The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation’s Board of Directors has approved $49,028 in grants to 12 different non-profit organizations through its fall 2016 Community Grants Program.  The Community Grants Program is a biannual program that awards grants to nonprofit organizations seeking funds to improve the northern Chautauqua County community. 

A volunteer committee of community representatives thoroughly reviews each application submitted to the program.  In most cases, a committee member performs a site visit as well. The committee then prepares recommendations for the NCCF Board of Directors.  Current Grants Committee members include Helen Baran, Jody Briggs, Jill Casey, Mac Crowe, Marcey Denardo, Ann Eckman, Virginia Harper, James Holton, JoAnn Kaufman, Alex Moss, Alberto Rey, Peter Ryan, Rich Ryan and Kurt Warmbrodt. Peter Ryan serves as chairman of the committee, and Kathy Kaus is the NCCF President.

 Approved grants include:

  • Literacy Volunteers, Translation Program
  • 1891 Fredonia Opera House, Frontczak Presentation & Frankenstein Screening
  • Chautauqua County Fair, Blue Ribbon Fair Management Software Project
  • Patterson Library, Health and Wellness Workshops
  • Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Association, Cherry Creek Sheriff’s Building
  • St. Columban’s on the Lake, Multimedia Room
  • Chautauqua Striders, Girls in STEAM Program & Library Tutoring
  • Food Bank of Western NY, Partners Fighting Hunger Campaign & New Delivery TruckMaintenance Equipment
  • Girl Scouts of WNY, Art in the Outdoors Program
  • Sinclairville Free Library, Local History Reading Room
  • Brooks Memorial Hospital, Sports Medicine Program
  • Ahira Hall Memorial Library, Flex Space Furniture

The Community Grants Program awards grants twice a year.  The next deadline to submit a letter of interest is March 1, 2017.  For more information on making a gift to one of NCCF’s community funds or to obtain more information on NCCF’s Grant Programs, visit the NCCF’s Web site,, or contact the NCCF office at 716-366-4892. 

The NCCF, celebrating 30 years of charitable leadership, is committed to improving the community through the promotion of local philanthropy, strategic grantmaking, and community leadership.  Served by a small staff and governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, the organization has distributed over $12.2 million in the form of grants and scholarships within the community.  Truly community in nature, the NCCF is an organization created by and for the people of northern Chautauqua County.  For more information, visit