to in order to apply for the grants:

Eligibility: Grants are available for qualified non-profit organizations and similarly qualified groups or individuals with specific expertise in events and programming.

Types of programming can include: Recreational activities, Educational programming, Waterside opportunities, Arts and cultural programs

The RFP and application are available now. Click here for the materials.

Application Deadline – May 4, 2015 at 12PM

Respondents are required to submit one copy of the proposal in PDF form electronically as an attachment to an email sent to prior to 12 pm noon EST on May 4, 2015.

Additionally, one printed copy of the application containing an original signature of the applicant must be postmarked by May 4, 2015 and sent to:

Arts Services Initiative of Western New York
95 Perry Street, Suite 402
Buffalo, New York 14203

Proposals received electronically after 12 pm noon EST on May 4 will be automatically rejected without exception and without review.

Questions regarding the RFP and application can be directed to or by calling (716) 362.8389 x510.

Photo: ECHDC


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