This grant is unrestricted in nature – meaning that the funds for this grants process may be used to benefit a wide variety of charitable projects or needs. Applications are carefully reviewed by a volunteer committee of community members and recommendations are made to the Board of Directors for the final approval. These grants are made possible through the generosity of those who have established or who have contributed to an unrestricted fund.
Application Deadline: December 1, April 1 and July 1
Geographic Scope: Projects that demonstrate a definite benefit to the Southern Chautauqua Region. (The Fredonia/Dunkirk area is served by the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation).
Award Amounts: The majority of awards are in the $2,000 to $5,000 range – maximum funding request is $10,000.
Exclusions: Grants are not made for political purposes, to retire indebtedness of an organization, or for religious activities.
Eligibility: 501 (c) 3 status
The Chautauqua Region Community Foundation accepts Community Service Fund Grant applications three times annually (12/1, 4/1, 7/1). The Grants Committee will interview applicants shortly after the deadlines. The Grants Committee presents a recommendation on all completed applications to the Board of Directors within three months of submission.
Grant Final Reports
As specified in the Grant Agreement, it is a condition of all Community Foundation grants that Final Reports are required within 30 days of completion of the project or program. If the applicant has previously received funding from this particular grant process, the Final Report for that project must have been completed/filed.