2021 Grant Application Deadlines

Charles R. Wood Foundation Announces 2021 Grand Application Deadlines

For Immediate Release
January 29, 2021

Glens Falls, New York: The Charles R. Wood Foundation is currently accepting grant applications from IRS approved 501(c)3 organizations whose projects or programs assist children, healthcare or the arts in the Lake George Region and surrounding areas.  Eligible applicants are invited to visit www.charlesrwoodfoundation.com to submit an online application by April 1, 2021 for consideration at the spring meeting of Trustees.  The next subsequent deadline will be September 1, 2021 for consideration at the fall meeting.

Over the past five years the Foundation has awarded nearly $9.0 million dollars. “We are so pleased to be able to invest in such worthwhile projects. From the smallest soup kitchens to the larger capital projects, we are committed to investing in children, healthcare and the arts in our geographical focus area,” states Charlene Wood, Chair and Trustee. The foundation’s Special Healthcare initiative announced in 2019, aims at improving the overall health of the population in the region and will continue to accept collaborative applications from organizations serving Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery, Warren, and Washington counties. In 2020, grants towards this initiative have been made to Hudson Headwaters Health Foundation, CVPH Foundation and North Country Home Services.

Given the added challenges and impacts of Covid-19, the Foundation is keenly aware that organizations may need more immediate operational assistance than normal. In 2020, the Foundation also partnered with the Adirondack Foundation and other organizations. The Adirondack Foundation’s SUN or Special and Urgent Needs Fund is “a responsive granting resource that can be deployed to assist Adirondack communities during times of crisis”. Organizations seeking support from the Charles R. Wood Foundation may also want to inquire to see if they are eligible for SUN Fund support. More information can be found at the Adirondack Foundation’s website, www.adirondackfoundation.org.

Charles R. Wood established the Foundation that bears his name in 1978 to provide assistance in areas of special need in the Lake George Region and surrounding areas. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on programs for children, healthcare and the arts.  Mr. Wood, founder of Storytown USA, the present-day Great Escape Theme Park, and cofounder with the actor Paul Newman of the Double H Hole in the Woods Camp for critically ill children, along with numerous other endeavors and businesses in the area, died in September of 2004 leaving the majority of his estate to the Charles R. Wood Foundation.

The following grants to area nonprofit organizations totaling over $1.9 million were awarded in 2020:

