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Grants to New York Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies to Address Community Needs in Eligible Locations

Generous Acts Program


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Geographic Focus
USA: New York: Adirondack region: all of Clinton, Franklin, Essex, and Hamilton counties as well as the parts of St. Lawrence, Warren, Herkimer, and Washington counties

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/08/24
Deadline: 02/13/24 Close of Business Save

Grant Description
Grants to New York nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities to benefit local communities in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support operations and programs. Priority is given to proposals that are sensitive to underserved populations. Applicants must be located in or serve the people of the Adirondack Region, defined for this purpose as all of Clinton, Franklin, Essex, and Hamilton counties as well as the parts of St. Lawrence, Warren, Herkimer, and Washington counties within the Adirondack Park boundary.

The Foundation seeks applications that are mindful of underserved populations, help address racial, economic, or other disparities, and demonstrate collaboration and community buy-in. The Foundation seeks to work together toward a brighter, more inclusive future. Generous Acts grants focus on meeting pressing needs or investing in long-term change in the following priority areas.

Current focus areas:

  • Basic Needs: The Foundation's vision is that residents of all ages have equitable access to services that enable and promote a healthy quality of life.
  • Educational Pathways: 1) All children benefit from high-quality early learning and development, and 2) All learners have meaningful opportunities to pursue pathways to gainful employment and fulfilling lives. 
  • Economic Vitality: Thriving communities provide equitable and just economic opportunity, build generational wealth, attract residents and businesses, and inspire community participation.

For information about grant priority areas see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Nonprofit organizations, schools, and municipalities located in or serving the
people of the Adirondack Region may apply. The region is defined as all of Clinton, Essex, Franklin, and Hamilton counties as well as the parts of Herkimer, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington counties within the Adirondack Park boundary.

The Foundation does not typically fund capital campaigns, regranting programs, tuition assistance, or one-time events.

Pre-Proposal Conference
A virtual information session will be held on Monday, January 8, 2024, at 2 pm

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Pre-Application Information
Key dates
- Monday, January 8, 2024 – application goes live
- Monday, January 8, 2024, 2 pm – virtual info session on Zoom
- Tuesday, February 13, 2024 – application due
- By Wednesday, April 24, 2024 – award notifications

Applicants who have received grants from other funds at the Adirondack Foundation can still apply to Generous Acts.

Application information:

Estimated Size of Grant
Generous Acts awards both small grants that range from $2,500 - $7,500 and several larger grants that invest in long-term change and range from $10,000 - $20,000.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Direct questions to Adirondack Foundation staff at 518.523.9904 or email Leslee Mounger at before submitting your application.

Adirondack Foundation
PO Box 288
Lake Placid, NY 12946

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