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Essex Community Fund 

The Essex Community Fund (ECF) and the Board of Trustees of Adirondack Foundation recently awarded $15,700 to the following thirteen nonprofit organizations for a wide variety of vital programs serving Essex.

Paine Memorial Free Library
Essex Theatre Company, Inc.
North Country SPCA
Adirondack Art Association
Belden Noble Memorial Library
High Peaks Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.
Essex Community United Methodist Church
Champlain Area Trails
Essex Initiatives
Whallonsburg Grange Hall
Willsboro-Essex EMS
Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm

ECF, a component fund of Adirondack Foundation, offers grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, schools, churches, and local government activities serving residents of the town of Essex. ECF awards grants in support of community services, beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, and programs for youth and senior citizens.

The Fund typically gives strong preference to capacity building grants or modest one-time capital projects. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Advisory Council of ECF understands that this is a time of great need for the nonprofits serving Essex. Therefore, in this 2020 funding cycle the Community Fund will consider support for operating expenses as well as capacity building or capital projects.

Applications must be submitted online through Adirondack Foundation’s Online Grants Manager at For information or if you have questions, please contact Adirondack Foundation Program Officer Andrea Grout at (518) 523-9904 or, or Nick Muller at the Essex Community Fund at (518) 963-8188 or

ECF will make funding recommendations toward the end of June and successful applicants may expect funding as early as July.


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 $197,000 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. Council members include: 

  • Mrs. Norma W. Goff, Chair
  • Karen Judge Dalton, Vice Chair
  • Mr. Thomas Stransky, Treasurer
  • Dr. H. Nicholas Muller III, Secretary
  • Mrs. Ann B. Cammack
  • Rev. Margie Emery-Ginn 
  • Mr. Steven Engelhart
  • Mr. James G. Graves
  • Ms. Maureen Ecclesine
  • Mr. Steven Kellogg
  • Ms. Emily Phillips
  • Ms. Audrey Sparre
  • Dr. Colleen Van Hoven
  • Mr. David Reuther

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 $5,000 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.