Apply to Generous Acts

Generous Acts is a force for good, backed by generous donors who care deeply about local communities. 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 work together toward a brighter and more inclusive future.


We seek applications that align with the following priority program areas:  basic needs, educational pathways, and economic + community vitality. We will fund operations or specific programs/projects, but do not typically fund large capital campaigns, tuition assistance or re-granting programs.

To help organizations determine whether to apply this year, we provide the following guidelines.

  • 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

  • Educational Pathways      

Promoting literacy, improving school-readiness for young children, strengthening post-secondary pathways and support networks for education and employment
(If you are interested in taking a deeper dive into our thinking with regard to college and career readiness click here.)

  • 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 

Read our Frequently Asked Questions, as they may help you with your request. 

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 are altered 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. You can also find a sample budget here.

Grant size: Typical grants range from $2,500 to $5,000 with a few in the $10,000 to $20,000 range.
Adirondack Foundation may fund all or a portion of your request.

Who can apply: 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.

2021 application deadline is Monday, February 1st, all completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Grant notifications will be in late March.

As part of this grant, we ask recipients to submit a six-month follow-up report. 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.