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The Southern Tier West Development Foundation is interested in working with communities who recognize the importance of local planning and development, but lack ample or sufficient capacity to act on it.  An essential factor in our investment decision is identifying specific financial needs that the Southern Tier West Development Foundation support can address.  An applicant's ability to demonstrate local community support for the proposed activity is an important factor.

Our grantmaking is limited to Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua Counties in New York, and are typically in the $500 to $2,500 range.  We will grant up to 50% of the total project cost.  All grant requests must be matched dollar for dollar in cash from the grant seeker.  The Foundation views its financial support as an incentive for communities to initiate new or expand upon existing local development activities.

  • The Southern Tier West Development Foundation makes every effort to remain flexible so it can espond to requests on a project-by-project basis

  • It is not the practice of the Foundation to fund personnel expenses or salaries

  • It is the Foundation's policy that Board members who are connected to an applicant's project can participate in the discussion of the project, but may not vote on the application