SCHROON LAKE - Founded in 2005, the Community Fund for the Gore Mountain Region (CFGMR) is one of the main sources of not-for-profit grant awards in the North Country.
The CFGMR is affiliated with the Adirondack Community Trust, a community foundation serving the region, enabling people and institutions to establish endowed funds to benefit specific institutions, organizations and community needs.
CFGMR's relationship with ACT ensures that all donations qualify for the maximum available tax deduction.
Community foundations are tax exempt public charities serving thousands of people who share a common interest-improving the quality of life in their area, according to the ACT.
The CFGMR was created by a group of North Creek residents who solicit fellow residents for donations towards local charitable endeavors.
The donations go into an endowment fund and percentages are then distributed as grants among groups including youth and seniors, the arts and humanities, historical preservation and other worthwhile causes serving the towns of Chester, Horicon, Johnsburg, Minerva and Schroon.
"Small grants make a huge in difference in the quality of life throughout our towns," said Elise Widlund of the advisory council.
Organizations receiving grants are chosen through a competitive grant application process managed by CFGMR's Advisory Council.
The 2009 grant program awarded twelve grants, totaling $7,200. A presentation was hosted by the CFGMR Trustees on Aug. 28. The event was held by Helen Cornwall and her family on the shore of Ordway Pond in Johnsburg and catered by the Copperfield Inn.
Grants were presented to:
Vonda Beattie, of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #625, to send girls to Girl's State to learn about responsible citizenship and love for God and country;
Chris Sears, working on his Boy Scout Eagle Rank and the Adirondack Tri-County Nursing Home, to enhance a garden area for the residents to enjoy;