Lake Placid Education Foundation

The Lake Placid Education Foundation makes grants to qualified organizations on an annual basis. Grants range from $500 to as much as $50,000 in special circumstances. Total annual grants in recent years have amounted to $280,000.

Although grants can be made elsewhere, primary support goes to applicants in the Adirondack region area of New York State. Except in very special circumstances, grants are not awarded to organizations for land acquisition, capital campaigns, or endowment purposes. Additionally, grants are not made to individuals.

Who is eligible to apply?

Organizations are encouraged to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • Classified as charities under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or
  • Certain governmental units providing services to the general public in the areas of education and libraries
  • We encourage partnerships and collaborations.


Applications will not be accepted before March 2021 and are due no later than 5:00 p.m. May 1, 2021.
At that time all applications to be submitted online through the Online Grants Manager.  Please contact Andrea Grout for eligibility and application information.

Important to note

We suggest applicants include overall goals and objectives of their organization with details about specific projects, if applicable. Financial information and project budget are optional – no more than two pages if submitted. 

History of the Lake Placid Education Foundation

Melvil Dewey, who also started the Lake Placid Club, Northwood School, and Forest Press, founded the Lake Placid Education Foundation. Mr. Dewey is best known for his invention of the Dewey Decimal Classification, which is a system used throughout the world for the organization and classification of knowledge in libraries.

Programs supported by the Lake Placid Education Foundation

  • Grants are made to schools, both public and private, for many different purposes, including scholarships, equipment, operating expenses or other special needs.
  • Libraries are supported through grants for collection additions, special studies, staff training, operations, equipment, etc.
  • Arts and other cultural organizations are aided for educational activities especially those linked with educational institutions and those that relate to general public education.
  • Restorations programs to provide educators and librarians with the opportunity to “renew” themselves through quiet study and relaxation away from the pressure of their usual work environment.
  • Seedsowing – the study of new ideas in the areas of education and library science, helping organizations start new projects and assisting innovation in a variety of ways.

Additional information

Grant recipients of over $1,000 will be required to submit a six-month follow-up report through the applicant's Online Grants Manager account. An electronic reminder with instructions on how to complete this report will be sent prior to the deadline. Questions regarding application to LPEF will only be accepted by email at