The Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation is a private foundation established in 2000 “dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.” Since its inception, the foundation has funded more than 600 not-for-profit grant requests totaling over $1.2 million dollars. The trustees of the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation recently held their annual meeting and board retreat in Saranac Lake.
The trustees started the weekend retreat at a gathering of 18 representatives from Tri-Lakes region not-for-profits, organized by Historic Saranac Lake, to discuss issues in the community. The trustees reviewed 73 grant applications totaling $378,332, fully funded the requested amount for 18 of them, partially funded 14, and approved the annual underwriting for NCPR, for a total of $105,250 awarded.
Grant recipients as follows:
• Saranac Lake Artworks to develop an economic arts symposium.
• Belden Noble Memorial Library, Essex, NY for ADA compliant signage and shelving and promotional materials to increase library user awareness.
• Town of Chester Senior Center for furniture.
• Volunteer Transportation Center Foundation, Inc., Watertown, NY to reimburse mileage for volunteer drivers.
• Hillview Free Library, Diamond Point, NY for their Adirondack Enrichment programming.
• Pendragon Theatre, Saranac Lake, NY to support theatrical production costs.
• Tannery Pond Center, North Creek, NY for winter performances.
• The Hub on the Hill, Essex, NY to purchase a freezer to expand processing capacity.
• Up Yonda Farm, Bolton Landing, NY for homeschool programming.
• Caroga Arts Collective, Caroga Lake, NY to expand educational and performance programming.
• Upper Jay Art Center for winter play production expenses.
• AdkAction, Keeseville, NY for outreach materials for the Adirondack Pollinator Project.
• Ticonderoga Revitalization Alliance to fund a part-time position to develop and coordinate a childcare program.
• Lake Placid Center for the Arts for performing artist fees.
• The Lake George Arts Project to invest in artist stipends and exhibition promotional materials.
• The Wild Center, Tupper Lake, NY to support the Adirondack Youth Climate Summit.
• High Peaks Hospice, Glens Falls, NY for patient wound care supplies.
• Mountain Lakes PBS, Plattsburgh, NY to support the Spotlight program.
• Newcomb Historical Museum for a desktop computer to develop an archival database.
• Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm, Essex, NY to purchase food for the Sprouts Daycare Program.
• Tupper Arts, Inc. for weekly STEAM classes.
• Minerva CSD to purchase bread for the backpack program.
• Historic Saranac Lake for school programs.
• Cornell Cooperative Extension of Essex County 4H, Lewis, NY for winter gear, supplies and transportation for winter life skills and outdoor safety programming.
• Ticonderoga Festival Guild for an Adirondack Jazz orchestra concert.
• Ticonderoga Central School to purchase food for the backpack program.
• Seagle Festival, Schroon Lake, NY for singer and director fees.
• Adirondack Park Institute, Newcomb, NY to help fund the student intern and artist-in-residence programs.
• Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, Latham, NY to help underwrite costs for the annual North Country Conference.
• Craigardan, Elizabethtown, NY to purchase local food for the Free Food Fridge.
• Adirondack Research Consortium, Paul Smiths, NY for student stipends and waived fees for the Student Scholar program.
• Moriah Central School to purchase food for the backpack program.
• North Country Public Radio for annual underwriting.
The Junior Trustees presented a proposal for their annual special grants. They selected the Seagle Festival in Schroon Lake, NY as their Adirondack not-for-profit, and chose to combine their individual $500 awards into a single $1,000 award supporting the children’s opera program. The board approved their proposal. The next cycle of accepting grant applications will occur on July 1, 2023 to August 31, 2023.
Additional information on past grant recipients and the online grant application process is available on the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation website at www.pearsallfoundation.org.
Do we assume that Pearsall grants are only granted to groups in the northern half of the park, or that communities south of Tupper Lake don’t need, care or are well organized enough to improve the quality of life of their year-round residents? Sad.
Please refer, at a minimum, past grants on our website. Even this year note all the grants to not-for-profits in Ticonderoga, Schroon Lake, Johnsburg, even Caroga Lake in the southern Adirondacks. If there is any area within the “blue line” that is underserved it is the western Adirondacks (Boonville, Lowville, etc.) and we are working hard to resolve that.