​In preparation of our next Grant Cycle (2022-2025) the Board of Directors has decided to take time to evaluate our effectiveness in connecting people with Nature.  In 2021 we will not accept applications nor make unsolicited grants, rather we will spend the time questioning, discovering and learning as well as supporting current grantees dealing with COVID-19 related issues.  

We anticipate following our established application process and timeline for this next cycle, so please check back here in April of 2021 to learn about our updated focus areas.  

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 was focused on the power of NATURE as a source of renewal, delight, education, nourishment, healing and hope--for individuals, family and the community.