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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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Cloudsplitter Foundation

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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.

If applying please consider the following funding guidelines:

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.

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.

Certain municipal redevelopment projects can be supported through local redevelopment corporations.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182952

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations that benefit the Adirondacks, and the people that live there, are eligible to apply. Solicitations are accepted from accredited local charities and institutions that meet the Foundation's mission statement.

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.

Although 501c3 corporations like the Cloudsplitter Foundation cannot give to for-profit businesses, certain municipal redevelopment projects can be supported if through local redevelopment corporations. 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.

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

How to Apply:

- For recurring operational support of institutions that meet the funding source's mission statement, support that may be renewed annually without a full re-application can be requested using the Mission-support Request Form and either mailed or emailed to the address below.

- For major, non-recurring grants, e.g., capital campaigns, a specific proposal along with the Grant Request Form should be sent by mail or email to the address below. The Foundation will want to schedule an interview for any major contributions that are solicited.

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


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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York: the Adirondacks