Visitors, occupancy tax fund community projects in North Elba

11 Nov Visitors, occupancy tax fund community projects in North Elba

Lake Placid, NY –  The Town of North Elba is pleased to announce the North Elba Local Enhancement and Advancement Fund (LEAF) is awarding funds to several local organizations.

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 North Elba LEAF is to provide funds for programs, activities, and facilities that will have direct benefit to the community and improve the quality of North Elba for both residents and visitors.

“The funds available from LEAF will improve the quality of place for both residents and visitors,” North Elba Town Supervisor Jay Rand said. “The LEAF Committee went through a very detailed process of reviewing projects and programs, and we feel those approved best reflect the mission of LEAF.”

The projects recommended by the LEAF committee and approved by the Town of North Elba were submitted by the following 19 nonprofits, local governments, and public sector organizations: Lake Placid Community Beautification Association, Inc.; North Elba Park District; Adirondack Medical Center; Homestead Development Corp.; North Elba Youth Commission; Shipman Youth Center; Digital Abraham Inc.; John Brown Lives!; Lake Placid Middle/High School; Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service; American Legion Post 326; Adirondack Mountain Club; Cornell University Uihlein Maple Research Forest; Town of North Elba; Village of Lake Placid; Lake Placid Municipal Electric; Friends of Moody Pond; Lake Placid Land Conservancy; and Lake Placid Sinfonietta. 

Total funds awarded was $740,553.53 for the following projects:

Organization NameAmountProject 
Lake Placid Community Beautification Association, Inc.$50,000.00Holiday Decorations part 1 and Water Conserving Pots part 6
North Elba Park District$39,352.59Purchase of a Kubota RTV multi purpose vehicle with attachments
Adirondack Medical Center$39,135.00Continuing our legacy of serving world-class athletes and our community
Homestead Development Corp.$125,000.00Fawn Valley
North Elba Youth Commission$7,000.00North Elba Youth Commission
Shipman Youth Center$39,807.00Attract more students to Shipman Youth Center
Digital Abraham Inc.$2,700.00Roof Project Completion
John Brown Lives!$12,000.00All Welcome Here! Engaging Children & Families at the John Brown Farm
Lake Placid Middle/High School$50,000.00Cafeteria Improvement
Lake Placid Volunteer Ambulance Service$147,000.00Vehicle Replacement Program
American Legion Post 326$5,000.00Hometown Heroes
Adirondack Mountain Club$50,000.00Improving Accessibility on the Mt. Jo Long Trail
Cornell University Uihlein Maple Research Forest$5,897.00Developing a Self-Guided Tour and Nature Trail for the Education of Maple Syrup Production
Town of North Elba$9,500.00Virtual Meeting Streaming Equipment 
Village of Lake Placid$150,000.00Mirror Lake Beach Dock
Lake Placid Municipal Electric$2,730.00Banner Bracket System Update
Friends of Moody Pond$7,500.00Removal of Eurasian Watermilfoil from Moody Pond
Lake Placid Land Conservancy$2,681.94Tools of Engagement
Lake Placid Sinfonietta$2,750.00Music Library Catalog Project

“The LEAF Committee was fortunate to support multiple projects in this grant round that will add significantly to the experiences of residents and visitors in North Elba,” said Matt Donahue, LEAF committee member. “People of all ages will benefit from the work that grantees will do to furnish cultural, educational, and recreational offerings for the community. These LEAF grants are also great investments in infrastructure needs that will help people enjoy this special place.” 

North Elba LEAF prioritizes projects that meet the mission of the fund and are catalysts for new programming or offerings for the community. LEAF grants are not intended to fund current iterations of programs for eligible organizations.

For those considering applications in the future, details on how to apply and the scoring criteria is available at The next round of applications will be accepted no later than February 1, 2022 and approved by the town board no later than May 10, 2022.


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