The Friendship Free Library Receives ACAF Grant

Friendship – The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded a $146.35 grant to the Friendship Free ...

Donation Received from Board of Legislators

Legilative Mtg. Jan. 2017On January 9th Chairman Curtis W. Crandall presented a $500 check to the Allegany County Area Foundation on behalf of the Allegany County Board of Legislators. The money comes from the Board’s flower fund which is replenished each year from proceeds from the Legislators’ Clambake. Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation, accepted the donation. This donation will be added to the Foundation’s Allegany Fund which awards grants to non-profits that work to improve the lives of our citizens all across our county.


acaf-scholarships-2016The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars web portal is now open to accept scholarship applications for the 2017-2018 school year. The web site address is: . All applications must be completed by January 31, 2017.

Last year the Allegany County Area Foundation awarded $209,200 in scholarships to 115 students throughout Allegany County along with $37,000 in renewable scholarships. Since 1990 the Foundation has awarded $2,770,148 to 1812 recipients. Please note that both current high school seniors and college students are welcome to apply for these scholarships. Our recipients are primarily students who attended a high school in Allegany County.

All students will complete their applications online including those applying for the Dresser-Rand Scholarships and the Wellsville Rotary Club Scholarships. Students are urged to begin working on their application prior to Christmas in order to meet the January 31st deadline. Those who applied last year can log back in and update the information they entered last year to apply again.

The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars  Awards Program will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Genesee Valley Central School.  All of the ACAF scholarship recipients must attend this event.  The public along with family and friends are invited to attend.  The program will begin at 3:00pm.

For more information about the Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Program please e-mail Denis Dahlgren at: or call 585-808-8444.

In the Picture: Cooper Buckley & Chelsea Phillips (2016 ACAF Scholarship Recipients).

Landscaping Fund Benefits the Village of Andover

andover-landscaping-fund-jan-2017The Village of Andover recently received a grant check for $1,914.58 from the Conrad and Kathryn Church Landscaping Endowment Fund which is managed by the Allegany County Area Foundation. This grant money was used for tree pruning in the village of Andover.

In 2001, the Village of Andover received a gift of some 400 trees of various species from Conrad and Kathryn Church. Mr. Church, who passed away the following year, hoped to restore the canopy of trees he recalled from his boyhood in the village. As the former owner of Genesee Valley Nurseries, Inc. in Belmont, he had made his living by growing and selling trees, and he saw them as an important part of the community’s landscape.

In 2007, a gift of $100,000 from Mrs. Church to the Allegany County Area Foundation, Inc., the Conrad and Kathryn Church Landscaping Fund was established for the purpose of maintaining Andover’s trees. The village is able to draw upon the fund’s earnings for tasks such as pruning, fertilizing, disease control and evaluation by an arborist.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds assets of over 8 million dollars. The endowed funds continue to grow in perpetuity to enrich and improve the lives of Allegany County people. If you would like more information on how you can provided a legacy of hope and good will in our community, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or visit their web site at:

In the attached picture (L to R): Denis Dahlgren, Executive Director of the Allegany County Area Foundation; Marie Wood, Andover Village Clerk; and David Truax, Mayor of Andover.

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The Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages donations totaling more than $8 million and uses the proceeds from those funds to encourage educational, social, cultural and civic projects benefiting the residents of Allegany County. The Foundation awards scholarships to individuals and grants to community organizations. It also helps organizations secure their futures by managing endowment funds and ensures that individuals’ desires for a legacy come to fruition by administering funds to benefit the areas or organizations they specify.  For more information please contact the Director or call 585-808-8444.