  • $500,000 to the Hudson Headwaters Health Foundation Inc for the Mobile Health Program
  • $175,000 to CVPH Foundation Inc. to support the purchase of Automated Breast Ultrasound and Computer-Aided Detection equipment in the North Country
  • $125,000 to Glens Falls Hospital for the C. R. Wood Cancer Center Pruyn Pavilion Second Floor Renovation Project
  • $100,000 to the Dollywood Foundation for the Imagination Library Program in New York counties of Essex, Clinton, Franklin and Hamilton
  • $75,000 to Double H – Hole In The Woods Ranch for the Compound Restoration Project
  • $75,000 to Northeast Health Foundation Inc for the Campaign for Memory Care at the Glen at Hiland Meadows
  • $50,000 to Adirondack Foundation for the SUN Fund – COVID-19 response specifically, for food support
  • $50,000 to Crandall Park Beautification Committee for The Crandall Park/Cole’s Woods Renovation Project
  • $50,000 to Domestic Violence Services Inc for new program offices for the Children’s Center
  • $50,000 to First Presbyterian Church of Glens Falls for the restoration of the Gallery Casavant Pipe Organ
  • 30,000 to The Hyde Collection Trust as a matching grant for the Art from the Adirondacks/Lake George exhibits
  • $25,000 to Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center Inc for the Virtual Learning Library
  • $25,000 to Rebuilding Together-Saratoga County for repairs for Low-Income Families with Children in Warren County
  • $25,000 to Servants of The Word Inc./Open Door for the Soup Kitchen expansion
  • $25,000 to Luzerne Music Center Inc for 2020 Infrastructure
  • $20,000 to North Country Home Services for Home Care Aide Training
  • $17,000 to Glens Falls Area Youth Center Inc for building renovation/rehabilitation
  • $16,200 to Fort Edward Rescue Squad Inc for the purchase of a LUCAS 3 CPR Device
  • $15,000 to Empire State College Foundation Inc for the Front Line Healthcare Worker Fund to support 10 North Country students
  • $13,725 to Ticonderoga Central School District for the Ticonderoga Area Backpack Program for the 2020-2021 School Year
  • $12,000 to Indian Lake Theater Inc for the purchase and installation of a projector service and building health and safety repairs
  • $10,000 to Ronald McDonald House Charities of The Capital Region Inc for COVID-19 Relief
  • $10,000 to the Agricultural Stewardship Association for the Sensory Trail for the Cambridge Community Forest project
  • $10,000 to Mercy Care for The Adirondacks for the Age-friendly Communities Initiative
  • $10,000 to Christmas Project Inc for purchasing warm winter clothing
  • $10,000 to Community Work & Independence Inc for Re-opening programs and services
  • $10,000 to Adirondack Foundation for the Small Grants for Small Children Fund
  • $10,000 to North Country Ministry for the Box Truck Project
  • $10,000 to X-Quest Inc for the Going Higher program
  • $10,000 to Charlton School for the purchase of art equipment for the Art Therapy building
  • $9,600 to Wesley Health Care Center Inc for the Virtual Visitation Expansion-support for purchase of iPads
  • $8,000 to World Awareness Children’s Museum for the technology upgrade project
  • $8,000 to Bay Ridge Rescue Squad Inc for a Mechanical Chest Compression System
  • $7,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Southern Adirondacks Inc for Bigs in Blue and COVID-19 relief funding
  • $7,500 to Vermont Foodbank for Vermont Youth Food Programs in Rutland and Bennington Counties
  • $7,500 to Glens Falls Queensbury Historical Association for the Community Outreach project
  • $6,800 to Bolton Fire District for the purchase of 4 AED units
  • $6,000 to Families First in Essex County Inc for the Urgent Needs COVID-19 Response
  • $5,500 to Family Service Association of Glens Falls for the Feet First Program
  • $5,420 to High Peaks Hospice and Palliative Care Inc for IT Needs
  • $5,100 to Fort Ann Rescue Squad Inc for the purchase of 3 AED units
  • $5,000 to Lake Theatre Productions for lighting
  • $5,000 to Bluseed Studios Inc for the BluZoo program
  • $5,000 to Snacpack Program Inc for the Food 4 Kids program
  • $5,000 to Family Promise of Albany County Inc for the Program Service Project
  • $5,000 to Historic Salem Courthouse Preservation Association Inc for the Community Summer Program
  • $5,000 to The Mentor Connector for the Positive Action Group Program
  • $5,000 to Keene Valley Neighborhood Services Inc for the infrastructure repair-public bathroom upgrade
  • $5,000 to Warren County for Friends of Up Yonda Farm, Inc.
  • $5,000 to Caffe Lena Inc for Online Broadcasts
  • $5,000 to Lake George Opera Festival Association Inc for the Interactive Virtual Education Program
  • $5,000 to Paul Smiths College of Arts and Sciences for Tick Borne Disease Risk Intervention Program-Targeting North Country K-5 students

In addition, $79,175 was granted in smaller denominations to benefit various other regional not-for-profit organizations.

The Charles R. Wood Foundation also recognizes the increased challenges of food insecurity resulting from the pandemic, especially in the North Country. Funding of nearly $200,000, an amount higher than ever before, was provided to pantries and school backpack programs in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton, Fulton, Saratoga, Warren, and Washington counties of New York and Bennington, Rutland and Windsor counties of Vermont.
Information about grant applications can be obtained online at www.charlesrwoodfoundation.com, by calling 800.839.1821, or by writing to: Charles R. Wood Foundation, c/o Foundation Source, 55 Walls Drive, Suite 302, Fairfield, CT 06824.