LivingADK's Community Grant Program (CGP) was launched in 2008 in partnership with the Central Adirondack Association(CAA), with ongoing support from the Towns of Inlet and Webb and Herkimer County. The goal is to build regional capacity to identify opportunities and write and administer grants that serve
our communities, local governments and small non-profits.


Grants are one of the major ways that State and Federal governments use to reallocate funds to local
communities. Philanthropic organizations use grant mechanisms to further their donor and mission
objectives. Unlike larger municipalities and and non-profits, small communities often do not have
dedicated resources to develop the expertise and cultivate the relationships necessary to fully capitalize
on grant opportunities. The Community Grant Program seeks to close that gap in the Western Central


Through the CGP, we seek to advance our mission to create communities that that are economically
strong, socially responsible and environmentally balanced. We have worked to achieve funding in a
broad range of areas, including the development of parks, trails and lakefront; funding for healthcare and
emergency services, and public safety along with supporting the work of LivingADK and other local non-profits tobalance their reliance on local fundraising. If you have identified a need or have an idea for a funder, contact LivingADK for more info.


The Grant process can include identifying and documenting need, writing and submitting applications, and
administering the program and documenting results, and as such it can be multi-year project. Some
representative successes include:

- The installation of the Old Forge public restrooms with the help of a $100,000 grant in 2021

- The Central Adirondack COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund  and CADK COVID Business Grant Fund for individuals and small  businesses totaling over $360,000 in 2020

- To date, have helped raise over $350,000 for an Emergency Communications Tower to serve Inlet, Eagle Bay, Big Moose and Raquette Lake

- In November, 2021, eleven local non-profits were the recipients of grant funds totaling over $16,000 as a result of the CADK COVID-19 Emergency Relief fund having met its pandemic mission as of June 30, 2021 to serve the emergency needs of local individuals and families living and/or working within the Woodgate to Raquette Lake corridor.  Through a simple application process, we encouraged our area non-profits to share their stories of how their fundraising was negatively impacted by the pandemic over the past year and a half.  Recipients of a portion of the grant awards were: Home Aide Service of the Central Adirondacks, IABA, Inlet Area Task Force Community Garden, Kinderwood, Old Forge Library, Old Forge Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc., Raquette Lake Library, Otter Lake Fire Company, Arts Guild of Old Forge, Inlet Historical Society and Friends of the Polar Bears, Inc.