Apply to Generous Acts

Generous Acts is a force for good that pools donations to amplify impact.  Adirondack Foundation, advised by an information network that spans the region, does the groundwork, research, and evaluation required to make effective grants — to ensure our donors’ charitable dollars stretch for greatest impact. 

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


We seek applications that align with the following priority program areas:  wellbeing, educational opportunity, and community and economic 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.

  • Wellbeing

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 Opportunity       

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

  • Economic Vitality

Supporting workforce initiatives to fill local employment needs, improving access to child care and other support services for working families, investing in local programs that demonstrate clear economic benefits 

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 will be in the $1,000 to $5,000 range. A limited number may be as high as $20,000.

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.

2020 application deadline is Monday, February 3rd, 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.