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Cloudsplitter Foundation Grant

Grants to New York Nonprofits in the Adirondacks to Promote Economic
Development, Wilderness Preservation, and Civil Liberties

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations for projects and programs that benefit the cultural and physical environment in the Adirondacks and improve the quality of life for those who live there. Funding is intended for programs in the areas of economic development, humanitarian causes, wilderness preservation, and protecting civil liberties. Urgent requests, e.g., for disaster relief, will be considered on an as-needed basis.

Grants fall into two categories: repetitive annual grants to support Adirondack institutions that further the Foundation's goals, and major, non-recurring grants, e.g., capital campaigns.

The balance of the Foundation's grant-making is for strategic programs where funds donated provide leverage towards the goals of improved ecology, more livable communities, or improving and expanding local organizations that share the Foundation's goals. This frequently involves challenge grants and/or matching fund grants. The Foundation does not make outright gifts without some strategic objective tied to the grant. Grant requests with a clear strategic purpose, have leverage (e.g. attracting other funders), and generate maximum environmental or community returns from the grant funds will be given the highest priority.

-Unleveraged grant applications are less valued than grant applications that attract other donors or achieve a specific, measurable, outcome.
-Grant requests for capital campaigns will be regarded more favorably if they are a matching grant and the resulting structure or facility has a significant impact on the community.
-Grant requests for operating funds are given a lower priority than those above. For best results, these grant requests should be for a leveraged “kickstart” of a new organization, or for ongoing annual support of an established organization but for amounts that represent a small percentage of their budget.
-Lowest priority will be given to grants seeking to build an endowment or reserves.
-Organizations who have previously received funds from Cloudsplitter and reported regularly on progress/success will be given precedence in subsequent requests.
-Although 501c3 corporations like the Cloudsplitter Foundation cannot give to for-profit businesses, certain municipal redevelopment projects can be supported through a local redevelopment corporation. See Supporting Documents for the PDF on Local Development Corporations.

Types of projects that have been approved in the past by the Foundation are:
-Matching grant to endow a chair for the Watershed Institute at Paul Smith’s
-Challenge grant to finish the SkatePark campaign in Saranac Lake
-Matching grant to help fund the construction of a new lodge at Dewey Mountain
-Kick-start funds for an early childhood development program at the Adirondack Foundation
-“Small-grants-for-small-people” gifts to help day care centers acquire needed supplies and equipment
-Multi-year support to expand the Adirondack Loon Program
-A major capital gift to the Heart of the Adirondacks campaign at the Adirondack Nature Conservancy
-A challenge grant to fund a fisheries study on Follensby Pond
-A multi-year grant to help the Ausable River Association with its environmental work
-A major capital gift to help the Adirondack Museum with its refurbishment and new exhibits
-A gift to help the Saranac Lake Library complete its Kollecher collection digitalization
-A grant to Pendragon Theatre to help it fund a study of its future facilities
-A potential multi-year grant to help the Marie L. Haberl School with its environmental outreach to 4th grade students
-A multi-year grant to support Jerry Jenkin’s multi-volume project to great the first comprehensive ecological atlas of the Northern Forest
-A grant to the Strand Theater to help disadvantaged area youth attend art classes and camps
-A major grant to Adirondack Health to support the construction of a new surgical suite

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182952

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are generally limited to no more than 20% of a project budget.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will consider requests for multi-year support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations that benefit the Adirondacks and the people that live there are eligible to apply.

Grant requests from 501c3 registered charities who act as fiscal sponsors for other charities who lack 501c3 status will be accepted. The ultimate grant recipient must be a legitimate charity and cannot be a for-profit corporation.

For-profit businesses may be eligible to apply using a Local Development Corporation. See Supporting Documents for more information.

The Foundation generally will not give to endowments or their equivalent.

Pre-Application Information:

The board meets four times a year, in April, July, October, and December. Grant requests received by the end of the month preceding the meeting will be considered at the meeting that follows and awards made will be disbursed within thirty days thereafter. Grant applications received after the first day of the meeting month will be considered at the subsequent meeting.

Note: Requests made far enough in advance to allow a site visit by a trustee or staff will enhance chances for a successful grant application.

How to Apply:

For recurring support of institutions that meet the Foundation's mission statement:
Send the Foundation a request in writing, using the Grant Request Form, (see Supporting Docments below) demonstrating your need for support, listing benefits for the community, the economy, or the environment, and stating how the Foundation's financial support will improve the quality of life for current and/or future users and residents of the Park. If under $1,000 a formal grant application is not needed. List the amount and duration of support requested.

For major, non-recurring grants, e.g., capital campaigns:
A specific proposal along with the Grant Request Form should be sent. For major grants, the Foundation may request additional information and/or a face to face meeting to understand the project better.

-Please note: If you do not receive acknowledgement of receipt of your request within 5 business days, please call Chenelle (number below).

-The Foundation's decisions are made quarterly so the maximum wait for a grant request to be processed should be under three months.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail or email requests to:

PO Box 1357
Saranac Lake, NY 12983


Phone: 518-992-4900

Fax 208-275-7423

Call Chenelle at the above number for assistance.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: the Adirondacks