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Open House Celebration!

Over 50 community members gathered at the Fredonia Technology Incubator on Friday, November 16, to celebrate Community Foundation Week with NCCF board members, staff, and volunteers. It was a pleasure to meet with members of our nonprofit organizations and personally deliver to them their Community Grants Program award checks.

A total of $93,311 was awarded in grants to the following 17 local nonprofits:
  • 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 Gates & Maintenance Equipment
  • Fredonia Technology Incubator, Multimedia Innovation Design Studio Project
  • Salvation Army, Front Entrance Renovation & Lighting Upgrades
  • YWCA of Jamestown, Supervised Visitation Program in North 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 & Program Support
The winner of our Be a Philanthropist contest at the event was Mary Woelfle who chose the Lakeshore Humane Society to receive her $25 grant. Congratulations!
Members of the Sheridan Historical Society accept their grant check from Grants Committee Member JoAnn Kaufman (center). 
Lakeshore Human Society volunteers showing their gratitude for their 2018 fall Community Grants Program grant!

Thank you to the 32 donors who helped us raise $1,920! There is still time to contribute to the Building Community Fund and have it count towards our #GivingTuesday total! Use the button below to visit our #NYGivesDay page. 
Donate to the Building Community Fund

Service Learning Mini-Grant Project

Cassadaga Valley Central School Key Club

Thank you, Key Club Advisor Karen Shrader, for submitting these photos from the "Key"ping the Service in Schools Project! Karen wrote, "Pictured are Key Clubbers Brittyn LeBaron, Jordan Polley (left photo), Eva Jaquith and Bri Ode (right photo) with their Thanksgiving Goody bags. The club made 31 bags for our bus garage employees. Last month they honored the lunch staff and custodians. All this is made possible from a grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation."

This project inspires students to serve the community throughout the year. Each month members are creating homemade cards and crafts for nursing home residents, veterans, people in need, animal shelters, school employees, and others as a way to show their appreciation and to brighten someone's day. This year the club also helped with the Veterans Day cards that NCCF distributes to veterans in our community.
A nice thank you note from the club for their Service Learning Mini-Grant!

NCCF, Your kindness means the world to me.
The Key Club is so grateful for your grant. Because of it, we are able to help out others in need. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
CVCS Key Club
Service Learning Mini-Grants will be available for the 2019-20 school year for Middle School and High School teachers in northern Chautauqua  County.

Project Guidelines:
  • Funding is available for projects involving Middle and High School students at any school in northern Chautauqua County.
  • Projects must include a community service component and a related learning component.
  • The majority of the awards will be $500 or less.
  • Projects must take place during the 2019-20 school year.
  • Funding is available for equipment, materials, technology, transportation, speakers and similar items.
  • Funding is not available for salaries.
Applications are available online at or by contacting the office at 716-366-4892. Applications are due by March 31, 2019; we will announce the awards in mid-May 2019.
Please contact Diane Hannum, NCCF’s Executive Director, with questions, or if assistance is needed in completing the application, 716-366-4892 or

Community Grants Program

Sheridan Historical Society, Roof Painting Project

Monthly Nonprofit - Community Networking Session 

Tuesday, December 4th
12 - 1:30 p.m.
at the NCCF
212 Lake Shore Drive W., Dunkirk

January 10 - Environmental Fund grant applications due
January 15 - Ripley Community & Heritage Fund applications due
March 1 - Community Grants Program Letters of Interest due
March 1 - Community Pride Program applications due
March 23 - NCCF's Applebee's Flapjack Breakfast Fundraiser
March 25 - George B. Weaver Jr. Footprints Award Nominations due
March 31 - Service Learning Mini-Grants applications due

Forgot a gift on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

Are you looking for creative gift ideas?
Do you want to make a difference in your community?
We are here to help!

Give meaningful gifts that change the community where you live and work. Browse our Holiday Online Giving Page and give gifts that give back to the causes that are important to you, your family, your friends, and your coworkers.

Visit the NCCF's Holiday Giving web page and start shopping today!
  • Select a fund that matches the gift recipient's interests
  • Follow the instructions 
  • Submit your order and tax-deductible contribution
We will send everyone on your list a personalized, festive holiday card announcing your gift.

Contact or 716-366-4892 with any questions.
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