• Brant Lake Literacy program at YMCA

Generous Acts: A Force for Good

Since 2014, Generous Acts has awarded more than $1 million in grants to nonprofits, schools, and community-based organizations. We seek applications that are mindful of underserved populations, help address racial, economic, or other disparities, and demonstrate collaboration and community buy-in. These are especially important considerations as the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 persist and we must work together toward a brighter and more inclusive future.

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    Basic Needs

    Providing basic needs for people such as food and housing, creating age-friendly communities, enhancing home and community-based services from early childhood development to elder care.

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    Educational Pathways

    Promoting literacy, improving school-readiness for young children, strengthening post-secondary pathways and support networks for education and employment

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    Economic + Community Vitality

    Supporting local workforce initiatives to train workers and fill jobs, improving access to child care and other support services for working families, overcoming economic or racial inequities, bolstering civic engagement, addressing community-defined needs.

  • Applications are available through our Online Grants Manager. You can also find a sample budget here.

  • Nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities located in or serving the people of the Adirondack Region, defined for this purpose as all of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties as well as the parts of Herkimer, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington counties within the Adirondack Park boundary and the Saint Regis Mohawk Reservation.

  • Sure. We will fund operations or specific programs/projects, but do not typically fund large capital campaigns, tuition assistance, or re-granting programs.

  • Once a year. The 2021 application opened on December 21, 2020, and had to be completed by close of business on February 1, 2021.

  • Applications are evaluated based on the degree to which the request aligns with Adirondack Foundation’s priority program areas, as well as effectiveness, articulation of need (e.g., working to address inequality, reaching an underserved population, backed by data), and capacity of applicants to carry out the work.

  • A committee of trustees works with program staff to review applications. During the review process, we may call an applicant for additional information or clarification, request a meeting, or reach out to regional experts for guidance.

  • No, please just share your project budget in the “budget and timeline” field and upload a summary of the town or school overall expenses in the “financial statements” field.

  • Yes, we have a few:

    • Please tie your request to the larger problem you are trying to solve or need you are addressing and use data if you can.
    • Write in the active voice; tell us a compelling story about who benefits from your work.
    • To the extent possible, we’d prefer a single application from a school rather than from individual teachers (The request can be for multiple efforts within the same school; we encourage you to collaborate).
  • Absolutely!

  • We have funds dedicated to specific geographic areas and fields of interest that accept applications. Please see our other grant opportunities here.

1. Read the above to determine your eligibility. 
2. If you have never used our Online Grants Manager, start by creating an account. If you already have an account, log in and follow the prompts. 

For more information, visit our Online Grants Manager page

3. Complete and submit your application.

You will receive an email confirmation after your application has been successfully submitted.

4. Wait to hear if you’ve received funding. 
5. Promote your grant. 

For those applicants who have been notified that they’ve received funding, you can access our Grantee Resources portal, where you’ll find sample press releases, sample social media posts, various versions of our logo, and other tools to help you share the good news. Don’t forget to tag us in your communications so that we can amplify your good work on our own digital channels.

6. Submit required reporting as needed.

As part of this grant, we ask recipients to submit a six-month follow-up report through the Online Grants Manager. These reports play an important role in our grantmaking process, providing both data and insight that help us measure impact, identify trends, and learn about obstacles. A friendly electronic reminder with instructions on how to complete this report will be sent prior to the deadline.

Andrea Grout, Program Officer

Andrea Grout

Program Officer