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Community Fund awards 14 grants to local nonprofits

SCHROON LAKE The Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region distributed 14 grants totaling $7,500 at its 3rd annual awards ceremony held on August 14 at Scaroon Manor. The grants, ranging from $100 to $1,000 funded innovative programs which seek to improve the lives of residents within the towns of Johnsburg, Chester, Horicon and Minerva. The complete list of recipients is as follows: Brant Lake Foundation, $500 for Milfoil Prevention. Friends of Horicon Free Public Library, $500 to help defray the cost of a moveable bookcase for the librarys children reading program. Johnsburg Emergency Squad, $1,000 to help cover the cost of a standby generator. Johnsburg Youth Committee, $100 for craft storage. Minerva Central School, $500 to fund a middle school trip to Boston for 8th graders. Minerva Historical Society, $500 for archival storage. Minerva Service Organization, $500 to fund the kids ski program. North Country Ministries, $1000 for emergency assistance. North Country Outreach Center, $1,000 for food preservation equipment. $250 for a community garden tool shed. $400 for the family clothing center. North Creek Depot Museum, $500 for storage facilities. Tannery Pond Community Center Association, $250 for gallery equipment. Town of Chester Public Library, $500 to help defray the cost of an oral history website. The Community Fund has thus far raised $ 150,000 for its permanent endowment and is now halfway towards reaching its goal of raising $300,000 by 2010. Grants are awarded on an annual basis and are generated from the earnings of the Funds endowment with the Adirondack Community Trust (ACT). Donations may be made to the fund by writing to CFGMR, PO Box 217, North Creek, NY 12853. The Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region was established in 2005 by a group of concerned residents who partnered with The Adirondack Community Trust to create a permanent charitable grant making fund to support effective programs to meet the pressing needs and improve the quality of life in the Towns of Chester, Horicon, Johnsburg and Minerva. The Fund supports community needs and opportunities such as historic preservation, education, community beautification, culture and the arts and programs for youth and senior citizens. The Adirondack Community Trust provides a simple, fast and efficient way for donors to create charitable funds, which are pooled to generate grants for deserving nonprofits and other worthy causes. ACTs approach to philanthropy is unique, visionary, flexible and inclusive. Since 1997, ACT has provided an innovative way for everyone who cherishes our special part of the world to take philanthropy into their own hands. ACTs goal is simple: to generate resources from within our communities to effect positive change now and into the future.

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