The current strategic focus of Gebbie Foundation is to rejuvenate downtown Jamestown through economic development to make it an attractive place to work, live, shop, and visit. This shall be done by leveraging financial and human resources through collaboration, cooperation, and partnership. Continued support of the Urban Design Plan (UDP), UDP 2.0 and other relevant plans via selected contributions and commitment of staff time to those organizations and entities whose mission supports the plans’ implementation shall be prioritized.
Investments vs. Grants
In order to make the greatest impact on community and economic development within the City of Jamestown, the Gebbie Foundation takes a proactive rather than a reactive stance when accepting funding proposals. The Foundation follows the practice of inviting entities to apply based on objectives identified by the Board of Directors.
Application Process: An unsolicited application may be considered if it falls within the above stated Strategic Focus and if it is submitted by an organization with 501(c)(3) status with the Internal Revenue Service. In this case, a prospective applicant should create an account on Chautauqua Grants to upload a 1-2 page Letter of Inquiry (LOI) for review (www.chautauquagrants.org). Staff at the Foundation will receive a notice that the letter was uploaded. Please allow 2 weeks from the date of submission for a decision on the LOI. If approved, the website will open a draft application for you to complete.
2022 Deadlines for 2023 Grant Funding
Thursday, August 4, 2022 – 1st Letter of Inquiry deadline for 2023 grant requests
Thursday, August 18, 2022 –1st deadline for full applications for 2023 grant funding
Thursday, October 13, 2022 – 2nd Letter of Inquiry deadline for 2023 grant requests
Thursday, October 27, 2022 – 2nd & final deadline for 2023 grant funding
2022 Approved Strategic Investments
The following is a list of projects and initiatives we are currently funding that fit within our current Strategic Focus. This list should help you evaluate if your request for grant funding is likely to be considered by our Board of Directors.
- Jamestown Center City Development Corporation $1,448,053.09
- Jamestown Renaissance Corporation $360,000
- National Comedy Center $265,436.54
- Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce $101,465
- Chautauqua Region Economic Development Corporation $80,000
The Foundation leverages financial and human resources through collaboration, cooperation, and partnership.