Allegany County Area Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Allegany County Area Foundation supports parks, health, human services arts and culture, education, libraries, and youth causes in Allegany County, New York.

FUNDING AREAS: Parks, health, human services arts and culture, education, libraries, youth

IP TAKE: ACAF’s grants are modest, but are awarded four times per year to give local nonprofits access to funds when they need them most.

PROFILE: Established in 1983, the Allegany County Area Foundation (ACAF) is a community foundation based in Belmont, New York. Judge Peter Sprague is a founding member of the foundation’s board of directors. ACAF aims to “be a focus of concern and commitment to enhance the general quality of life in Allegany County for present and future generations.” It funds local parks, health, human services arts and culture, education, libraries, and youth efforts.

The Allegany County Area Foundation supports a wide variety of issues in its county. It awards grants through designated funds, such as the Cuba Chamber of Commerce Legacy Fund and the Susan Foster Myers Memorial Endowment Fund. It also awards grants through field-of-interests funds that include the Thomas F. and Laura L. Moogan Family Fund, Norbert Shear Memorial Fund, and Bob Christian Fund. There are many scholarship funds housed at this community foundation as well.

Grants range between about $250 and $1,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the funder’s grants recipient page. Grantmaking focuses on Allegany County, New York. Past local grantees include the Bolivar Free Library, Southern Tier Traveling Teacher, Alfred Farmer’s Market, and the Allegany County Mental Health Association.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. In the past, it has established grant application deadlines on August 30, November 15, February 28, and May 15. The funder typically awards grants in September, December, March, and May. Grantseekers may use ACAF’s online form to apply for funding. Direct general questions to the staff at director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org or 585-296-5616.

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