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Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (New York)

 
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    Funder Type

    Private Foundation

    IT Classification

    C - Funds little to no technology

    Authority

    Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation

    Summary

    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:

    1. to be a catalyst for the establishment of endowments to benefit the community both now and in the future;
    2. to provide a vehicle for donors' varied interests;
    3. to promote local philanthropy;
    4. to serve as a steward of funds;
    5. to provide leadership and resources in addressing local challenges and opportunities.

    Current programs of the NCCF include:

    Community Grants Program: 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. In determining the merits and priority of an application, we will give particular consideration to:

    • The degree of how the proposed project will potentially benefit the community.
    • The capability of the organization and its personnel to achieve the desired results.
    • Special consideration will be given to projects that include meaningful collaborations.
    • Special consideration will be given to projects that can leverage additional funds, community resources, or both. 

    The Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund: The purpose of the fund is to increase public knowledge of environmental issues in Chautauqua County, particularly those relating to Lake Erie and its watershed. A broad range of educational activities will be funded, including educational events, hands-on educational experiences, stipends for internships and lectures. Research projects are permitted, providing that the research is shared in a useful manner. Priority will be given to applications involving Lake Erie or its watershed. 


    Neighborhood Pride Program: Quality of life concerns have always been a priority for the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. Clean neighborhoods, well-maintained parks, community gardens, and safe, healthy neighborhoods influence how citizens feel about where they live, work and play. NCCF has historically been a proud supporter of Community Pride initiatives and now welcomes the opportunity to work more closely with our neighborhoods through this Neighborhood Pride imitative. 


    Neighborhood Pride:

    • Encourages cross-sector partnerships among residents, businesses, non-profits and institutions (e.g., schools) within the neighborhood;
    • Is generated, led, and executed by residents of the neighborhood to the full extent possible; and,
    • Builds on the assets existing in each neighborhood, (including using the skills of residents, involving youth or working with existing neighborhood groups, clubs, etc.) 
    • Identify and strengthen neighborhood resources while engaging citizen involvement.  

    Community Betterment Fund: DFT Communications has earned a reputation as a strong supporter of the community they serve. In 2001, the Foundation began administering their "DFT Communications/RMM Golf Tournament Community Betterment Fund." Priority will be given to:

    • the potential impact and the number of people who benefit;
    • programs representing innovative, efficient approaches to serving community needs;
    • requests which will assist those citizens whose needs are not being met by existing programs or services;
    • those organizations that work cooperatively with other agencies in the community to encourage efficient use of community resources and elimination of duplicated services;
    • and projects which promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement. 

    Lake Shore Savings' Community Reinvestment Fund: Lake Shore Savings is proud to continue their tradition of Putting People First throughout our communities by awarding a series of Community Reinvestment Grants to help fund vital programs and services to local non-profit organizations. The NCCF is proud to work with Lake Shore Savings on their biannual community grant-making program.


    Priority will be given to:

    • Community development and investment projects serving the needs of the low to moderate income population or geographies.
    • Projects which have the greatest potential impact on the community.
    • Projects that will benefit the most number of people.
    • Programs representing innovative, efficient approaches to serving community needs.
    • Requests which will assist those citizens whose needs are not met by existing programs or services, particularly low to moderate income recipients.
    • Projects which promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement.
    • Community economic development
    • Financial education 

    Ripley Community & Heritage Fund: The mission of the Ripley Community & Heritage Fund is to enrich the lives of Ripley residents. To this end, an endowment fund has been established for not-for-profit organizations serving the Ripley community. Grants will be awarded from the fund for projects and programs that support the mission of the Ripley Community & Heritage Fund (RCHF), and that strive to better the lives of Ripley community members. The RCHF will prioritize:

    • requests from organizations that are primarily volunteer;
    • requests that support historical preservation within Ripley;
    • requests that give quantifiable (measurable) results;
    • and, requests that demonstrate cooperation among community organizations. 

    Silver Creek Irving Heritage Fund: The Silver Creek-Irving Heritage Fund (SCIHF) provides funding to new community initiatives, leadership development and charitable programs that address the most pressing issues within the Silver Creek and Irving community. Their slogan is Remembering Our Past – Securing Our Future”.


    Priority will be given to:

    • the potential impact and the number of people who would benefit;
    • programs representing innovative, efficient approaches to serving community needs;
    • requests which will assist those citizens whose needs are not being met by existing programs or services
    • those organizations that work cooperatively with other agencies in the community to encourage efficient use of community resources and elimination of duplicated services;
    • and projects which promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement. 

    Service Learning Mini-Grants Program: Service-Learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. 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. Funding is available for equipment, materials, technology, transportation, speakers and similar items.

     

    History of Funding

    Previous giving can be seen at https://www.nccfoundation.org/history.

    Additional Information

    Community Grants Program: Areas generally not funded include:

    • overhead and administrative expenses
    • annual fundraising campaigns
    • salaries or stipends not directly related to the specific proposal 

    The Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund: Grants will not be made for lobbying or political purposes.


    Neighborhood Pride Program: NOT ELIGIBLE for funding:

    • Landscaping private property
    • Refreshments for neighborhood meetings
    • Entertainment
    • Projects and programs that promote a religion or require participation in a religious activity as a condition for receiving services. However, grants may be made to faith-based organizations for other purposes. 

