WILLSBORO - The Essex County Adirondack Garden Club is accepting applications for the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund. Established in 2005, the goal of this fund is to provide financial assistance to students, individuals, or not-for-profit organizations involved in programs to study and protect the natural environment. The Fund is limited to projects that will have an impact within the Essex County area of the Adirondack Park. Sample Projects would include doing fieldwork, research or classroom work in the environmental field that will foster the conservation and preservation of the natural environment for future generations. Up to four projects may be funded annually, with the maximum grant amount of $1,000.