Applications for the next grant funding cycle of the Community Fund at the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation are due Oct. 21.

The Community Fund at CRCF provides grants to nonprofits for deserving projects and initiatives that support efforts to meet the changing needs of the community, said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations.

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The CRCF board of directors reviews applications based on 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, said Buchheit.

Community Fund grants are dispersed in two funding cycles each year – once in November and once in May.

“Responsive grantmaking is always a focus for CRCF,” said CRCF Executive Director Karen Niemic Buchheit. “The Community Fund provides us an opportunity to support the efforts of the nonprofits in our community as they work to execute special projects and initiatives that make Cattaraugus County a better place to live, work and play.

“In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we know that those needs are quickly changing,” she continued. “It is essential that we help position our nonprofits to respond to those changing needs.”              

Applications are available online at under the grant seekers tab. Applications may be completed online and emailed to

 Contact CRCF with any additional questions at 716-301-2723 or

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).