Apply to the Generous Acts Fund

The Generous Acts Fund (GAF) is an unrestricted pool of gifts made by people who care about our communities.  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 Fund (GAF) grants are single-year and competitive. The Generous Acts Fund is always looking for highly impactful and innovative opportunities to make grants. To help organizations determine whether to apply this year, the Foundation provides these 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
    Programs or projects providing age-friendly, or healthy lifestyle opportunities, community wellness, home and community-based services from early childhood development to elder care.
  •  Educational Opportunity       

Programs or projects promoting literacy, improving school readiness, enhancing educational experiences, and developing work skills.

  •  Economic & Community Vitality

Programs or projects addressing economic challenges, and bolstering community livability and vitality.

The Foundation will also review applications that might fill an unusual and pressing need that does not appear in these guidelines. Please contact Adirondack Foundation staff at (518) 523-9904 prior to completing your application. 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. Also, if your application is successful and your program needs change after being awarded a grant, 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.

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.

2019 applications must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4. 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.