North Elba Launches New Grant Fund

22 Dec North Elba Launches New Grant Fund

Lake Placid, NY –  The Town of North Elba is pleased to announce the newly established North Elba Local Enhancement and Advancement Fund (LEAF). 

The North Elba LEAF is a dedicated and ongoing fund available to nonprofits, local governments, and public sector organizations within the Town of North Elba. Monies for the fund are derived from a dedicated 2% Essex County occupancy tax that was implemented by the Essex County Board of Supervisors in June of 2020.

The mission of LEAF is to provide funds for programs, activities, and facilities that will have direct benefits to North Elba communities and improve the quality of place for both residents and visitors. Projects eligible must positively impact the community and its visitors by meeting the following criteria:

  • Addresses a significant need of the community
  • Will be executed by an organization that demonstrates sound administration and financial management
  • Entails an initiative that will not depend on ongoing funding from LEAF
  • Will be completed within a defined timeline

Grant approvals will be a two step process. The North Elba LEAF committee, after due diligence in reviewing all eligible applications, will make recommendations to the North Elba Town Board (NETB) for final approval. The North Elba LEAF committee will not exceed 11 members and members will be approved by the NETB. Committee support, grant administration and grant compliance will be provided by the Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST). 

“We are extremely happy to see this project come to fruition,” stated Jay Rand, Supervisor for the Town of North Elba. “The established and ongoing fund dedicated to advancing initiatives for the betterment of our communities will truly be a catalyst for advancing the Town of North Elba as a place to live, a place to do business, and a place to visit.”

A committee of 11 members will represent a diverse range of business and community sectors within the Town of North Elba. The committee is responsible for accepting and reviewing applications based on the scoring criteria, and will make award recommendations, as a committee, to the North Elba Town Board. 

A public information session will be hosted virtually on Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 5:30pm to provide an overview of LEAF, outline the application process, and answer any questions.

“Anyone who has questions, feels they have a project that may qualify, or simply wants to learn more about LEAF is encouraged to attend the public information session,” said Mary Jane Lawrence, Chief Operating Officer for ROOST.

Details on how to apply and the scoring criteria are now available at Applications for the initial round of funding will be accepted between January 1, 2021 and March 1, 2021.

The second round of applications will be accepted no later than September 1, 2021 and approved by the town board no later than November 1, 2021.


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