Applying To The Gebbie Foundation



Strategic Focus

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 Plan via selected contributions and commitment of staff time to those organizations and entities whose mission supports the plan’s 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.


An unsolicited application may be considered if it falls within the above stated Strategic Focus. In this case, a prospective applicant may submit a 1-2 page Letter of Inquiry (LOI) via Chautauqua Grants ( for review. If approved, the applicant will be invited to complete a full application.


Recent Strategic Investments
in Jamestown

The following is a sampling of the sorts of projects and initiatives we have previously funded and fit within out current Strategic Focus. This list should help you to evaluate if your request for grant funding is likely to be considered by our board of directors.




National Comedy Center
Pre-opening costs
Jamestown Center City Development Corporation
Northwest Arena Operating, Capital, & Debt Service
Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency
Wayfinding plan and Implementation
$ 100,000
Jamestown Renaissance Corporation
Downtown Jamestown Revitalization Projects
$ 591,968


The Foundation leverages financial and human resources through collaboration, cooperation, and partnership.