Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara, the Niagara County Chapter of NYSARC, Inc. is excited to announce they have been awarded $449,275 in funding from the Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program (NICIP) which is administered through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY). Grants totaling approximately $100 million were awarded to 237 nonprofit applicants from across the state.
The project, Safely Sheltering in Place Vulnerable Citizens, will provide for the purchase and installation of generators. This will allow the agency to shelter in place the individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities supported by Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara at two program buildings and eighteen residential sites and ensure the continuation of essential equipment and therapies during power outages. In addition, it will allow for the preservation of the communications systems allowing for uninterrupted access.
Mari Howard, Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara Executive Director said, “As financial resources for our field are by far one of the biggest challenges we currently face, we are relying more and more on grant opportunities to help bridge the gap in funding. We are extremely grateful to receive an NICIP grant to assist us in our mission of providing the best possible supports to individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.”
Award recipients were selected through a competitive RFP process and applications were evaluated based on the scope of the proposed project; the number of people who will benefit; how critical the project is for assisting the nonprofit serve its target population; as well as other factors.