Cloudsplitter foundation

Requesting Grants

In response to the pandemic and the associated stresses on our local food supply, healthcare, childcare, and small businesses we will prioritize grants that address those needs first.  We have also added a new category of grant to our Mission Support awards. The current annually recurring mission support awards can be up to $5,000 for operational needs.  New one-time Emergency Sustenance Awards will have no cap.  These ESAs are special-purpose grants to rescue mission-critical local not-for-profits rendered financially unstable or at risk of failure by the pandemic.     

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

·         For recurring operational support of institutions that meet our mission statement, and for major, non-recurring grants, e.g., capital campaigns or an Emergency Sustenance Award, please use our Grant Request Form and send by mail to the address below or email to  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.

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.

Our board meets four times a year, in April, July, October, and December.  Grant requests received by the 15th 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 15th day of the month preceding our meeting month will be considered at the subsequent meeting.

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 by the 15th of the month preceding the quarterly trustee meeting (i.e., by March 15th, June 15th, September 15th, and November 15th), otherwise they will be deferred to the 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.

P.O. Box 1357
Saranac Lake, NY 12983

Phone: 518-992-4900

Fax 208-275-7423