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Community Grants Program

Grants to New York Nonprofits to Benefit
Residents in Northern Chautauqua County

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Foundation / Corporation

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Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF)

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations to address the critical needs of residents in Northern Chautauqua County. A Letter of Interest must be submitted by prospective applicants. Funding areas include, but are not limited to, the environment, arts and culture, neighborhood revitalization, and health and human services.

Grant proposals must efficiently and effectively address identified community needs or encourage new opportunities.

In determining the merits and priority of an application, the Foundation will give particular consideration to:

- The degree of how the proposed project will potentially benefit the community.
- The capability of the organization and its personnel to achieve the desired results.
- Projects that include meaningful collaborations.
- Projects that can leverage additional funds, community resources, or both.

The Foundation seeks to make strategic investments in the community and looks to partner with nonprofit organizations to help create enduring solutions to complex problems and to capitalize on promising opportunities. The Foundation seeks proposals that encompass both passion and measured thought in order to effect change, toward the goal of creating a healthy and prosperous community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169335

Estimated Size of Grant:

While previous grants have ranged from $500-$15,000, historically the competitive grants have averaged $1,500 to $3,000.

Term of Contract:

On a limited basis, the Foundation will consider grant support for two (2) years. In such instances, second-year funding will be contingent upon successful program outcomes from the previous year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant (or an applicant’s fiscal sponsor) must be a 501(c)3 organization or an appropriate not-for-profit. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Areas generally not funded include:

- Overhead and administrative expenses
- Annual fundraising campaigns
- Salaries or stipends not directly related to the specific proposal

The Foundation will only consider grants to religious organizations if the project is open to and benefits the community at large, and does not proselytize.

Pre-Application Information:

Fall 2018 Grants Program Timetable:

September 1, 2018 Letter of Interest Deadline
September 6, 2018 - The Grants Committee invites selected organizations to submit full proposals. (This is in no way a guarantee that a grant will be awarded.)
September 19, 2018 - Full Grant Proposals Due
October 23, 2018 - NCCF Board of Directors Votes
Early November 2018 - Organizations Notified of Application Status

A Letter of Interest must be submitted by email by September 1, 2018, 4:00 p.m., to the attention of Eileen Ardillo.
Programs that are approved by the Grants Committee will then be asked to submit a full application.

After submitting the Letter of Interest, the applicant will receive an email confirming receipt of the application. If no confirmation is received, or for any other questions about the grant program, the applicant is requested to contact Eileen Ardillo.

At any given time, an organization can have only one grant open and can receive only one competitive grant per year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To begin the online application process:

For questions, and for submission of the Letter of Interest:

Eileen Ardillo, Program Coordinator

Northern Chautauqua Community foundation
212 Lake Shore Drive West
Dunkirk, NY 14048
Phone: 716-366-4892
Fax: 716-366-3905

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: Northern Chautauqua County