This fund was established in 2006 under the leadership of Mayor Ted Salci and Alderman Jim Diodati through the proceeds from the annual Sleep Cheap - Charities Reap event. And when Jim became Mayor he continued as the champion of this event. Each year hotels in Niagara Falls offer a block of rooms for four nights during their shoulder season at highly subsidized rates. All the proceeds are donated to charity and a team of hotel owners review the requests made directly to the city and determine the recipients. The Foundation's share is used in two ways - to build the Niagara Falls Fund and also to support our granting program for projects benefitting the city.
Sleep Cheap celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. thanks to TVCOGECO for producing this short video clip: Sleep Cheap
Click here for further information on the City of Niagara Falls Sleep Cheap Charities Reap program, funding request application, and notices.
Charities serving Niagara Falls that have received support from the Niagara Fund or the Niagara Falls Fund include: Boys and Girls Club of Niagara, City of Niagara Falls - Heritage Week Committee, Epilepsy Niagara, Hannah House Maternity Home, Heart Niagara, Heartland Forest Nature Experience, Hope Furniture Bank, Lighthouse Niagara Resource Centre, Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe Native Arts, Niagara Falls Art Gallery, Niagara Falls Big Brothers Big Sisters Association, Norval Johnson Heritage Centre, Peterson Community Workshop, Project S.H.A.R.E., St. John Ambulance Niagara Falls Branch, Women's Place - Nova House, YMCA of Niagara and YWCA Niagara Region.