Frequently Asked Questions

What is the preferred method to submit an application?

For grant processes that use our new Online Grants Manager, that is the only way we will accept applications.  For other processes, we prefer that applications be submitted electronically via PDF.  Please contact Adirondack Foundation staff to discuss. 

Does the application need to be received at the Adirondack Foundation office on the due date?

For grant processes using our new Online Grants Manager, applications must be recieved by 5:00 pm on the deadline date.  For all other applications, they must be postmarked by the deadline date.

Do I have to send multiple copies of all the attachments?

For grant processes using our new Online Grants Manager, only one attachment is required.  For all other application processes, please send as many as is requested on the application.

How can I be sure I am sending everything required for a grant application?

If you read all instructions and follow the guidelines carefully, you will be in great shape.

If I send a letter describing my project before the application deadline, would you review it?

No. But if you have read the guidelines provided on our website and still have questions about eligibility, you can certainly call or email us for guidance.

If I send in my application ahead of the deadline, will someone read it and give me feedback?

No. Out of fairness to all applicants, we review applications only after the deadline has passed. But if you have questions about the grant guidelines on our website, you can certainly call or email us.

If I received a grant last year, can I apply again?

Yes, although we rarely fund the same project for two consecutive years. If you received a grant last year, you will need to submit a final report for that year’s grant before we will consider a new grant application.  

How do I find out about, or contact, your advised funds?

The vast majority of Adirondack Foundation s funds do not accept applications for support, as the grantmaking is either advised by a living donor to meet his or her charitable objectives, or is predetermined by a specific fund purpose (such as an annual scholarship award or a permanently designated annual grant to a specific nonprofit organization). As a service to fundholders who request it, we let them know of proposals that we receive in their areas of interest, but grantseekers can not directly apply to, or contact, these advised funds at this time.  

What is a 501(c)(3)?

The 501(c)(3) is a section of the tax code which indicates the IRS has determined an organization to be a charitable not for profit entity. When applying through our Online Grants Manager, you must include your EIN# (Federal Tax ID) when you register your account.  If you are in the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) status, a copy of a receipt/acknowledgement from the IRS that the paperwork has been received will suffice, however an award check will not be issued until the IRS has determined your 501(c)(3) status. 

What is a fiscal sponsor?

Our grants must be paid to a 501(c)(3), town or municipality, church or public school. If your organization does not have 501(c)(3) status, you might be able to use a fiscal sponsor which is an organization with a mission that is supported by your project.  They must be willing to accept money on your behalf, and they would be ultimately responsible for making sure the project is completed and that all grant reports are filed as required. Some organizations charge a fee to be a sponsor. If you need to use a fiscal sponsor, we require a the EIN# from the sponsor's 501(c)(3) determination letter and a copy of the sponsor's financial statements with your application.

What is a W-9 form, and why do I need to complete one?

IRS Form W-9 is the Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification form. We require a completed W-9 for individuals receiving grants over $600 from certain funds. (Uihlein-Ironman Sports Fund, Christopher Emmet Hallowell Fund etc.) If you are an individual who has gotten a grant for over $600 and need to complete one of these forms, download one here and return to the Adirondack Foundation office either via fax 518-523-9905, or email: