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Community Pride projects sought for funding

The Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation is accepting Letters of Interest to the biennial Community Pride Program. Community groups are eligible for grants ranging from $100 to $500 for projects that encourage citizen participation and, when completed, will reflect community pride. Examples are outside lighting (public buildings), tree planting, and neighborhood cleanup.

Community-based, not-for-profit organizations, such as garden clubs, service clubs, church groups, and civic improvement associations are eligible to apply. Projects that most exemplify community pride and encourage active citizen participation will be considered for funding. Past grant examples include beautification projects, signage, park benches, and community gardens.

A one-to-one match is required. Dollars, volunteer hours and supplies are examples of a match. To apply, submit a Letter of Interest outlining the necessary information including the name of the organization or group, contact person and telephone number, description of the project, cost breakdown, location, completion date, and how matching funds will be raised.

Letters are due by March 1 to Eileen Ardillo, program coordinator, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, 212 Lake Shore Drive West, Dunkirk, NY 14048. Contact NCCF for additional information at 366-4892 or eardillo@nccfoundation.org.

The NCCF, incorporated in 1986, is a tax-exempt charitable organization. Since its establishment, the NCCF has distributed more than $14 million in the community through its various grant programs. It is an organization inherently committed to enriching the northern Chautauqua community and encouraging local philanthropy. For more information on the NCCF, visit www.nccfoundation.org or call 366-4892.

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