Apply to the Generous Acts Program

The Generous Acts Program is a force for good that pools donations to amplify impact.  Our Board of Trustees and staff, advised by an information network that spans the region, does the groundwork, research, and evaluation required to make effective grants — so our donors’ charitable dollars stretch for greatest impact. 

Each gift, joined with the gifts of others, works to solve the most pressing needs in our region by empowering Adirondack Foundation to focus its efforts and grantmaking where philanthropy can make the biggest difference.

GAF is a flexible, ongoing resource for Adirondack communities. We cannot see into the future, but the fund will be here to respond to whatever circumstances arise.


Generous Acts Program grants are single-year and competitive. The Foundation is always looking for highly impactful and innovative opportunities to make grants. To help organizations determine whether to apply this year, we provide the following guidelines.

In previous years, Adirondack Foundation prioritized applications supporting early childhood development and quality of life for seniors. In 2019, the Foundation is broadening our focus to supporting one or more of these areas:

  • Human & Family Wellbeing
    Providing basic needs for people such as food and housing, creating age-friendly opportunities for wellbeing, enhancing home and community-based services from early childhood development to elder care.
  •  Educational Opportunity       

Promoting literacy, improving school readiness, enhancing educational experiences, developing work skills.

  •  Economic & Community Vitality

Addressing economic challenges such as downtown revitalization, strengthening pathways toward upward economic mobility, bolstering community livability and vitality.

If you have any questions about applying, please contact Adirondack Foundation staff at (518) 523-9904. This program will not fund capital campaigns. 

Note to all applicants: Please be sure to describe the need that your program addresses and why it is important. If you are awarded funding and your needs change from your original request,  you must check in with us before changing the way the funds will be used.

Applications are available through our Online Grants Manager. We encourage you to read our Frequently Asked Questions page before beginning the application process - you can also find a sample budget here

Grant size: Typical grants will be in the $1,000 to $2,500 range. A limited number may be as high as $10,000.

Who can apply: Nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities. If you have questions about whether your program meets the criteria, please contact us. Adirondack Foundation's service area is defined as the Adirondack Park as well as all of Franklin and Clinton counties. If your organization exists outside this service area, but its programs provide services to communities with those boundaries, you are still eligible to apply.

2020 application deadline is Monday, February 3rd, all completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Grant notifications will be in late March.

Grant recipients may be asked to submit a follow-up report six months after the award on how the grant funds were used and how you would assess the project. An electronic notification will be sent to you if you are required to submit a follow-up report and an electronic reminder will be sent before the report is due.