• To submit an application please use our Online Grants Manager.

  • The deadline to apply is May 24, 2024. ECF will make funding recommendations toward the end of June and successful applicants may expect funding as early as July.

  • Nonprofit organizations in the town of Essex focused on community services, beautification, historic preservation, culture and the arts, education, recreation, and programs for youth and seniors.

  • The town of Essex. You can see a list of past grant recipients on the ECF Fund page here.

  • The Fund will typically not support general operating expenses, and grants are usually limited to $2,000 – grants up to $5,000 will be awarded.

  • The Charlie Goff Memorial Fund at Adirondack Foundation operates within the Essex Community Fund and embraces the same objectives and application procedures. Generous donors have endowed annual grants in honor and memory of community leaders like Charlie Goff, Colin Fink, Bruce Klink, Gordon and Martha McBride, and Baird Voorhis.

    In 2012, Lawson and Clint Allen endowed the Allen Scholarship and Education Program at Adirondack Foundation, which supports an Essex resident beginning post-secondary education through financial support for up to four years currently at $5,000 a year. Graduating students from Essex and Willsboro enrolled in a public, private or home school and planning to pursue post-secondary education at a four- or two-year college or through a trade certification program are eligible to apply. The funds may be used to help cover tuition or other expenses, as well as removing financial barriers that would otherwise prevent a student from pursuing a post-secondary pathway. Students may request an application from the guidance counselor at Willsboro Central School or Boquet Valley Central School.

    • Applications are pre-vetted by Adirondack Foundation staff and then sent to the Grants Committee of the Essex Community Fund for review. Applicants may be contacted by the Committee if more information is required. Successful organizations can expect to receive funding in early July. Recipients are required to submit reports no later than December 31.
    • Click here for a sample project budget.
    • Please be sure to describe the need that your program addresses and why it is important. Also, if your application is successful and your program needs to change after being awarded a grant, you must check in with us before changing the way the funds will be used.
1. Read the above to determine your eligibility. 
2. If you have never used our Online Grants Manager, start by creating an account. If you already have an account, log in and follow the prompts. 

For more information, visit our Online Grants Manager page

3. Complete and submit your application.

You will receive an email confirmation after your application has been successfully submitted.

4. Wait to hear if you’ve received funding. 
5. Promote your grant. 

For those applicants who have been notified that they’ve received funding, you can access our Grantee Resources portal, where you’ll find sample press releases, sample social media posts, various versions of our logo, and other tools to help you share the good news. Don’t forget to tag us in your communications so that we can amplify your good work on our own digital channels.

6. Submit required reporting as needed.

If your organization received a grant from ECF, we want to hear from you. As a requirement of your grant, we ask you to share the story of how this grant helped you accomplish your program goals. Grantee follow-up reports should be submitted online. Please complete your report in our Online Grants Manager.

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Leslee Mounger

Funds and Program Officer