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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 or serving Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties for projects that affect the quality of life in each of these regions.

Please remember, grants are not made to individuals.

In 2013, the Foundation provided grants and scholarships totaling over $2 million dollars. For information on past awards, see our annual reports.

To view recent grant recipients, click here.

Eligible projects and programs

The Foundation encourages proposals for innovative and creative projects that address problems to be solved or opportunities to be seized in the Northern New York area. The general policy of the Foundation is to make grants to programs that are responsive to changing community needs in the areas of health, human services, education and cultural affairs.

Grants are made only for capital items and for seed money for new agencies, or new projects by established agencies. In general, in regard to capital campaigns, the Foundation will fund no more than 10% of the campaign goal. The Foundation does not fund operations or pay off deficits. We do not make grants to churches and religious organizations except in cases where projects clearly benefit the entire community.

How to submit a grant proposal

First, contact the Foundation by letter, phone or email to provide a brief summary of your program and needs and to request grant application guidelines. After an initial discussion with our staff, you may then submit a written application. After discussing your proposed project our staff may make a site visit.

Grant applications are reviewed four times a 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.

Grant Application Deadline Board Meeting
January 24, 2014 March 25, 2014
April 18, 2014 June 24, 2014
August 15, 2014 October 28, 2014
October 17, 2014 December 16, 2014

Notification of Decision

The applicant will be notified of the grant award or denial by letter after the committee meeting or Board of Directors meeting. We request that inquiries regarding the status of a grant application be made after that date. An unsuccessful grant application does not necessarily reflect the worthiness of a particular project. The Foundation receives more requests than it can fund.


Agencies receiving grants are required to submit a written evaluation of the project after all work has been completed. Foundation staff will be available to make site visits and assist in the evaluation process.

Contact Information:

Max DelSignore, Coordinator of Donor Services

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
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