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The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation along with planning partners Chautauqua Opportunities, United Way of Northern Chautauqua County, and the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the "On the table" initiative in northern Chautauqua County.

The community is invited to attend one of our many “On the table” conversations beginning April 29. These conversations will provide an opportunity for friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others to gather around a table and "break bread" together. Community members can share experiences, ideas, and thoughts about community needs and opportunities. Voices from all walks of life will be heard while discussing who we are as a community, where we are going, and what we can do together to get there.

Following the conversation, guests will be encouraged to share thoughts, actions, and ideas generated by the dialogue via a survey. The survey will ask about items such as their “On the table” experiences, their opinions on community issues and the topics their group discussed. The results of the compiled data will be shared publicly and be accessible to the community to help us better understand our needs and opportunities.
To view upcoming conversations and to register, go online at

To learn more about “On the table” visit:
Facebook page

You may also email, or call NCCF at 716-366-4892.

Your voice matters!

2018 Spring Grant Awards

The Board of Directors recently approved 15 grants totaling $44,016 through the 2018 Spring Community Grants Program. The Community Grants Program awards grants to nonprofit organizations seeking funds for projects that address northern Chautauqua’s current needs and opportunities. 

The Community Grants Program is funded through the NCCF’s 70 Community Benefit Funds. These endowed funds have been established by individuals, families, and organizations who have a strong interest in the well-being of the community.

Special consideration is given to projects that leverage NCCF funding, such as Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program’s grant award to upgrade their commercial milkshake machines.  Youth in the 4-H Program will use these new machines at the 4-H Snack Bar during the Chautauqua County Fair.  The money earned each year supports 4-H activities.  Over time, the funds raised through the sale of milkshakes will far exceed the amount of the NCCF grant award.

The following organizations also received awards. Patterson Library, Makerspace Program. WCA Home, Air-Conditioning System. Southern Tier Health Care System, Cribs for Kids. Boys & Girls Club of Northern Chautauqua County, “Ultimate Journey” STEM Summer Enrichment Program. Chautauqua Connections, Children’s Coalition Summer Professional Development Training. Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse, Gift Shop Improvements. Pet Pantry, Trap-Spay-Neuter Assistance Program. Greystone Nature Preserve, Sprucing Up Project. Allegany-Cattaraugus-Chautauqua Fund for Women, grants for northern Chautauqua County women. Chautauqua Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council, Hope & Healing Community Forum. Hispanic Education Coalition, Community Engagement Project. Juneteenth Festival Celebration Committee, Cultural Education and Entertainment. Chautauqua Adult Day Services, Enhanced Outdoor Recreation Program. Access to the Arts, Capacity Building and Adams Art Center.

Letters of Interest for the next round of funding are due September 1, 2018. Visit the website for additional information on grant programs or contact Eileen Ardillo, Program Coordinator at 716-366-4892 or

To make a gift to one of the Community Benefit Funds, visit our website or contact the office at 716-366-4892. 
... to our volunteer Grants Committee: Helen Baran, Jody Briggs, Jill Casey, Mac Crowe, Ann Eckman, Margaret Ferris, Virginia Harper, JoAnn Kaufman, Alex Moss, Alberto Rey, Rich Ryan and Kurt Warmbrodt. Pete Ryan serves as chairman of the committee, and Gina Paradis is the NCCF President.
Registration is open! 
The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation has long recognized that Lake Erie is critical to our community’s economic, human and environmental health. To that end, we have the newly formed Great Lakes One Water Partnership.  The partnership includes six regions across all 5 Great Lakes, in the US and Canada. As a member of the Lake Erie Team, we will work with seven other community foundations who share our shoreline to work together to accelerate innovative solutions to protect and enhance our community and water resources. 

Why Community Foundations? The community foundations supporting lakeshore communities around the Great Lakes basin are uniquely situated to convene leaders, community members, and industries across regions to address aging water infrastructure challenges and build capacity for green infrastructure investments across the Great Lakes. Through our participation in a similar partnership, the Great Lakes Environmental Collaboration, we built a number of permanent endowment funds.  These support environmental education projects and provide a stream of income to local environmental organizations.


The Lake Erie Team is comprised of NCCF (NY), Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (NY), The Cleveland Foundation (OH), Community Foundation of Lorain County (OH), Community Foundation of Monroe County (MI), Sandusky/Erie Community Foundation (OH), Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan (MI), and Toledo Community Foundation (OH).

The use of regional teams will allow for replicating what works and taking it to the next level, capitalizing on regional assets, activating citizens, and increasing effective partnerships. David McCoy, Chautauqua County’s Watershed Coordinator, Dr. Sherri A. Mason, Chair of the Department of Geology and Environmental Sciences at SUNY Fredonia and Diane Hannum, NCCF’s Executive Director will be representing our community on the Lake Erie Team.

About the Partnership

Over a four-year period, the Great Lakes One Water Partnership will bring together community foundations and their local leaders, inject financial and intellectual capital, drive technology innovation, and create a shared, basin-wide communications strategy for the Great Lakes that will build the public will for support and advancement of new solutions. The regional teams of foundations and their local partners will advance water infrastructure plans to improve health, economic development, and equity in their communities.

As the Partnership develops, we will be providing additional information.

Scholarship Application Due Dates

Click on the individual scholarships to learn more about them and the necessary qualifications.
Scholarship Due
Dr. Ruth C. Stacy Counselor Scholarship 5/15
Chautauqua Fallen Heroes Scholarship 5/15
Nathan George Memorial Scholarship 5/20
Benson-Cash Family Scholarship 6/29
Rev. Clifford K. Cliver & Lucy Cliver Sumsky
Scholarship Fund

NCCF Annual Meeting &
George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award Presentation
June 18, 2018 at 4 p.m.

JCC North Training & Conference Facility
10807 Bennett Rd, Dunkirk, NY 14048

All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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