Applications for this year’s grants from the Mental Wellness in Cattaraugus County Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation will be due Oct. 1.

“We know that the mental wellness of a community and its members is integral to its overall health and wellness,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “We also know that the COVID-19 pandemic has put additional stress on the mental health of so many, making this fund and its purpose even more essential this year.”

Grants from this fund support program services and activities that promote and support mental wellness in Cattaraugus County.

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Typically, grants will range from $500 to $1,500, but up to $4,000 may be available for special projects, particularly those that impact vulnerable and/or disadvantaged individuals.

The grant application can be accessed at

Nonprofit agencies with questions about the grant application process are encouraged to contact CRCF at 716-301-2723 or

Former members of the dissolved Mental Health Association of Cattaraugus County established the fund to financially support programs and activities that promote mental wellness in Cattaraugus County.

Donations can be made to the Mental Wellness in Cattaraugus County Fund at CRCF, 301 N. Union St., Suite 203, Olean, NY 14760 or online at

The Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation is the area’s supportive, responsive and trusted community foundation. Established in 1994, CRCF is growing good by connecting donors to the causes they care about most in the 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 (716) 301-CRCF (2723), email, or visit online at CRCF is also on Facebook ( and Twitter (@CattFoundation).