A Bridge to the Future

 

For All of Us

The Allegany County Area Foundation (ACAF) offers an opportunity for everyone to invest in the present and future of Allegany County, NY. Support for the Foundation comes from local individuals, civic groups, businesses, and estates. We also receive a number of donations annually from persons who left Allegany County years ago but retain a fondness for their former home and want to support our local students, organizations and communities.

News & Information

ACAF Grants Have Supported

Highlighted Funds

Link to ACAF Scholarship Application

Our scholarship application is online and will be accessible through February 3rd. Click on Read More below for the link      ...

March 2020 Grant Deadline

(Dec. 2019) The ACAF Grant Committee will meet in mid-March. Organizations seeking grants should have complete materials...

Scholarship Application is Now Open

The ACAF Dollars for Scholars scholarship applications for the 2020-2021 school year opened on Monday, November 4th....

The Arts

Shake on the Lake

After School Programing

 

Youth Mentoring in Schools

Preserving Local History

College Scholarships

School Security Enhancement

Library Programs

New Scholarship Honors Carl Atwell, Supports ACS Students

(January 2020) The Carl Atwell Memorial Scholarship has been established to benefit an Andover Central School senior who...

Van Dines Honored through Grant Fund

(Nov. 2019) The Ken & Judi Van Dine Christian Service Grant has been established by the Grace United Church family and friends...

Kelley Scholarship will assist Genesee Valley and Fillmore students

(Sept. 2019) The family of Leonard and Margaret Kelley has established a scholarship with the Allegany County Area Foundation...

What is the Allegany County Area Foundation?

Founded in 1983, the Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages donations and endowments (now totaling almost $10 million) and devotes the earnings from those funds to efforts that serve the educational, social, cultural and wellness needs of Allegany County residents. The Foundation awards scholarships to individuals and grants to community non-profits. It helps organizations secure their futures by managing endowment funds and works with individuals (and their advisors) – helping them to establish endowments that create a lasting benefit to their causes and interests.

Why a community foundation?

The community foundation movement started with the founding of the Cleveland (OH) Foundation in 1914. There are now 700 such organizations in the US, and 1700 worldwide. ACAF is in this tradition. Community foundations provide for the pooling of donations and efficient investing of funds and coordinated grantmaking for the benefit of a specific community or region.

What We do

The Allegany County Area Foundation was established in 1983, with scholarships our primary focus. That continues to be our main activity, though our grantmaking has increased significantly in recent years. We currently manage 37 scholarship and 23 grant programs that have been created through gifts and endowments from individuals, business and organizations. These funds and the students and programs they support are described on the pages of this web site.

Our annual support for Allegany County approximates $250,000 for scholarships, and $60,000 in grants. ACAF’s assets of $10,000,000 are invested with Vanguard and overseen by the Foundation’s Investment Committee.

What fund options does the Foundation have?

ACAF offers donors the opportunity to establish (or support existing) Field of Interest funds, Donor-Advised funds, general unrestricted funds, and scholarships. 

Judge Peter Sprague: A man with a vision and on a mission

Judge Peter Sprague, founding member of the Board of Directors of the Allegany County Area Foundation had a vision and a belief…

Scholarships 2019

Allegany County produces some outstanding students. Here are several of them – ACAF scholarship recipients with the educators they cite as being especially influential in their academic success. Photos were taken at our May 2019 scholarship ceremony.

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Shop With A Cop Grant Supports Foster Care Christmas Party

Shop With A Cop Grant Supports Foster Care Christmas Party

When the Wellsville Kmart closed in March of this year, it effectively ended the local Shop With A Cop (SWAC) program. This summer, the SWAC Committee used its remaining resources to set up an endowed fund with the Allegany County Area Foundation. The fund’s objective...

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ACAF Grant Benefits Pioneer Oil Museum

(Oct 2019) The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented a $1000 grant to the Pioneer Oil Museum. This support came from ACAF’s Allegany Fund, which supports a variety of Allegany County non-profit organizations The Foundation funds were used to help pay for...

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Foundation Funds Support Local Libraries

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented grants to the Andover, Friendship, and Scio libraries. This support came from designated funds – endowments that have been set up for the benefit of these specific organizations. Scio Memorial Library receives...

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Your Community, Your Foundation, Your Legacy

Thank you for your consideration. If you wish to support the Foundation but prefer to do so by check, you can send that to: 

Allegany County Area Foundation
6087 State Rte. 19N
Belmont, NY 14813

Our phone number: 585-296-5616

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Our Events

ACAF Board Meeting
When: January 15, 2020 @ 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm  
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