The NCCF provides grants and support to a wide variety of charitable organizations. We are structured to support the most pressing needs in the community today and, as these needs change, so will our funding focus. In addition, we identify current and emerging issues, stimulate resources to address those needs and help our community prepare for the future.
212 Lake Shore Drive West
Dunkirk, NY 14048
Phone 716 366-4892
Fax 716 366-3905
The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is a nonprofit community organization established in 1986 for the betterment of all community residents. To us, northern Chautauqua is more than a geographic region – it’s the place we call home. Because of that, we have worked hard to build a strong understanding of how it can be improved. Over the years, the NCCF has helped to create and fund many projects that enhance the lives of those who live here. Our interest areas span from arts and culture to the environment, to health and human services, to neighborhood revitalization, and beyond.
We seek to make strategic investments in the community and look to partner with nonprofit organizations to help create enduring solutions to often complex problems and capitalize on promising opportunities. Effecting change requires both passion and measured thought, and we work hard to find proposals that encompass both.
Our grant programs are the most direct way that NCCF works to improve the community. Details for each program can be found by selecting the appropriate link.
- Community Grants Program
Letters of Interest must be received before 4:00 p.m. on March 1st (for the spring round of funding) or September 1st (for the fall round) of each year. Letters of Interest CAN NOT be submitted through chautauquagrants.org. Please submit your letter to email@example.com.
You must submit a Letter of Interest to be considered for an award from the Community Grants Program.
- Environmental Grants Program
Applications must be received by January 10th of each year.
- Service Learning Mini-Grants Program
Applications must be received by March 31st of each year.
- Community Pride Program
Letters of Interest should be submitted by 4:00 p.m. on March 1, 2019 to the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation office.
Your Letter of Interest for the Community Grants Program must include:
- A brief project description including how the proposed project furthers your agency’s mission.
- The anticipated and measurable impacts of the project, including the number of people who might benefit, the specific benefits to the community-at-large, or both.
- The total project cost and the specific amount requested from the NCCF.
- The signature of the Executive Director or President and the name with contact information for the primary person responsible for the proposal.
- We request that letters be no longer than two pages in length.
Please note: After submitting your “Letter of Interest” you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please notify Eileen at 366-4892 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After the Grants Committee reviews all Letters of Interest, a select number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. (Although a particular project may fall within the established priorities and guidelines that in no way guarantees that the applicant will be invited to submit a full proposal.)
(Please refer to the NCCF website for complete program timetables and guidelines for each individual grant program.)
Range of Grant Awards:
- Community Grants Program: $500 – $10,000
- Environmental Grants Program: $100 – $1,000
- Service Learning Mini-Grants Program: $100 – $500
- Community Pride Program: $100 – $1,500
Total Grants 2016: $683,276 (including scholarship awards)
- Community Grants Program: Upon invitation to submit a full proposal, Click here to apply.
- Environmental Grants Program: Click here to apply.
- Service Learning Mini-Grants Program: Visit NCCF website for information and application.
- Community Pride Program: Visit NCCF website for information.
Geographic Area: Northern Chautauqua County
Eligibility: In most instances, the applicant must be a 501 (c)(3) organization. Please refer to each program’s guidelines for details. Individuals are not eligible to apply.
The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation does not knowingly award funding or otherwise support organizations that discriminate in their hiring, in their provision of services or their selection of volunteers or vendors. No person shall, on the basis of race, color, religion or creed, gender, gender expression, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, political affiliation, veteran status, pregnancy, military obligations, marital status, or sexual orientation be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity financial supported by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.
Eileen Ardillo, Program Coordinator, welcomes your questions. You may reach her at 716-366-4892 or email@example.com.