Essex Community Fund announces 2017 grant awards

Thursday, August 31, 2017

ESSEX — The Essex Community Fund (ECF) awarded grants totaling $16,890 to 13 community organizations in 2017. It retains some funding for proposals it anticipates later in the year.

This year’s awards include grants from the Charlie Goff Memorial Fund.

“We’ve truly built a movement in Essex,” said Norma Goff, chair of ECF’s Advisory Board. “Our community has created a cycle of generosity here—one that sees people give to the community fund, which in turn supports the groups that improve quality of life, educate our youth, and invest in small capital projects for Essex organizations. We hope everyone takes pride in what the fund has accomplished so far; with continued support, we can do so much more.”

ECF is a component fund of Adirondack Foundation. It supports community beautification, historic preservation, culture, the arts, education, and programs for youth and senior citizens. Since its inception in 2004, the fund has awarded nearly $200,000 to organizations, projects and causes benefiting the town of Essex and its residents.

Champlain Area Trails received ECF support this year for its Bobcat Trailhead Improvement Project, which will create a professionally surfaced parking area at the newly developed alternative meadow route. The grant was made in honor and memory of Bruce Klink & Baird Voorhees.

“Bobcat Trail is an easy and popular hike through an attractive forest along a series of beaver ponds,” said CATS Executive Director Chris Maron. “The existing parking area has become rutted, so the project will better accommodate use of the trail.”

In addition to support from ECF, CATS is also partnering with Adirondack Foundation’s crowdfunding website,, to raise money from the community. More information can be found at

The Willsboro-Essex EMS received a grant from the Charles Goff Fund in honor and memory of Charles Goff to purchase a LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System to go with the grant it made in 2016. The equipment lets the EMS staff perform other necessary treatment for emergency cardio patients.

“Doing the compressions in CPR is very hard, stressful work,” said Ron Jackson, president of the Willsboro-Essex EMS. “The LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System can do that work for us as we serve our year-round and seasonal residents as well as visitors.”

The following organizations also received grants this year:

  • Adirondack Art Association
  • Belden Noble Memorial Library, in honor and memory of Gordon and Martha McBride
  • Essex Community United Methodist Church, from the Charles Goff Fund in honor and memory of Charles Goff
  • Essex Farm Institute
  • Essex Theatre Company
  • Fort Ticonderoga Association
  • Lakeside School at Black Kettle Farm
  • North Country SPCA, in honor and memory of Frisky Irwin
  • Paine Memorial Free Library
  • St. John's Church Essex
  • Whallonsburg Civic Association

To contribute or learn more, contact Nick Muller at (518) 963-8188 or email

To learn more about ECF, visit

For more information about community fund grantmaking at Adirondack Foundation, visit or call (518) 523-9904.