Niskayuna Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Niskayuna Community Foundation supports arts and culture, education, health, recreation, environment, human services in Niskayuna, New York.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, education, health, recreation, environment, human services

IP TAKE: For urgent and unexpected nonprofit needs, look into this funder’s mini-grants program.

PROFILE: Established in 1999, the Niskayuna Community Foundation (NCF) is a community foundation based in Albany, New York. This grantmaker is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region, which is also based in Albany, New York. NCF aims to “enhance the quality of life in in the Niskayuna town and school district through organized philanthropy.” It supports local arts and culture, education, health, recreation, environment, and human services efforts.

The Niskayuna Community Foundation is the only organization that exclusively serves this local community and awards grants to a wide variety of local causes. Most grants go towards projects that address community issues, although NCF also awards some grants for equipment purchases and other capital projects. NCF also provides mini-grants that are less than $1,000. Meanwhile, NCF is involved with local community service projects that enlist the help of volunteers.

Grants range between about $1,000 and $10,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving on the foundation’s current grant recipients and previous grant recipients pages. Grantmaking focuses exclusively on Niskayuna, New York and the school district. Past local grantees include Niskayuna Community Day Care Center, Concerned for the Hungry, and the Young Musicians Forum.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. NCF utilizes an online grant application system to receive and review requests. In the past, the annual grant application deadline has been in April, and NCF makes grant notifications in June. Direct general questions to the staff at or 518-446-9638.


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