May 28, 2020

Golisano Foundation Awards $265,500 in Second Round of COVID-19 Response Grants

COVID-19 Response Grants

The Golisano Foundation announced today that it has awarded $265,500 to ten organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida in its second round of COVID-19 Response Grants.

This brings the Foundation’s total COVID-19 Response Grant funding to date to $691,800.

Grants announced today totaling $260,000 will help the following organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with urgent needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic:

  • Alzheimer’s Association of the Finger Lakes – $20,000
  • Alzheimer’s Association of WNY – $20,000
  • Arc of Livingston Wyoming – $65,000
  • Camp Abilities – $5,000
  • Catholic Charities Community Services – $50,000
  • CDS Monarch – $35,000
  • School of the Holy Childhood – $50,000
  • Special Touch Bakery – $15,000

Grants totaling $5,500 from the Foundation’s Bailey and Friends Fund will go to the following organizations dedicated to animal welfare that are experiencing unexpected costs due to the COVID-19 outbreak:                             

  • Humane Society Naples, Florida – $2,000
  • SPCA in Cattaraugus County – $3,500

Ann Costello, Executive Director said, “While the requests in this second round were similar to those previously received, we heard from more agencies in rural areas needing to purchase and upgrade technology for staff and clients. We’re also seeing the need to implement more telemedicine and tele-therapy capabilities. We expect this trend and service delivery model will increase now that we are seeing the benefits, are more comfortable with usage, and reimbursement issues are being worked out.”

About COVID-19 Response Grants

Now through the end of October 2020, the Foundation is redirecting approximately $2 million in grant funding to assist organizations in Western New York and Southwest Florida due to the coronavirus crisis.

Grants may help cover items such as short-term operating expenses for essential programs, safety net and specialty services; the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies/equipment; new technology and technical assistance for virtual commuting and telemedicine; cleaning supplies for health and hygiene; efforts to ensure safe distancing in group homes and facilities among others.

The grant application process was announced and opened on April 24. The first round of grants to 14 organizations totaling $426,300 was announced May 14.


The next round of grant decisions will be made by June 17, 2020.

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