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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2014 Archives > June 2014 > Mayor Brown Seeks Proposals for City of Buffalo Cultural And Anti-Violence

Mayor Brown Seeks Proposals for City of Buffalo Cultural And Anti-Violence Funding

Contact: Lorey Schultz
(716) 851-5545

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                         
June 12, 2014                               

BUFFALO– Mayor Byron Brown and the Buffalo Common Council are requesting proposals from qualified organizations currently providing interactive cultural and anti-violence programs for City residents in order to allocate grant funding set aside for this purpose in the Fiscal Year 2013-2014 City Budget.

Buffalo is entering a new era of opportunity and by continuing to bolster cultural and anti-violence programming within the city, we will further strengthen our great neighborhoods and artistic assets that make Buffalo a great place to live, work and invest,” said Mayor Brown.

Grant funding will be awarded to those organizations whose applications are deemed most meritorious, with the goal of maximizing positive community impact. Under no circumstances will an organization receive grant funding in an amount greater than $7,500.

“Cultural and anti-violence organizations enrich our entire city by their presence and hard work,” said Council President Darius Pridgen.  “By continuing to further support the promotion and expansion of the city’s dynamic cultural and anti-violence programming, we will allow this good work to continue for the benefit of all city residents.”

“The Council and Mayor Brown continue to stand behind our commitment to cultural and anti-violence funding and initiatives,” said Council Majority Leader Demone Smith.  “Cooperative investments help us further enrich and strengthen our community.”
The Request for Proposals (RFP) is similar to the RFP which was issued last year.  That RFP garnered 51 qualified responses and a total of $200,000 was awarded in grant funding.
Mayor Brown’s request for proposals for cultural and anti-violence funding comes at a time when Buffalo continues to build momentum

  • Within the City there is over $4.4 billion in economic development activity, creating over 10,000 good paying jobs.
    Employers from across the globe are making major investments in Buffalo.
  • Forbes recently announced that Buffalo is the nation’s most affordable city, while two prominent national websites deemed Buffalo the “Best city for College Graduates” and the “Best city for a Staycation”.
  • Buffalo continues to exercise the financial discipline that earned the City its highest credit ratings in history. 
  • Governor Cuomo’s billion dollar-investment - the ‘Buffalo Billion’ - continues to add to the momentum, particularly along the downtown waterfront and Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

The RFP can be found on the City of Buffalo’s website and mailed to organizations providing these programs to City residents.

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated by a panel consisting of designees of the Mayor’s Office, the Common Council and the City Law Department. Criteria to be considered in the evaluation process will include, but not be limited to, the past and projected impact of the organization’s relevant program, its cost effectiveness, and other indications that quantifiable progress will be achieved in furtherance of the program’s Mission Statement.

By submitting an application, an organization asserts that its application has been reviewed in its entirety and deemed to contain nothing but truthful and accurate information. Incomplete submissions and those containing incorrect information are unlikely to be awarded grant funding. It is not the responsibility of the Mayor’s Office, the Common Council or the application review panel to correct or otherwise amend deficient applications.

The application review panel will only accept and evaluate one program proposal per organization. This is a highly competitive process and the City of Buffalo will NOT BE ABLE TO FUND ALL APPLICATIONS.

Application Deadline
A completed application, including all required supporting documentation, must be received in City Hall, Room 201 by 4 pm on Friday, June 27, 2014