Community Fund Grant Applications Due

Grant applications from area nonprofit organizations for awards from the Community Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation are due November 1.

“Grants from the Community Fund benefit a wide range of services and projects, with an emphasis on meeting changing needs in our community,” said Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF Executive Director.

Grants from the Community Fund are awarded to charitable organizations that are tax-exempt under IRS Code Section 501(c)3 and for most charitable causes that meet IRS regulations.

Ms. Buchheit noted the Board of Directors awards grants based upon the applying organization’s stability, the impact its work has on the community, the feasibility of the project proposed in the grant application, and the role a grant from the Community Fund would play in the overall project.

Grants amounts from this fund are generally in the range of $200 to $2,000, according to Ms. Buchheit.

Applications for grants may be obtained at the Foundation’s office located at 120 North Union St., Olean, or through the Foundation’ web site:

Completed applications with supporting documents can be mailed to the Foundation’s office or emailed to for consideration.

The musical “Really Rosie,” performed in Oak Hill Park, was funded by a grant from the Community Fund at CRCF, the City of Olean Youth Bureau and the JCC Rising Star program. Cast included: Shawn Bihler, Steve Ahl, Greg Farris, Anthony Alaimo, Maija Klute, Andrew Liu, Ashley Mulryan and Rebeca Lasky.

Established in 1995, The Community Foundation is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in our region. Grants from the foundation support many areas including education, scholarships, health care, the arts, community development, human service and youth development. To learn more, call, email or visit us online at

For more information, contact the Community Foundation at (716) 372-4433, email or visit Find us on Facebook at

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