Deadline nears for child-care grants


Friday, April 19 is the deadline for nonprofit organizations in Lewis, Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties involved in child care and early-childhood development to apply to the Northern New York Community Foundation’s LEAD Council Impact Grant Program.

The council has committed to address these needs across the region as its strategic focus in 2019. Council members will evaluate each proposal for funding and has up to $25,000 to award, which could be shared between multiple organizations and awardees.

Grant-making efforts to address this strategic focus will target four areas: programs, advocacy, accessibility and opportunities to support staff through training and professional development.

Nonprofits that wish to apply must have confirmed charitable status as a federally recognized tax-exempt organization. Other publicly supported organizations, including school districts and municipalities, are also eligible and encouraged to apply. Eligible nonprofits must actively serve residents in Jefferson, Lewis or St. Lawrence counties. The council will review grant applications through the spring and summer and announce awards in September.

Proposals must be received or postmarked no later than April 19 and sent to the Northern New York Community Foundation, Attn: Max DelSignore, 131 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601. Applications may also be submitted by email to Questions may be directed to 315-782-7110 or to the email address. 

The LEAD Council is an advisory committee of the Northern New York Community Foundation empowered to identify and address strategic needs across Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. The council consists of 24 young professionals who live in the tri-county area with an interest in enhancing the quality of life for all in the North Country. LEAD is an acronym that reflects four important guiding principles of the Community Foundation’s work: Leadership, Engagement, Access and Direction.

The LEAD Impact Grant Program is made possible by support from the Hyde-Stone Charitable Foundation at the Northern New York Community Foundation, BCA Architects & Engineers, Carthage Savings and Loan Association, and donors to the Friends of the Foundation Community Betterment Annual Fund.


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