Who We Are
The Gannett Foundation serves those communities in which Gannett Co., Inc., has a local daily newspaper, broadcast station or cable TV operation. The program makes contributions to qualified nonprofit organizations to improve the education, health and advancement of the people who live in Gannett communities. The contributions are our way of helping to improve the quality of life and addressing the most pressing community issues. We value projects which take a creative approach to such fundamental issues as education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.
How to Apply
If your organization is located in a community in which Gannett does business, and your program serves primarily the local population, you may apply to the local chief executive officer -- the newspaper publisher, broadcast station manager, or cable TV executive. WGRZ accepts Gannett Foundation grant applications 2 times a year. Deadlines are posted on this page.
These general guidelines are designed to assist more than 100 Gannett-served communities. WGRZ will be giving priority to programs that address the needs of the various cultural entities in the WNY area. If you are unsure about your organization's eligibility, please contact Colleen Nossavage, 716-849-7665. Please do NOT send proposals directly to the Foundation offices in Arlington, Virginia, unless they address local needs in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area..
Your proposal of no more than five pages should be sent to Jim Toellner, President and General Manager, WGRZ-TV, 259 Delaware, Buffalo, NY 14202 and must contain the following information:
Application Form (available from the Gannett Foundation website)
letter of determination of 501(c)(3) tax exemption (mandatory
of the project to be funded
your organization's qualifications to carry out the project
the project is new or ongoing
to be served
and volunteer involvement
the project will be evaluated
for continued funding of the project, if applicable;
project budget, and an organizational budget
of other funding sources, committed and applied for
pertinent publications may be included.
- If you have not been determined a tax-exempt organization under IRS Section 501(c)(3), please include a copy of your application for exempt status (IRS Form 1023).
WGRZ Gannett Foundation 2013 Deadlines-
- Round 1 Application Deadline, February 15th, 2013
- Round 2 Application Deadline, August 15th. 2013
Generally, applicants should plan on 60 to 90 days for processing and a decision. Local CEOs will notify applicants of decisions and send contributions.
We Do Not Fund
Like many donors, we receive many more requests than we can fund. As a result, contributions will not be considered for the following purposes:
organizations not determined by the IRS to be tax-exempt under
national or regional organizations unless their programs address
specific local community needs
programs or initiatives where the primary purpose is the promotion
of religious doctrine or tenets
elementary or secondary schools (except to provide special
initiatives or programs not provided by regular school budgets)
political action or legislative advocacy groups or voter registration
multiple-year pledge campaigns
medical or other research organizations
organizations located in or benefiting nations other than
the U.S. and the territory of Guam
fraternal groups, athletic teams, bands, veterans' organizations,
volunteer firefighters or similar groups.