Apply for a Grant

Since 1997, Adirondack Foundation has been committed to leading and inspiring the growth of generosity and community investment to benefit the Adirondack region. Grantmaking is a critical part of our mission as a community foundation.

Adirondack Foundation awards between $2 million and $3 million in grants annually to nonprofit organizations, community groups and municipalities. These grants, which include the funds below as well as our Donor Advised Funds and Designated Funds, support five broad areas of interest: community vitality, arts and culture, environmental protection, education, and human well being.

Eligible organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public agency, school, or municipality in the Adirondack Region of New York. Nonprofit organizations or community groups who do not have 501(c)(3) status may apply for grant awards if another eligible organization acts as a fiscal sponsor. Applicants must provide services and employ staff without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Please see the table below for a complete breakdown of available grants, including deadlines, instructions on how to apply and a brief description of each program.

Grant NameHow to ApplyDeadlineRegionDescription
Adirondack Foreign Language Enhancement FundOnline Grants Manager Jan. 15Adirondack RegionFor initiatives that enrich and increase capacity for foreign language instruction in Adirondack schools (K-12)
Christopher Emmet Hallowell FundOnline Grants ManagerRollingAdirondack RegionSupports families caring for severely ill children and young adults.
Community Fund for the Gore Mountain RegionOnline Grants ManagerTBD in 2017Gore Moutain RegionSupports the charitable needs of the town of Chester, Horicon, Johnsburg, Minvera and Schroon.
Essex Community FundOnline Grants ManagerMay 26, 2017EssexSupports the charitable needs of the town of Essex.
Generous Acts FundOnline Grants ManagerFeb. 13, 2017
Adirondack RegionThe 2016-17 priority focus areas are: Early childhood education and Quality of life for elders.
Saranac Lake Public School Education FundDownload ApplicationRollingSaranac Lake To enhance the education of Saranac Lake public school students and to recognize the role public education plays in preserving our open society and our freedoms.
Small Grants for Small ChildrenOnline Grants ManagerRollingClinton, Essex and Franklin CountiesA funding program for daycare providers in Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.
Special and Urgent Needs FundOnline Grants ManagerRollingAdirondack RegionProvides short-term assistance to area nonprofits experiencing unforeseen gaps in funding or other exigencies.
Uihlein Ironman Sports FundOnline Grants ManagerAug. 1Adirondack RegionProvides financial support for promising young competitors and provides program support to nonprofit sports organizations that introduce area youth to sports.