NCCF Community Grants Program

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation

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Next deadline: Sep 1, 2020 1:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Mar 1, 2021 1:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Fields of work: Community Services Environment

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Chautauqua County, New York

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



This biannual program addresses the most pressing and immediate needs within northern Chautauqua County.  These grants are made possible through the generosity of those who have established or who have contributed to an unrestricted fund. 

It is the mission of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation to enrich the area in which we live and work. To this end, the Foundation has five primary goals:

  • to be a catalyst for the establishment of endowments to benefit the community both now and in the future
  • to provide a vehicle for donors’ varied interests
  • to promote local philanthropy
  • to serve as a steward of funds
  • to provide leadership and resources in addressing local challenges and opportunities

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Except in unusual circumstances, grants will be made only to organizations recognized by the IRS as 501 (c)(3).
  • Except in unusual circumstances, grants are approved for one year at a time.
  • Special projects that are sponsored by educational or religious institutions will be considered only if they benefit the community as a whole.


  • Priority will be given to projects which directly serve the geographical area from which the NCCF derives support (i.e. northern Chautauqua County, NY).
  • Priority will be given based on the potential impact of the request, including the number of people who will benefit.
  • Priority will be given to "seed grants" which initiate promising new programs in the NCCF’s current area’s of interest.
  • Priority will be given to programs which are innovative and which are efficient in serving community needs and in meeting new opportunities. 
  • Priority will be given to "challenge gifts" or grants which encourage matching gifts or additional funding from other sources.
  • Priority will be given to projects which provide support not currently provided by existing services.
  • Priority will be given to those organizations which work cooperatively with other community agencies, encourage more efficient use of community resources and strive to eliminate the duplication of services.
  • Priority will be given to projects which promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in the community. 


  • Areas generally not funded include: 
    • capital campaigns to establish or add to endowment funds
    • general operating budgets for existing organizations
    • the publication of books
    • conference fees
    • annual fund raising campaigns
  • Note: Consideration may be given to requests for capital campaigns or major equipment purchases, but are a low priority and in no event will the NCCF fund more than 20% of the total amount required.
  • NCCF funds are generally not granted to supplant tax funds for projects that would ordinarily receive public funding support.