Ripley Community & Heritage Fund Accepting Grant Applications

The Ripley Community & Heritage Fund (RCHF) is accepting grant applications from charitable, not-for-profit organizations that serve the Ripley community. 

Formed in 2000,  the RCHF’s missions to enrich the lives of Ripley residents.  To help the community, the RCHF administers a grant program specifically for volunteer organizations providing valuable services within the Ripley community. Over 140 community businesses, citizens and organizations joined to create the Ripley Community & Heritage Fund endowment held at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF).  To date, the RCHF has distributed over $39,168 to Ripley organizations. Committee members are Chair Lew Barnes, Vice Chair Richard Wade, Secretary Mary Beth Chess, Dave Bower, Richard Eimers, Terry Eggleston and Pete Ryan.

Grant applications and guidelines are available by contacting one of the following RCHF board members:  Lew Barnes 736-6931, Richard Wade 736-2424, or Mary Beth Chess 736-6049. Applications are also available at various locations throughout Ripley including Meeder’s Restaurant and the Ripley Library. You may also visit NCCF’s website to download an application.  Forward completed applications by January 15, 2017, to the RCHF, c/o Lew Barnes, 9764 East Lake Road, Ripley, NY 14775.

The RCHF is a community donor advised fund of the NCCF. 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