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VCA Receives Nearly $1.5 Million in Grant Awards
VCA Receives Nearly $1.5 Million in Grant Awards

The Valley Community Association (VCA) has announced the receipt of roughly $1.5 million in local foundation, non-profit, and state government grants to support ongoing senior and youth services, waterfront revitalization, and “Striving for Excellence” Program initiatives.

These awards include a $5,000 allotment from the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation, a $5,000 contribution from the Buffalo Bills Foundation, a $10,000 award from CSX, a $22,000 commitment from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, a $160,000 (for two years) provision from the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, a $250,000 grant secured by NYS Senator Tim Kennedy, and a $300,000 (for three years) allocation from the NYS Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.

“The VCA is extremely thankful for the new and continued financial support we have received from the Harbor Corporation, the Buffalo Bills, the Community Foundation, Senator Kennedy, and especially the United Way and Department of Education,” said VCA Executive Director Margaret “Peg” Overdorf. “These monies will go directly toward enlivening the City of Buffalo’s redeveloped waterfront and funding some of the Association’s most important services and offerings, including our ‘Striving for Excellence’ Programs.”

The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation grant issuance was based upon a recommendation from the Arts Services Initiative and will help sponsor tours, music, and wellness activities along the Buffalo River.

The Buffalo Bills Foundation award will support the VCA’s “Striving for Excellence” “Kids on the Move” physical education program.

Grant funds from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo will be utilized for the “Striving for Excellence” art program.

A two-year provision from the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County will also underwrite “Striving for Excellence” Programs, as well as senior citizen activities, family support services, Valley Child Care, and the “First In The Family” initiative. The VCA’s competitive 2013-2015 funding cycle award was actually a substantial ($10,000) increase from the previous round of United Way grants.

Monies secured by NYS Senator Kennedy will be used to help fund the new public waterfront lodge at Buffalo River Fest Park.

The multi-year allocation from the New York State Department of Education will assist various “Striving for Excellence” youth programs. Of the 458 Department of Education award statewide applicants, only 125 candidates were selected.

For more information on the VCA, please visit www.thevalleycenter.com.

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