NCCF - building for tomorrow, today

NCCF - building for tomorrow, today

The mission of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) is to enrich the area where we live and work. Since its establishment in 1986, the NCCF has been at the forefront of local philanthropy, strategic grantmaking, and community leadership. By providing the means for our neighbors to give back to the community, NCCF is building for tomorrow, today. With over $23.8 million in assets, the NCCF distributes more than $800,000 each year in grants and scholarships, all to better northern Chautauqua County. 

NCCF’s Local Economic Development Initiative Welcomes Nathan Aldrich

NCCF’s Local Economic Development Initiative Welcomes Nathan Aldrich

The Local Economic Development (LED) Initiative of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is pleased to welcome Nathan Aldrich as Community Economic Development Specialist (CEDS).

This independent contract position was created to help connect the economic development community, provide grant technical assistance and alignment of resources for all the municipalities in the northern Chautauqua County region, and to assist the LED in implementing its strategic plan. The work of the CEDS is supported by a local businessman and an Empire State Development Strategic Planning and Feasibility Studies Grant. The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is also providing a multi-year grant for the position.

NCCF Accepting Applications to Environmental Grants Program

NCCF Accepting Applications to Environmental Grants Program

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) is accepting grant applications to the Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund. Applications must be received by January 10, 2017, at 4:00 p.m. 

The fund was established in 1999 to increase the community’s knowledge of local environmental issues, particularly those related to Lake Erie and its watershed.

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.

NCCF Invites Public to Community Foundation Week Celebration

During the week of November 12-18, 2016, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) celebrates Community Foundation Week along with over 780 community foundations in the United States. Community foundations take advantage of this yearly celebration to raise awareness about the importance of fostering local collaboration in communities and innovation to address local civic and economic opportunities and challenges. As NCCF celebrates 30 years of community enrichment, staff and volunteers strive to meet the ever-changing needs of northern Chautauqua County.


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. 

Grants Combine Classroom Learning and Community Service

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) announces 15 Service Learning Mini-Grant awards that include artistic, physical fitness, environmental and community-inspired projects.

 Sixth-grade students at Fredonia Central School will be a part of the Custom Pens for Active US Military Project.  Working with a lathe, drill press, and other tools, students will make wooden pens.  These will be shipped, with personal notes, to service men and women from the local community. 

Leaving a Gift to the Place You Call Home

This year, the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) is celebrating a special milestone, our 30th Anniversary.   

Throughout life, there are many causes for celebration:  birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, retirements, graduations, and numerous holidays.  I am sure that you could add a few more to the list.  Very often, we give gifts as a part of the celebration.