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Adirondack Council offers farmers $1,500 grants

Wild Work Farm in Keene received a grant from the Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute in 2020. (Provided photo — Adirondack Council)

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute will offer grants up to $1,500 per applicant for environmentally beneficial and sustainable projects on Adirondack farms and by value-added producers.

The environmental advocacy group and its agricultural institute are seeking applicants for the 2021 micro-grant cycle, beginning March 1. Applications will be accepted until the end of March.

This “micro-grant” program has awarded more than $129,000 to support 85 projects since it began in 2016. Last year amid the eruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program awarded grants to 13 farms: eight for environmental awards and five for COVID-19 related projects, totaling $37,492.

For the 2021 cycle, the grant program will award up to $1,500 for projects that will support farms with adapting to and mitigating the impacts of climate change, projects that support overall environmental health of the Adirondack landscape and its communities. The Klipper Family Fund helped to establish the program and continues to support it.

Applications should be made by March 31 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RTRXBZM.

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