Small Grants for Small Children

Fund Purpose: A funding program for child care providers in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, and North Warren  Counties (within the Adk Park boundary) including Akwesasne.


The Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance (BT3), a program of Adirondack Foundation, is a coalition of organizations, agencies, and private funders working together to ensure all of our young children are healthy, learning, and thriving in families that are supported by a full complement of services and resources essential for success in school and life.

Small Grants for Small Children is supporting BT3’s work by making grants available to NYS licensed child care centers and in-home family care providers to support the highest standards of care for our children.

Modifications to Small Grants for Small Children Fund in response to COVID-19.

Given the extraordinary circumstances of the novel coronavirus pandemic and in an effort to better assist both child care centers and in-home providers during this time of crisis, the Small Grants for Small Children Fund will make grants between $100 - $1,000 and has modified the eligibility guidelines to offer grant support for the following:

  • Operating support to assist with lost income
  • Expenses to support increased capacity
  • Tuition assistance for affected families
  • Other unanticipated needs
  • Multiple requests in the same year will be reviewed on a case by case basis

 We will work to process your requests quickly in order to assist providers as efficiently as possible during this difficult time of need.

NOTE TO IN-HOME PROVIDERS: When you get into the Apply page in the Grants Manager, please scroll down the page to be sure you are applying for Small Grants for Small Children, NOT Special and Urgent Needs Fund.

COVID-19 Relief Assistance Info for Child Care Providers

Click here for more information.

Traditional grants will also be made to support:

  • Professional training for providers. Preference will be given to caregivers participating in QUALITYstarsNY.
  • Travel expenses for training
  • Equipment such as toys, fences, education resources, etc.
  • Tools for enrichment and engagement
  • Other early care provider needs 

Grants will not support:

Containment equipment (car seats, high chairs, bouncy seats, play pens, porta cribs, strollers, swings etc.)

Adirondack Foundation’s policy remains that in order to receive grants from the Small Grants for Small Children Fund, recipients must be found in statutory and regulatory compliance at all inspections by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Applications may be made online and will require this information:

  • Describe your funding need in detail
  • Who it will benefit?
  • Why is it important? Or: What will be different because of this grant?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Photo release
  • Budget Breakdown- Click here to see an example of a budget breakdown

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The committee will review your proposal and work with Adirondack Community Action Program, the Childcare Coordinating Council of the North Country and the Southern Adirondack Child Care Network to distribute the grants. 

If you are an independent child care provider put N/A in the Tax ID field when you create an account in the Grant Manager, and please put your last name in the Organization field, followed by the name of your child care. For example:  Smith-Tiny Tots Childcare Center