• Yes, for COVID-19 we seek to address food insecurity, strengthen access to child care, provide assistance for low-wage workers and elderly residents, as well as organizations working to overcome disparities heightened by the pandemic. 

    NOTE: We will review applications for grants related to the costs of reopening to the public and will give priority to those from organizations providing essential services such as child or elder care, education, health care, or emergency services, when other potential resources for these costs have been exhausted. Reopening applications should include a detailed budget of expenses and those grants are capped at $2,500.  

  • Yes, this fund is available to help with emergency repairs whose sudden and unexpected failure interferes with provision of services (for example: repair costs for a damaged roof due to an unexpected weather event, or failure of a backup generator during a power outage).

  • Yes, we can help an organization get back on its feet when faced with unforeseen needs that hinder the operation of your organization or ability to meet your mission (for example: training for educators or school counselors to remain compliant with state regulations for school security procedures, or emergency staffing needs).

  • We accept applications to help take advantage of a special, time-sensitive opportunity that will enable an organization to advance its mission or grow its capacity in a meaningful way.

  • We do not make grants from SUN Fund for ongoing capital expenses, endowments, capital campaigns, religious purposes, individuals, debts, or for equipment (unless it is an integral part of an otherwise eligible project). We also do not fund budget deficits, strategic planning, or organizational development from this fund. Additionally, we are unlikely to fund projects that arise from deferred maintenance.

  • The SUN Fund can also be used to support local businesses and families in future disaster circumstances if one of the following criteria is established (1) aiding individual business owners who are financially needy or distressed; or (2) combating community deterioration.

    NOTE: We cannot earmark donations to specifically benefit an individual or business. We can accept donations to the SUN Fund to benefit a broad charitable class.

  • Typical grants range from $250 to $5,000. In special cases, grants could be larger.

  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and can be accessed via Adirondack Foundation’s Online Grants Manager

Andrea Grout, Program Officer

Andrea Grout

Program Officer