Collaborations

Some of the best work being done by community organizations across the region happens through collaboration, one of the most powerful agents of positive community change. Organizations involved with this kind of work strive for innovative solutions to meet opportunities. Collaborations grants support organizations joining together across sectors and geographic boundaries to solve problems and seize opportunities.  This may include working with government and schools. Grants will range $5,000-$10,000, with the possibility of multi-year funding.

This program funds projects that:

Contribute to Community Vitality (educate & nurture, improve community, develop economy & create jobs, attract and keep residents in the Adirondack region, engage retirees and enhance technology, arts & culture.)

Support a Healthy Environment (land use & conservation, water quality, health/wellness, food systems)

Priority will be given to projects that have outcome measurements that are built into the program for which funding is sought and work across traditional boundaries such as sectors and communities. This program will not fund capital campaigns.

Who Can Apply?

  • Who can apply: Applications will be considered from nonprofit organizations, schools, or municipal entities.

Typically, applications will be accepted from one lead organization in association with one or more additional partners. Under exceptional circumstances, organizations may apply without partner organizations; the proposal will be considered if it otherwise meets the criteria above.
The best applications have clearly defined their collaboration with partners across sectors and/or geographic boundaries and have clearly defined goals and measures of success. 
Collaboration would not normally be defined as vendors or presenters for a project, members of an organization or multiple funders. Organizations that are collaborative as part of their mission would normally be considered for funding if they are partnering with another group outside their sector or geographic service area. Collaborations grants will not normally fund a single event.

  • If you have any questions about whether your program fits the criteria we encourage you to call Foundation staff prior to completing your application.  518-523-9904

Grant Size

  • Maximum grant size: $10,000. Multi-year funding is available but not guaranteed.

Deadlines and Notifications

  • 2014: September 15 deadline, notifications in October.

Grant applications will be accepted from organizations that are located in or serve the people of the Adirondack region. Organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public agency or municipality in the Adirondack region of NY. Nonprofit organizations or community groups who do not have 501(c)(3) status may apply for grant awards if another tax-exempt organization acts as a fiscal sponsor. Applicants must employ staff and provide services without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Typically, applications will be accepted from one lead organization in association with one or more additional partners. Under exceptional circumstances, organizations may apply without partner organizations; the proposal will be considered if it otherwise meets the criteria above. 

Application process: All applications must be submitted electronically via the Online Grants Manager. Visit Apply for a Grant to learn how to use the Grants Manager, including accessing your existing account or registering for the first time. The electronic application form will be available after logging in to your account.