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:

For our 2016 Grant Season we received over 150 Letters of Inquiry and were ultimately able to fund only 11 of them.  We were overwhelmed by the number and diversity of requests we received.  There are so many wonderful non-profit organizations that share our passion for increasing time outside in nature and utilizing that experience to improve lives. 

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.  Additionally, we have identified the following components of successful 2016 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.