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Community Fund

Grants to New York and Pennsylvania Nonprofits,
Agencies, and Schools for Arts, Education, and Health

GrantWatch ID#: 175288
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation (CRCF)


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Grants ranging from $100 to $2,000 to New York and Pennsylvania nonprofit organizations, government agencies, universities, and school districts to meet local community needs within the Cattaraugus County area. The Foundation will also support programs serving nearby communities in Allegany County, New York and McKean County, Pennsylvania.

Grants from the Foundation support many areas including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service and youth development.

Proposals will be evaluated on organization strength, community need or opportunity, feasibility and impact, project budget and the role of the grant.

Grants awards from the Community Fund are generally in the range of $100 to $2,000.

CRCF will make grants to charitable organizations that are tax-exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3), governmental units, school districts and universities. Grants to religious institutions may be considered, however, the program must serve a community need (e.g. food program for the needy).

CRCF generally does not provide grants to or for:
-Individuals (except for scholarships awarded to the student’s account at a college or post-secondary institution). However, the Foundation will consider grants for individuals who are part of a certain charitable class for a particular purpose such as disaster relief, homeless, etc.
-For-profit organizations
-Sectarian religious activities
-Political purposes
-Program ads
-Fundraising events or sponsorships
-Organizations that discriminate on the basis of gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin or physical ability

Generally grants are not intended to fund ongoing annual needs.

Application Procedure:

Grant applications for the Community Fund are accepted in two funding cycles, the May 1 deadline for consideration at the May board meeting and the November 1 deadline for consideration at the November board meeting.

Completed applications with supporting documents can be emailed to, faxed to 716-372-7912 or mailed to the Foundation office. Electronic submissions are preferred.

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

Karen Niemic Buchheit, Executive Director

Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation
301 North Union Street, Suite 203
Olean, NY 14760

P: (716) 301-2723
F: 716-372-7912

New York: Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties; Pennsylvania: McKean County

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