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Grant Guidelines
The Northern New York Community Foundation accepts grant requests to support the work of non-profit, tax-exempt organizations in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The agencies must serve this specific region, and through their mission and community efforts, enhance the quality of life in the area.

The Community Foundation awards grants to programs and projects that are responsive to changing community needs, in areas such as: human services, health and wellness, arts and culture, education, families and youth, community development, recreation and more. Our organization encourages grant requests designed for meaningful and valuable impact in Northern New York. Proposals will also be evaluated based on the quality of planning, leadership, support, funding available for disbursement, passion and vision expressed in the application.

To begin the conversation, we ask that you contact the Community Foundation by email, phone or letter and share a brief summary of your grant request. It is also important to request our Community Foundation grant guidelines for the year. You may do so by emailing

The grant guidelines outline the Community Foundation's grantmaking process, which includes:

*Grant application deadlines and eligibility
*Requests to support capital items
*Steps to completing a successful proposal
*Staff, committee and board review
*Notification of grant award or denial
*Grant reporting and evaluation

Grant applications are reviewed four times each year. Grant requests of $5,000 or less may be approved at the committee level. Larger grant requests are referred to the Board of Directors with a committee recommendation. Applicants will be notified of the grant award or denial by letter after the Board of Directors meeting.

St. Lawrence County grant proposals are reviewed twice a year and must be submitted by April 17, 2015 and August 14, 2015 to be considered.


Grant Application Deadline Board Meeting
January 23, 2015 March 24, 2015
April 17, 2015 June 23, 2015
August 14, 2015 October 27, 2015
October 16, 2015 December 15, 2015

Contact Information:

Max DelSignore, Assistant Director
Northern New York Community Foundation
120 Washington Street, Suite 400
Watertown, NY  13601
Phone: (315) 782-7110
Fax: 315-782-0047


Northern New York Community Foundation, Inc.

HSBC Building • Suite 400 • 120 Washington Street • Watertown, New York 13601
 Phone: 315-782-7110 • Fax: 315-782-0047 • Email:

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