Adirondack Foundation announces 2017 grant cycle

Generous Acts Fund top priorities are early childhood education and quality of life for seniors

Adirondack Foundation will make grants from the Generous Acts Fund for the third year in 2017 thanks to donors from across the region. The Foundation has made a commitment to increasing the fund over time.

Applications are now being accepted at The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Feb. 13, 2017.

“The Generous Acts Fund was established by Adirondack Foundation as a perpetual and flexible resource to drive positive and enduring social change in the Adirondack region,” said Adirondack Foundation Trustee Rich Kroes, co-chair of the Generous Acts Fund. “We aim to provide funds to address unmet current and future needs in our communities. We don’t know what our communities will need 25, 50, or 100 years from now. Whatever challenges or opportunities our communities will be facing then, the Generous Acts Fund will be there to make a difference.”

“This is an unrestricted fund that pools the gifts of people who care,” said Cali Brooks, president and CEO of Adirondack Foundation. “It allows us respond to pressing needs and emerging opportunities. We want to reward creativity, innovation, and what we call social entrepreneurship.”

Generous Acts Fund (GAF) grants are single-year and competitive; current priority focus areas are early childhood education and quality of life for elders.

Adirondack Foundation’s Grants Committee will also review applications that might fill an unusual and/or pressing need that falls outside our focus areas. This program will not fund capital campaigns.

Typical grants will be in the $1,000 to $2,500 range. A limited number may be as high as $10,000. Nonprofit organizations, schools and municipalities are eligible to apply.

Applications will be accepted only through the foundation’s Online Grants Manager. Visit to see the instructions.

Please contact Adirondack Foundation Program Officer Andrea Grout at (518) 523-9904 or prior to completing your application. To view a video highlighting the impact of the Generous Acts Fund, including 2016 grant recipients, visit

You can join a movement to build the power of philanthropy in the Adirondacks with a gift to the Generous Acts Fund at Adirondack Foundation. To make a tax-deductible gift, visit Thank you.