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  • First Niagara In Your Community

    We live here. We work here. We make a difference here

  • First Niagara is committed to the local communities where we live and work.  Our shared passion and unparalleled teamwork set us apart in making a difference in our communities. 

    To ensure that the unique needs of our communities are being met through charitable donations, decisions are made regionally. Each First Niagara regional committee meets regularly and carefully reviews each request. 

    Through two charitable giving opportunities, Regional Community Grants and Regional Community Sponsorships, First Niagara invests in the essential work advanced by exceptional nonprofit organizations throughout the Banks’ footprint. Our focus areas include: Youth and Education, Community Development and Neighborhood Revitalization, and Enhancing the Quality of Life in Our Communities.


    Regional Community Grants support programs of nonprofit organizations, which include program support and special projects. To apply for a Regional Charitable Grant, the applicant organization must be a charitable, nonprofit organization as defined by section 501(c)3 of the IRS tax code. 

    Apply for a Regional Community Grant 

     Regional Community Sponsorships offer a separate and distinct category of funding to nonprofit and other organizations to support a variety of fundraising events including walks, runs, rides, galas, dinners, luncheons, and other signature events to raise funds and community awareness.

    Apply for a Regional Community Sponsorship

     Complete a saved application

     Guidelines and Restrictions

      First Niagara generally will not contribute to or sponsor the following:

     Organizations with limited availability to the general public
    • Individuals or programs that benefit specific individuals 
    • Political organizations, candidates or lobbying efforts 
    • National or international organizations, unless their programs have significant local impact 
    • Organizations that discriminate based on: age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, receipt of public assistance, sexual orientation, or military status. 
    • An organization can receive funding only once per year from First Niagara. 
    • Organizations must serve communities within the First Niagara footprint.
    • An application must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the program or event start date.
    • Requests for funding up to $500 should be made through your local First Niagara branch.
    • All applications must be submitted electronically.


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