PLATTSBURGH - The United Way of the Adirondack Region Inc. is offering mini-grants to organizations that are helping individuals and families with disaster assistance.
At the request of businesses and individual donors throughout the region, the agency has established a fund to aid in recovery efforts from Tropical Storm Irene.
The fund was established initially at the request of New York's North Country Ford automobile dealers in the region, who provided seed money for the fund. Numerous other businesses, groups and individuals have also contributed to the fund, including the organizers and patrons of the Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration.
The disaster relief mini-grants are available to organizations providing direct service to individuals and families that have been affected by the disaster in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. Priority will be given to organizations providing services that address the unmet needs of storm victims. There are limited funds, so it is important for organizations to exhaust all available resources before applying for these monies. The intention of the fund is to provide a safety net for needs that aren't being met by insurance companies, government agencies and other sources.
The grants can be used for supplies, repairs, housing expenses, transportation expenses, utilities, health and human service needs and other disaster-related expenses.
Application forms are available at the United Way of the Adirondack Region's offices, 45 Tom Miller Rd., Plattsburgh, NY 12901. For more information, call 563-0028.