Improving the quality of life for present & future generations

In Central New York & Around the World

Established with a generous bequest in 2003, The Gorman Foundation’s mission is to improve the quality of life for present and future generations and serves as the living legacy of Owen T. Gorman, Catherine “Kay” Cummings Gorman and Alice M. Gorman.

We award grants to organizations that are within our geographic focus and areas of interest. Organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and cannot be classified as private foundations under Section 509(a) of the Code. In select cases, we may consider support for special projects sponsored by governmental entities.

We do not award grants to individuals; debt reduction drives; or for lobbying activities as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.

Geographic Focus


Our primary geographic focus is Madison County (NY), but our efforts have also benefited various communities all over the world. Our Grant Recipients section provides a full listing of our work in years passed.

Interested in applying but unsure if your organization qualifies? Review our requirements for grant application or feel free to contact us directly.

Areas of Interest

Social Welfare

Social Welfare

Programs and services designed to help people in need gain access to healthcare, education, food, and shelter

Community Education & Enhancement

Community Education & Enhancement

Educational or recreational outreach programs, musical performances, or historical preservation efforts.

The Environment

The Environment

Efforts to support local farming, preserve wildlife or rehabilitate animals.

Policy on Non-discrimination

The Gorman Foundation will not award grant support to organizations that, in their constitution, bylaws or practices, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or religious belief. Grantees may target services to a particular population when the targeted groups require specialized programs to meet specific needs not shared by the general population.

Deadlines & Site Visits

Grant requests are reviewed on an ongoing basis. We may request additional information or a site visit after reviewing your submitted application.