NCCF Awards 17 Fall Community Grants

The Board of Directors at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation recently awarded $93,311 in grants to 17 local charitable organizations. The Community Grants Program (CGP) is a biannual program that awards grants to local nonprofits seeking funding for projects that address northern Chautauqua’s current needs and opportunities.

“This round of grants clearly shows that the CGP supports a wide range of projects that promote education, technology, health care, social services, the environment, local history, the arts, and more,” said Diane Hannum, NCCF Executive Director. “By partnering with local agencies and with the support of our many donors, the NCCF is helping to build and maintain a strong and vibrant northern Chautauqua community.”

This fall, the NCCF awarded the following grants:

·   Chautauqua County Agricultural & Fair Association, Dairy Barn Painting Project

·   Sheridan Historical Society, Roof-Painting Campaign

·   Fredonia Fire Department, Community CPR/AED Training Program

·   Chautauqua Works, Healthcare Talent Pipeline Internship Project

·   1891 Fredonia Opera House, Marketing/Capacity Building Project

·   Northlake Family Recreation Center, Parking Lot Resurfacing Project

·   Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, Post-Adoption Program Support

·   Citizens for a Better Cassadaga, Basketball Court GatesMaintenance Equipment

·   Fredonia Technology Incubator, Multimedia Innovation Design Studio Project

·   Salvation Army, Front Entrance Renovation and Lighting Upgrades

·   YWCA of Jamestown, Supervised Visitation Program in North & South County

·   BOCES Educational Foundation, Academy at Maple Avenue Greenhouse Project

·   Children’s Safety Education Village, MacBook Pro Laptop

·   Centaur Stride, Nature Trail Expansion Project

·   Village of Silver Creek, Historic Village Fountain Repairs

·   Lakeshore Humane Society, Feral Cat Spay & Neuter Project

·   Chautauqua County Rural Ministry, Internet-Phone System Installation and Program Support

 A volunteer committee of community representatives thoroughly reviews each application submitted to the program.  In most cases, committee members conduct site visits.  The committee then prepares recommendations for the NCCF Board of Directors.  Current Grants Committee members include Helen Baran, Jody Briggs, Jill Casey, Mac Crowe, Ann Eckman, Margaret Ferris, Virginia Harper, JoAnn Kaufman, Alex Moss, Gina Paradis, Peter Ryan, Rich Ryan, and Kurt Warmbrodt. Peter Ryan serves as chair of the committee, and Gina Paradis is the Board president.

The Community Grants Program awards grants twice a year. Letters of Interest for the next round of funding are due March 1, 2019. Visit the NCCF website for additional information or contact Eileen Ardillo, Program Coordinator at 716-366-4892 or

To make a gift to one of NCCF’s community benefit funds visit the NCCF’s website or contact the NCCF office at 716-366-4892. 

The NCCF, incorporated in 1986, is a tax-exempt charitable organization.  Since its establishment, the NCCF has distributed more than $14 million in the community through its various grant programs.  It is an organization inherently committed to enriching the northern Chautauqua community and encouraging local philanthropy.  For more information on the NCCF, visit or call 716-366-4892.