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Apply For A Grant

The Fred L. Emerson Foundation’s grantmaking is focused on Upstate New York with a concentration on the founder’s community of Auburn, Cayuga County and the surrounding region.


Organizations seeking our support are encouraged to review our Grant Guidelines. Colleges and universities seeking our support are encouraged to review our Grant Guidelines for Higher Education


The Foundation now offers organizations two options for submitting grant proposals: online, or by mail. The online application link can be accessed on the right side of this page, and the printed application option is directly below it (please use only one of these methods to avoid any confusion).

Our online application portal reduces paper waste and streamlines the proposal process. If there are any questions about the online application process, please feel free to reference our Online Application Help Guide or contact our office.


Please only use the "New Application" link when initially setting up your online account or creating a new application. For all further access to your saved and submitted applications, select the "Returning Applicant" link. 

*Even if your organization has received funding from the Emerson Foundation previously, you will still need to create an account in order to submit a proposal online. Only proposals submitted online will be available for your future reference and viewing. If you are a returning online applicant, please do not create a new account or you will not be able to view your previous grant proposals (see help guide). 

Please note, proposal submission deadlines for colleges and universities are 3:00pm on March 1 and September 1 (or preceding business day when the date falls on a weekend or holiday). All other proposals are accepted and considered on an ongoing basis.


All proposals submitted for consideration must be completed through the Foundation's Online Application portal or using the printable Grant Proposal Submission Form.


Printed applications can be submitted to:


Daniel J. Fessenden

Executive Director

Fred L. Emerson Foundation

5654 South Street Road

Auburn, New York 13021

Additional Information

Option 1 - Apply Online

Option 2 - Print and Mail