    Community Betterment Fund: Funding limitations:

    • Individuals are not eligible.
    • Organizations which lack the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status do not qualify.
    • Political organizations, candidates or lobbying efforts are not eligible.
    • National, international or other membership organizations unless their programs have significant local impact will not qualify.
    • Annual appeals are generally not funded.
    • salary line items and operating expenses budgets are generally not funded.
    • Travel expenses are generally not funded.

    Lake Shore Savings' Community Reinvestment Fund: Applications will normally not be considered for:

    • Individuals
    • Capital campaigns to establish or add to endowment funds.
    • General operating budgets of existing organizations.
    • Publications of books or programs, conferences will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Annual fund raising campaigns.
    • Political campaigns
    • Supplant tax funds for projects or activities that would ordinarily receive public support.
    • Government funded agencies and school systems.
    • Scholarships
    • Organizations and projects outside the bank's service area of Chautauqua and Erie Counties, WNY. 

    Ripley Community & Heritage Fund: Funds will not be awarded:

    • to pay staff salaries;
    • for capital construction projects;
    • for general operating support;
    • for programs for which membership in an organization is required to participate or receive benefit;
    • and, to individuals. 

    Silver Creek Irving Heritage Fund: Funding limitations:

    • Individuals are not eligible;
    • organizations which lack the tax exempt status do not qualify;
    • organizations that do not serve the Silver Creek – Irving community do not qualify;
    • political organizations, candidates or lobbying efforts are not eligible;
    • national, international or other membership organizations, unless their programs have significant local impact, will not qualify;
    • annual appeals are generally not funded;
    • salary line items and operating expenses budgets are generally not funded;
    • and travel expenses are generally not funded. 

    Service Learning Mini-Grants Program: Funding is not available for salaries.

    Contacts

    Diane Hannum

    Diane Hannum
    212 Lake Shore Drive West
    Dunkirk, NY 14048
    366-4892
     

  • Eligibility Details

    Community Grants Program: Applicant (or applicant's fiscal sponsor) must be a 501(c)3 organization or an appropriate not-for-profit. Individuals are not eligible to apply. Grant proposals must benefit the northern Chautauqua community. 

    The Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund: Environmental organizations that are recognized as non-profit tax exempt under section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible to apply. Educational institutions and other public agencies (agencies of the state, county or local government) are eligible to apply. 

    Neighborhood Pride Program: All civic groups, neighborhood based organizations, businesses, grassroots

    projects and community development corporations led by the needs, interests and commitment of a specific neighborhood are eligible to apply.

    Community Betterment Fund: Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) non profit organizations.

    Lake Shore Savings' Community Reinvestment Fund: Eligible applicants are 501(c)(3) non profit organizations.

    Ripley Community & Heritage Fund: Organizations eligible to apply are those:

    • who, except in special circumstances, are certified as charitable not-for-profit organizations according to the Internal Revenue Code and/or are sponsored by a not-for-profit fiscal agent;
    • whose mission statement is compatible with the mission of the RCHF;
    • and, whose projects benefit Ripley residents. 

    Silver Creek Irving Heritage Fund: All charitable organizations that serve the Silver Creek and Irving communities are eligible to apply for a grant.

    Service Learning Mini-Grants Program: Available to teachers in northern Chautauqua County school districts.

    Deadline Details

    Community Grants Program: Letters of Intent are to be submitted by March 1 and September 1, annually. Programs that are approved by the Grants Committee will then be asked to submit a full application.

    The Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund: Applications will be accepted until January 10 of every year. Awards will be announced in February. *Please note this fund is closed for 2021 and will resume in 2022.

    Neighborhood Pride Program: Applications are to be submitted by March 1, 2020.

    Community Betterment Fund: Applications are to be submitted by June 1 and December 1, annually. Grants are awarded from this fund on a biannual basis.

    Lake Shore Savings' Community Reinvestment Fund: Applications are to be submitted by June 1 and December 1, annually.

    Ripley Community & Heritage Fund: Application Deadline: January 15th, annually. Forward completed application to: RCHF, c/o Richard Wade, 25 North State St. Ripley, NY 14775. The RCHF is an advised fund of the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. Contact 716-366-4892 or nccf@nccfoundation.org for more information.

    Silver Creek Irving Heritage Fund: The deadline for application submission is September 20, annually. Applications are to be submitted to the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, SCIHF at 212 Lake Shore Drive W., Dunkirk, NY 14048.

    Service Learning Mini-Grants Program: Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2021. Awards will be announced in mid-May 2020. Please contact Diane Hannum, NCCF's Executive Director, with questions, or if assistance is needed in completing the application, (716)366-4892 or dhannum@nccfoundation.org.

    Award Details

    Community Grants Program: Award amounts vary. Awards range from $500 to $15,000.

    The Northern Chautauqua Environmental Fund: In most instances, grants will be no greater than $500.

    Neighborhood Pride Program: Grants of UP TO $5,000 are available. A 1:1 match is required. (The 1:1 match can be met monetarily, through volunteer hours at a rate of $11 per hour, and/or in kind donations and services). 

    Community Betterment Fund: Award amounts vary.

    Lake Shore Savings' Community Reinvestment Fund: Award amounts vary. maximum award is $2,500.

    Ripley Community & Heritage Fund: Award amounts vary. Individual grants usually will not exceed $1,000. 

    Silver Creek Irving Heritage Fund: Award amounts vary.

    Service Learning Mini-Grants Program: The majority of the awards will be $500 or less.

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