Non-profit groups are main benefactor

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation has awarded $38,724 to 15 different non-profit organizations through its Fall 2013 Community Grants Program. The Community Grants Program is a biannual program that awards grants to non-profit 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, site visits are performed as well.

The committee then prepares recommendations to the NCCF Board of Directors. Current Grants Committee members include John D’Agostino, James Holton, JoAnn Kaufman, Kathy Kaus, Priscilla Koch, Kristine Morabito, Deborah Pacos, Alberto Rey, Jerry Rocque, Peter Ryan and Monica White. Priscilla Koch serves as chairman of the committee and Peter Clark is the NCCF President.

Applications that have been approved by the NCCF Board of Directors to receive a grant follow: Dunkirk Free Library for Computer Training; Chautauqua Striders for Tutoring; Boy Scout Troop 267 for a Camping Trailer; Greater Chautauqua Area AMBUCS for AmTryke Therapeutic Bikes; Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse for Roof, Gutter, Chimney Replacement; Literacy Volunteers for a Books and Workbooks; Greystone Nature Preserve for Benches and Chairs; Ripley Free Library for Handicap Ramp/Front Step Replacement; Local Economic Development Committee for Laptop Projector and Conference Call Subscription; Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center for Sensory Room Equipment; Compeer Chautauqua for Recruitment Campaign Signs; 1891 Fredonia Opera House for Display Case Lighting; SUNY Fredonia Enactus for Art Shack Project; The Resource Center for Sibshop Program and Campus and Community Children’s Center for Pre-K Equipment.

The Community Grants Program awards grants twice a year. The next deadline to submit a letter of interest is March 1, 2014.

For more information on making a gift to one of the NCCF’s unrestricted 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 Northern Chautau-qua Community Foundation was incorporated in 1986 as a tax-exempt charitable organization. Since its establishment, the NCCF has distributed over $9.3 million into the community through its various grants programs. It is an organization inherently committed to furthering its mission of enriching the northern Chautauqua community and encouraging local philanthropy.