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Who can apply for a grant?
Incorporated units of local government or organizations federally recognized as having 501(c)(3) status located in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties are eligible to apply.

What types of projects are funded?
Grants are made to the following areas: community and economic development, community and organizational capacity building, planning, and leadership development.  STW Development Foundation seeks to invest in programs that offer the greatest opportunity for change in the region, leverage investment of other resources, and improve the quality or scope of charitable works in the region.

Is there a deadline for grant applications?
No - the STW Development Foundation accepts grant applications on a rolling basis.

What is the grant application process?
Local governments and other eligible non-profit organizations are strongly encouraged to contact the STW Development Foundation before submitting a proposal.  The STW Development Foundation Board meets periodically to determine if grant proposals will be approved or declined.

Who decides how the Foundation's fund are distributed?
The professional staff and Board review all grant applications first.  The Board is a group of highly respected community leaders who are knowledgeable about the chartiable needs of the community.  Individuals who have "Donor Advised Funds" can participate in the grantmaking process by suggesting grants from their fund.

Are grant decisions made public?
All grants made by the STW Development Foundation are made public through the Foundation's publications and may be subject to additional publicity.