Third round North Elba LEAF grant funding available

05 Jan Third round North Elba LEAF grant funding available

North Elba, NY –  The Town of North Elba is pleased to announce the recently established North Elba Local Enhancement and Advancement Fund (LEAF) is accepting applications for the third round of grant funding. Deadline for submission is February 1.

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.

Total funds awarded through two rounds of LEAF grants since its inception in 2021 is $1,305,636.84.

LEAF background

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 are 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). 

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. 

Details on how to apply and the scoring criteria are available at Applications for the third round of funding will be accepted until February 1, 2022. The town board approval will be no later than May 10, 2022.


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