Cloudsplitter foundation

Requesting Grants

There are three ways to request funding from the Foundation.

  1. For small annual gifts, mail solicitations are accepted from accredited local charities without special documentation.

  2. For recurring operational support of institutions that meet our mission statement, support that may be renewed annually without a full re-application can be requested using our Mission-support Request Form (PDF version) and either mailed or emailed to the address below.  A Word version of the Mission-support Request Form is linked here.

  3. For major, non-recurring grants, e.g., capital campaigns, a specific proposal along with our Grant Request Form should be sent by mail or email to the address below.  We will want to schedule an interview for any major contributions that are solicited.  Please note: If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your request within 5 business days, please contact Chenelle at 518-992-4900.

  4. Fiscal sponsors: we can accept grants from 501c3 registered charities who act as fiscal sponsors for other charities who lack 501c3 status.  The ultimate grant recipient must be a legitimate charity and cannot be a for-profit corporation.

  5. Our board meets four times a year, in April, July, October, and December.  Grant requests received by the end of the month preceding our 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 our meeting month will be considered at the subsequent meeting.

  6. Urgent requests, e.g., for disaster relief, will be consider on an as-needed basis.

If applying please consider the following funding guidelines:

  • In order to have time to properly evaluate a grant request, requests must be received in the month before the quarterly trustee meeting (i.e., before April, July, October, December), otherwise they will be deferred to a subsequent meeting. 

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

  • 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.

  •  Organizations who have previously received funds from Cloudsplitter and reported regularly on progress/success will be given precedence in subsequent requests.

  • 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.

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

  • Lowest priority will be given to grants seeking to build an endowment or reserves.  

  • Although 501c3 corporations like the Cloudsplitter Foundation cannot give to for-profit businesses, certain municipal redevelopment projects can be supported if through a local redevelopment corporations.  Click here for more on this option.

PO Box 1357
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Phone: 518-992-4900

Fax 208-275-7423