Essex Community Fund
The Essex Community Fund (ECF) provides a vehicle for neighbors to help their neighbors and to make a lasting contribution to Essex.
Established as a component fund of Adirondack Foundation in 2003, ECF offers grants to eligible nonprofit organizations in the Town of Essex and others that serve Essex residents. The Fund has awarded over $170,000 in grants in support of community beautification, historic preservation, culture and the arts, education, recreation, and programs for youth, seniors, and other social services. The Fund gives strong preference for capacity building grants or modest one-time capital expenditures in preference to supporting general operating expenses. A volunteer council of community residents administers the Fund.
The Charlie Goff Memorial Fund operates within ECF and it embraces the same objectives and application procedures. Generous donors have endowed annual grants in honor and memory of community leaders like Colin Fink, Bruce Klink, Gordon and Martha McBride, and Baird Voorhis. In 2012 Lawson and Clint Allen endowed an annual scholarship for an Essex resident beginning post-secondary education that will provide financial support for up to four years currently at $3,500 a year. The Fund also created the Heating Project, supported by Essex residents and administered through the Essex County Office for the Aging. It supplements financial help to Essex residents when they have exhausted public funding.