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ACAF Grant Supports Howe Library Project

ACAF Grant Supports Howe Library Project

ACAF board president Lori Dzielski with the library’s circulation operations manager Niki Gordon.

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented a $500 grant to the David A. Howe Library for the reupholstering of the Library’s armchairs. Original to the building (1937), the chairs are found primarily in the Library’s Local History Room, which houses historical and genealogical records and serves as a meeting place for organizations and groups from throughout the area. The chairs have been redone with a look that’s in keeping with their 1930s vintage.

The grant was provided by the Foundation’s Allegany Fund, an unrestricted endowment that allows ACAF to assist local non-profit organizations as they serve the public.

The largest public library in Allegany County and a member of the Southern Tier Library System, the David A. Howe Library holds over 110,000 items in its collection and is a New York State Document Depository.

The Allegany County Area Foundation holds over $9M in assets and manages over 50 scholarship and grant programs. If you are interested in establishing a grant or scholarship fund or contributing to an existing fund, please contact ACAF at 585-296-5616. Donations are tax deductible.

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ACAF Grant Supports Cooperative Extension’s FLAVOR Project

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented a $600 grant to the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Allegany County office, for the development of a 20-C (Commercial) kitchen. This new kitchen is part of the FLAVOR project, which promises to benefit Allegany County citizens in several ways.

Expected to be in place by fall, the CCE’s commercial kitchen will allow for new and increased programing. CCE Executive Director Laura Hunsberger cites expansion of their Food and Nutrition Education program (EFNEP), which promotes healthy eating and nutritional literacy, as a primary benefit. Additional youth programs through 4-H and new classes in things like food science and safety, food processing, and cooking and canning will also be possible.

In addition to serving students, the FLAVOR project will work with a variety of area non-profits and the agricultural community, including farmer’s markets. The upgraded facility will also offer Allegany County CCE the opportunity to host regional 4-H and ENFEP activities.

This grant was made through the Foundation’s Allegany Fund, which assists non-profit organizations that serve Allegany County residents. With assets of $9.2M, ACAF manages several dozen scholarship and grant funds. If you would like to know how you can donate to or establish a fund that supports students or your community, contact the foundation’s executive director, Bruce Campbell at 585-296-5616 or director@alleganycountyareafoundation.org

Pictured above: CCE Executive Director Laura Hunsberger and ACAF Executive Director Bruce Campbell

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Grant Application Deadline – March 1

Applications for the next round of ACAF grants are due on March 1. Application information can be found under the grants tab on this site.

Completed applications will be reviewed at the March 27 ACAF Grants Committee Meeting.

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Scholarship Application Deadline Extended

Because of the two school days lost to weather this week, the application deadline for our ACAF/Dollars for Scholars scholarships has been changed to midnight Saturday, February 2nd.

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ACAF Contributes to Almond Park Project

The Allegany County Area Foundation has awarded $1000 to Alfred-Almond Community Sports Associates for the construction of the Greg Norton Memorial Park in the village of Almond.

The park project includes basketball and multi-purpose courts, a well-equipped playground area, seating, security features, and a pavilion. “At present” notes AACSA committee member Dan Hegarty, “there is no playground within the Almond Village. This will provide children with a safe place to play.” AACSA, which will look after and maintain the park, has managed local youth sports leagues for many years.

With assets of $9.5M, ACAF manages several dozen scholarship and grant funds. If you would like to know how you can establish a fund to support students or your community, contact the foundation’s executive director, Bruce Campbell at 585-296-5616.

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