Our grants programs are the most direct way that the NCCF works to improve the community. Through the programs listed below, funds are distributed throughout the year, addressing a variety of issues.  If you have questions regarding any of our grants programs, please contact Eileen Dunn, Program Coordinator at edunn@nccfoundation.org or 716-366-4892.

COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM

This biannual program addresses the most pressing and immediate needs within northern Chautauqua County.  These grants are made possible through the generosity of those who have established or who have contributed to an unrestricted fund.  Letters of Interest Deadlines: March 1 & September 1 of each year (Letters of Interest must be received at the NCCF office by 4:00 p.m.) 

COMMUNITY GRANTS PROGRAM GUIDELINES

2017 Community Grants Program Timetable

NORTHERN CHAUTAUQUA ENVIRONMENTAL FUND PROGRAM

The Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund supports programs that promote local environmental education, particularly as it relates to Lake Erie and its watershed.  Applications are carefully reviewed by a volunteer committee of community members in January of each year.  Application Deadline:  January 10 (Applications must be received at the NCCF office by 4:00 p.m.)  Click to view Environmental Fund Project Grants Guidelines and Application.

COMMUNITY PRIDE PROGRAM

We have the pleasure of living in a community with a tradition of service and an overwhelming sense of community.  The Community Pride Program was created in 1997 to support clean, attractive neighborhoods, well-maintained parks, signage, and other projects that promote pride in northern Chautauqua County.  All grant awards require a match of either volunteer hours, donated supplies or in another way.  The Community Pride Program awards grants biennially.    Next Deadline:  March 1, 2017  (Letter of application must be received at the NCCF office by 4:00 p.m.)  
Click to view the Community Pride Program information sheet.

DFT COMMUNICATIONS/MAYTUM FAMILY COMMUNITY BETTERMENT FUND

DFT Communications has earned a reputation as a strong supporter of the community they serve.  In 2001, the Foundation began administering their "DFT Communications Community Betterment Fund."  Grants are awarded from this fund on a monthly basis.  To learn more about DFT and the services they offer, visit their website at www.dftcommunications.com.  Application Deadlines: June 1 and December 1. Download DFT Communications Community Betterment Fund Guidelines and Application.    

LAKE SHORE SAVINGS' COMMUNITY REINVESTMENT FUND

Lake Shore Savings is known throughout the region for its commitment to the community.  The NCCF is proud to work with Lake Shore Savings on their community grant-making program.  For more information, visit its website.  

Our Community Donor Advised Funds

Ripley Community & Heritage Fund

Silver Creek Irving Heritage Fund

The Westfield Fund