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 1904, the library is a Belmont landmark. Local history suggests that the library construction was funded by industrialist Andrew Carnegie. For decades the building’s spacious second floor served as a local gathering place – hosting dinners, meetings, dances, and celebrations.

Over time, other uses took priority and communal use faded. This project is returning the second floor to a practical community gathering space, while also bringing back more of its original look. The ACAF grant will be used for the purchase of a refrigerator necessary for hosting large groups.

This grant was provided through the Foundation’s Allegany Fund endowment, which assists local non-profit as they serve and build their communities.

With assets of $9.5M, ACAF manages over fifty scholarship and grant funds. If you would like to donate to one of these funds, or establish a fund to support students or your community contact the foundation’s executive director, Bruce Campbell at 585-296-5616 or Donations to the foundation are tax deductible.

Pictured above: left to right: Library trustee/treasurer Barb Zlomek, Librarian Carrie Jefferds, Librarian, secretary/trustee Pat Schmelzer, and Library Assistant Caroline Mapes