06 Apr Local Enhancement and Advancement Fund Grants Awarded
The Town of North Elba has awarded more than $800,000 to several local organizations through its North Elba Local Enhancement and Advancement Fund (LEAF). LEAF grants are available to nonprofits, local governments and public sector organizations within the Town of North Elba. This is the third round of grants made available to local organizations since the program’s inception in 2020.
A local committee representing businesses and local organizations was established to develop application criteria and ensure a robust and transparent process for allocating these funds. The 10-person committee reviews each organization’s application and presents its recommendations to the Town of North Elba Board of Directors for final approval.
Criteria used to consider an organization’s funding request includes background information about the organization, plans for the proposed project or equipment purchase, budget, and how the proposed project will benefit local communities, residents and visitors to the area.
According to Derek Doty, supervisor of the Town of North Elba, “LEAF grants have been used for some incredible projects that benefit everyone in the area – residents and visitors alike,” he commented. “I also believe that, since our strong north country values dictate that our towns and villages often work together and share resources, when one community derives direct benefit from something, our entire region benefits.
Local Enhancement and Advancement Funds are derived from a dedicated 2% Essex County occupancy tax, implemented by the Essex County Board of Supervisors in 2020. The occupancy tax is collected when people stay at a resort, hotel, motel, bed and breakfast or short-term rental property within Essex County. Funds are allocated to the region’s 18 towns on a pro-rated basis depending on where the tax was generated. Funds must be used to benefit residents and the experience of visitors to the region.
According to Mary Jane Lawrence, chief operating officer at the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST), this funding has proven to be invaluable. “ROOST worked with town supervisors and Essex County to create this dedicated fund to enhance communities in the region. It is always so exciting to see the results of the projects that are funded, which may not have been possible otherwise.”
Projects recommended by the LEAF committee and approved by the Town of North Elba were submitted by the following organizations: Lake Placid Public Library; Mirror Lake Watershed Association; Lake Placid Horse Show Association; Homestead Development Corp.; Barkeater Trails Alliance; Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department; Village of Saranac Lake; Village of Lake Placid – winter decorations; Village of Lake Placid – McKinley Park; Ecumenical Charity Program; Educational Opportunity Fund for the Lake Placid Central School District; Lake Placid Central School District; St. Agnes School; Lake Placid Municipal Electric; New York Ski Education Foundation; Ausable River Association. A portion of the playground equipment at McKinley Park will be donated from Ampersand Biosciences from the former Lake Clear Elementary School.
The Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is the destination marketing and management organization for Hamilton and Essex counties, along with the communities of Tupper Lake and Saranac Lake, all located within the Adirondacks in New York state.
|Lake Placid Public Library||Renovate ramp entrance|
|Mirror Lake Watershed Association||Extension of previous grant to assist with continuing education and research|
|Lake Placid Horse Show Assoc, Inc.||Electrical upgrades to front area of the grounds.|
|Pendragon Theatre||Assistance with summer program to enhance theatrical programs.|
|Homestead Development Corp.||Affordable housing development|
|Barkeater Trails Alliance||Trail improvements to two areas of the Jackrabbit Trail|
|Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department||Purchase of a UTV to be used on trails|
|Village of Saranac Lake||Matching grant program to assist Lake Flower Business District|
|Village of Lake Placid – Winter Decorations||Winter decorations for Main St|
|Village of Lake Placid – McKinley Park||Playground upgrades|
|Ecumenical Charity Program||Appliance, storage and technical upgrades|
|Educational Opportunity Fund for the Lake Placid School District||Endowment for annual 5th grade Albany trip|
|Lake Placid Central School District||Community schools program to support local families|
|St. Agnes School||Electrical and Heating & Cooling Systems Upgrade|
|Lake Placid Municipal Electric (LPME)||Preparation for the installation of electric car chargers|
|New York Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF)||Purchase of a new van|
|Ausable River Association||Committed multi year funding|
April 7, 2022
Jane Hooper, Communications Manager, Regional Office Of Sustainable Tourism518.621.3662 | email@example.com