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City/County/Local Organizations

  • Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation & Improvement Corp (CHRIC)
      First time home buyer programs, home repair programs, emergency roof repair prgrams

  • Chautauqua Opportunities (C.O.I.)
    • COI leading the fight against poverty by mobilizing resources and creating partnerships to promote empowerment, economic independence and opportunities
    • Mortgage Assistance, 502/504 Loans, Child Care Council
    • #716-366-3333

  • Small Business Development Center at Jamestown Community College
    • The SBDC delivers high quality business counseling and training to clients looking to start a business or improve the performance of an existing business.  To request an appointment with one of our certified business advisors, go to our website at or call 716-338-1024.
    • Free Classes on Different Business Topics on the Online Business Academy at 

  • Chautauqua Opportunities Business Development (C.O.D.I.)
    • #716-366-8176 ext. 3307
    • CODI is an affiliate corporation of Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. that builds from COI's mission to alleviate poverty by promoting self-sufficiency with focus to develop opportunities for new and existing entrepreneurs within our lending area by providing access to capital, technical consulting, and training.
    • For the CODI Brochure, click here
    • Micro Business Loans: CODI's newest installment loan product features loan amounts between $500 to $5,000. Rates are set at Prime + 3% secured or Prime + 6% unsecured. Funds can be used for business purposes such as working capital, equipment, inventory and marketing.
    • Term Loans: Term loans are secured loans that span from $1,000 to $50,000. Rates range from Prime + 2% to Prime +4%. Funds can be used for any business need such as the purchase of: machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, marketing, advertising, real estate, inventory, and more.
    • Line of Credit: Lines of credit are secured and span from $1,000 to $50,000 and are based on the needs of the business. Rates are set at Prime + 2%. Whether for payroll or vendor coverage, a line of credit can sometimes be more useful to a business than a term loan.

  • City of Dunkirk Small Business Loan Program (Revolving Loan Fund RLF)
    • Dunkirk, NY (
    • #716-366-9878 or contact the Department of Planning & Development
    • The objective of this program is to facilitate the expansion and retention of business activity within the City of Dunkirk, create employment opportunities, and expand the City’s tax base.
    • Term Loans: Term loans are secured loans that span from $2,000 to $25,000. Rates are determined per loan.
    • Eligibility Requirements apply.

  • Dunkirk Office for the Aging
    • #716-363-3865
    • Available Resources for Aging or Disabled Assistance

  • NY Connects
    • NY Connects is your trusted place to go for free, unbiased information about long term services and supports in New York State for people of all ages or with any type of disability.

  • NYS Office for the Aging
    • Get Assistance | Office for the Aging (
    • The New York State Office for the Aging's (NYSOFA's) home and community-based programs provide older persons access to a well-planned, coordinated package of in-home and other supportive services designed to support and supplement informal care. NYSOFA's overall goal is to improve access to, and availability of, appropriate and cost-effective non-medical support services for older individuals to maximize their ability to age in their community and avoid higher levels of care and publicly financed care.

  • NYS SNAP (Food Stamps) Assistance

  • NYS Supplement Program
    • New York State Supplement Program | OTDA (
    • The State Supplemental Program is funded by NYS general tax revenues. Summary of The Supplemental Security Income benefit provides a minimum level of monthly income to eligible individuals or couples nationwide who are aged, blind or disabled, as well as to eligible disabled or blind children.

  • PACE For Seniors
    • PACE for Seniors: Comprehensive Care for Those Who Need it Most -
    • PACE is an optional Medicare and Medicaid benefit that serves older adults who meet their state’s standards for nursing home-level care. PACE offers comprehensive medical and social services that can be provided at an adult day health center, in a participant’s home, and/or in an inpatient facility. For most patients, these services enable them to continue living in their own homes, rather than moving to a long-term care facility.

  • State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
  • Substance Misuse Rehab Treatment 
    • Find Dunkirk, New York Drug And Alcohol Rehabs Near You |
    • was developed by bringing together experts in substance misuse treatment from leading nonprofit, academic, and government institutions. Through this important resource, individuals can hear stories from people with similar experiences, discover the answers they need for recognizing and dealing with substance misuse, and locate support.