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

Shop With a Cop Tradition to continue with ACAF

(Sept. 2019) Founded in 1992 by Steve Havey, then manager of the Wellsville Kmart store, the local Shop With a Cop program was...

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...

ACAF Logo Updated

We've updated our venerable bridge logo - nothing dramatic, we've streamlined it a bit and made it easier for today's graphic...

Alfred Farmers Market Receives ACAF Grant

Earlier this summer, the Allegany County Area Foundation awarded the Alfred Farmers Market a grant of $500 to support the...

Scholarship Application Opens November 4th

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

Shakespeare Comes to Wellsville

    Shake on the Lake

After School Programing


Youth Mentoring in Schools

Preserving Local History

Nutrition Education

College Scholarships

Community Playground Project

School Security Enhancement

New Scholarship Supports Wellsville’s Aspiring Teachers

(Nov. 2018) Thanks to the generosity of retired teacher Anne McAndrew, Wellsville’s future educators will get some extra financial...

Betty Embser Wattenberg Scholarship Recognizes Service

(Dec. 2016)   By Sandy Rigas - Special to The Daily Reporter WELLSVILLE - A current Wellsville High School senior will have the...

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.

More News

ACAF Aids in Historic Newspaper Preservation

ACAF Aids in Historic Newspaper Preservation

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented a grant to the Bolivar Library to assist with efforts to digitize its collection of Allegany County Democrat newspapers. Published from 1867 – 1965 (initially as the Allegany Democrat) and with the tagline...

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ACAF Grant Boosts Belmont Library Project

ACAF Grant Boosts Belmont Library Project

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently presented the Belmont Free Library with a check for $750 for use in a project to renovate the library building’s second floor. Founded with forty volumes in 1885 and at home in its distinctive ‘flatiron’ building since...

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ACAF Grants Support Non-profit Computer Upgrades

The Allegany County Area Foundation recently awarded grants to the Comfort House of Allegany County (Hart Comfort House) and the Allegany County Historical Society to support the purchase of new computers. The grants were provided through the Foundation’s Allegany and...

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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

May 2020 Scholarship Recognition Ceremony
When: May 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm Where: Cuba-Rushford Central School, Route 305 Cuba, NY  
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ACAF Board Meeting
When: October 16, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Where: ACAF Office, Belmont, NY  
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ACAF Investment Committee
When: October 16, 2019 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Where: ACAF Office, Belmont, NY  
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Fall Gathering of Foundations
When: October 24, 2019 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Where: Olean, NY   Fall Gathering for Area Foundations October 24th
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