The Lake Placid Education Foundation makes grants to qualified organizations on an annual basis. Although grants can be made elsewhere, primary support goes to applicants in the Adirondack region area of New York State. Except in very special circumstances, grants are not awarded to organizations for land acquisition, capital campaigns, or endowment purposes. Additionally, grants are not made to individuals.
Donor Name: Adirondack Foundation
State: New York
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 06/01/2022
Size of the Grant: 500 to $50,000
Melvil Dewey founded the Lake Placid Club, Northwood School, Forest Press, and the Lake Placid Education Foundation (LPEF). Mr. Dewey is best known for his invention of the Dewey Decimal Classification, which is a system used throughout the world for the organization and classification of knowledge in libraries. The sale of the copyright for the Dewey Decimal System provided the funds for the LPEF, which today supports libraries, schools, arts organizations, and other nonprofits throughout the Adirondacks. Adirondack Foundation and LPEF acknowledge and reject the antisemitic and racist views of Melvil Dewey, which are well documented through his own writings and in historical records.
Grants range from $500 to as much as $50,000 in special circumstances. Total annual grants in recent years have amounted to $280,000.
Although grants can be made elsewhere, primary support goes to applicants in the Adirondack region area of New York State.
Organizations are encouraged to apply if they meet the following criteria:
- Classified as charities under Section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code, or
- Certain governmental units providing services to the general public in the areas of education and libraries
- They encourage partnerships and collaborations.
Other Important Notes
They suggest applicants include overall goals and objectives of their organization with details about specific projects, if applicable. Financial information and project budget are optional – no more than two pages if submitted.
Programs supported by the Lake Placid Education Foundation
- Grants are made to schools, both public and private, for many different purposes, including scholarships, equipment, operating expenses or other special needs.
- Libraries are supported through grants for collection additions, special studies, staff training, operations, equipment, etc.
- Arts and other cultural organizations are aided for educational activities especially those linked with educational institutions and those that relate to general public education.
- Restoration programs to provide educators and librarians with the opportunity to “renew” themselves through quiet study and relaxation away from the pressure of their usual work environment.
- Seed-sowing – the study of new ideas in the areas of education and library science, helping organizations start new projects and assisting innovation in a variety of ways.
For more information, visit Lake Placid Education Foundation.