Successful grant applications will emphasize a balanced and integrated approach to nature as a driver and/or lens for innovative projects that address the intersection of nature and...
  •     Education
  •     Art and architecture
  •     Conservation of land and wildlife
  •     Food and clean water systems
  •     Re-integration of military personnel into civilian life 

Dear Potential Grantee:

In an effort to help interested organizations decipher if they might truly be a match for our Foundation, and thus should submit an LOI, we thought it would be helpful to share a little bit more about our foundation.  We are a small family foundation whose typical grants are in the $5,000 to $20,000 range and we only fund non-profit organization that reside in either California   or Ohio, unless an organization is invited to apply by a Board or Grant Committee Member.  We do accept applications from the past year's awardees but will not fund an applicant more than 3 years in a row.  Additionally, we have identified the following components of successful grant requests to provide further guidance. The table below is not exhaustive but meant to help provide insight.  If you feel you are a good fit we encourage you to apply.

   We are interested in programs and projects that are:
  • Outdoors / in open space / wilderness / possibly camps    
  • Away from electronics
  • Experiential / hands on
  • Immersive experiences
  • Unstructured / allow for free/personal time
  • Inquiry based
  • Longer term (i.e. longer than a couple of hours, usually over a couple of days
  • Supportive of open space preservation
   We are NOT as interested in programs and projects that are:
  • Environmental/Ecology education (i.e. technical, structured, classroom type experiences) 
  • Environmental advocacy​
  • Structured / classroom-type experiences
  • Short term / one-time

The 2016-2020 Grant Cycle of the Adams Legacy Foundation will be focused on the power of NATURE as a source of renewal, delight, education, nourishment, healing and hope--for individuals, family and the community.