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The Rural New York Grant Fund has awarded grants to communities and non-profit agencies in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties.

The Little Valley Comprehensive Planning Committee received $2,759 to compile a planning initiative for the village and town, while the Town of Ellicottville was awarded $5,000 in in-kind service by Lockwood Mapping Co. to organize town maps for education and municipal uses.

The Village of Cuba was presented $2,413 to complete a nomination to the National Historic Register, and the Allegany County Tourist Promotion Council received $2,000 to prepare a 1999 county travel guide and map.

Since its inception in 1993, the program has donated more than $1 million to local groups involved in planning, conservation, land use and open-space projects and historic preservation in rural communities in the state.

The funds are drawn from the J.M. Kaplan, Andy Warhol, Margaret L. Wendt, Philip Morris, Corning Inc. and Northern New York Communities foundations.

The funds provide seed money to help preserve and improve rural New York communities.

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