Community Fund Grantmaking

Community Funds provide an ongoing, dependable philanthropic resource for the specific geographic areas they serve. Each Community Fund has a committee of active, well connected individuals that works to raise charitable dollars to grow the funds. The committees review and recommend grants through a competitive process. These community fund committee members expand our network of ambassadors and introduce Adirondack Foundation to the greater Adirondack community.

Please review the information below to learn how to apply to your community fund.

Essex Community Fund

  • Eligibility:  Nonprofit organizations in the town of Essex
  • Grant Range:  Up to $5,000
  • Interest Area: Community services, beautification, historic preservation, culture and the arts, education, recreation and programs for youth and seniors.  The Fund typically gives strong preference to capacity building grants or modest one-time capital projects. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Advisory Council of ECF understands that this is a time of great need for the nonprofits serving Essex. Therefore, in this 2020 funding cycle the Community Fund will consider support for operating expenses as well as capacity building or capital projects.
  • Application Deadline:  June 1, 2020
  • How to Apply: Applications are accepted through our Online Grants Manager. If you are already familiar with the Grants Manager, click here to log in.

Visit ECF's website to learn more!

Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region

  • Eligibility:  Nonprofit organizations in the towns of Johnsburg, Chestertown, Minerva, Horicon and Schroon 
  • Grant Range:  Up to $1,000
  • Interest Area:  Community beautification, historic preservation, culture and the arts, education, recreation and programs for youth and seniors
  • Application Deadline: June 1, 2020
  • How to Apply: Applications are accepted through our Online Grants Manager. If you are already familiar with the Grants Manager, click here to log in.

Click here to learn more about CFGMR