December Grants Support Pre-k Vision Screening, Library Programs, Music, Local History, and Food Pantries.

(Dec 2023) Alfred and Whitesville libraries, Fountain Arts Center, Allegany County Blind Association, Andover Central School, and Pioneer Oil Museum were awarded grants at the Allegany County Area Foundation’s (ACAF) December meeting.

All grants were made through ACAF’s Allegany Fund unless otherwise noted.

The Allegany County Blind Association received $500 to provide pre-school amblyopia screenings county wide. Working with schools, the Blind Association tests 175 children annually. Research shows that early diagnosis and intervention spares children more invasive treatment later and leads to much better outcomes. This support was provided through the Thomas F. and Laura L. Moogan Fund.

Whitesville Public Library was awarded $800 to support its monthly adult crafting program.

Andover Central School and its 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program were awarded $1000 in support of its food pantry program, which opened last year. The pantry provides food and hygiene items to Andover families with children enrolled in the school. This grant was provided by the Allegany Fund and Charles and Lorraine Joyce Family Fund.

Alfred Box of Books Library received $1000 for a Community Read event. Planned for spring and in coordination with Alfred University and Alfred State College, the Community Read brings together local residents, university students, and high school students to read and discuss a book on a topic of general public interest.

The Foundation supported the Pioneer Oil Museum’s expansion project with a $1500 grant to provide for new and updated exhibits in the enhanced space. This grant was made through ACAF’s Allegany and Joseph Bucher funds.

The Fountain Arts Center’s music program has experienced significant growth and has been raising money for a newer, more reliable piano. ACAF has awarded the organization $1000 to complete that effort and allow for purchase of the quality used piano it has identified.

In addition to these grants, ACAF distributed funds to food pantries located in various areas of the county.

The ACAF Grant Committee meets in person quarterly, in September, December, March, and June. Applications for emergency needs can be reviewed in between these dates via email.  The next grant application deadline is March 20.