A Message to Our Grantees and Partners about COVID-19

It is hard to witness the sorrow, anxiety and economic hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  For nearly ninety years and across five generations the Fred L Emerson Foundation has been making a significant difference by providing support to organizations in Auburn and the surrounding central New York area. We are deeply invested in our community and therefore committed to helping our partner organizations navigate through these difficult times. In response to this crisis, we have altered some of our processes and requirements.

To our community partners in Auburn and the surrounding central New York area


We care deeply about the work you do in our community and understand that you are facing significant challenges.  Organizations are welcome to submit a request directly to us for general operating support or any other acute need caused by the current crisis. To make a request, please:

  • Submit a letter that explains your circumstances and particular need and specifies a requested amount;

  • Detail the measures you have taken to address these needs as well as other support you have received and/or are seeking; and

  • Submit your most recent financial statements.​


Submit requests via our  Online Portal.  From the Apply page, please choose COVID Relief Request.


To our partners in higher education

The higher education sector was experiencing systemic challenges before the coronavirus outbreak. The unprecedented interruptions and challenges caused by the crisis have only compounded the stress.  We understand this.  We will therefore consider requests for support outside our normal higher education grant cycle. We invite presidents to send us a letter explaining how you are responding to the crisis, any unanticipated expenditures your institution has incurred and other support you have received or will be seeking. Be sure to include a specified request for our consideration and include your most recent financial statements.  Submit requests via our  Online Portal.  From the Apply page, please choose COVID Relief Request.




We will do our best to respond in a timely manner.


Organizations having received an Emerson Foundation grant for pandemic relief may wish to submit a second request. We stand ready to consider such requests but ask that you understand that initial requests are likely to receive priority.


We admire and thank all our partners for the critical work you continue to do in this environment of uncertainty and disruption.


Kristen E. Rubacka

President, Fred L. Emerson Foundation



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