The Adirondack Council’s Essex Farm Institute (EFI) will offer grants of up to $1,500 per applicant for projects that are both environmentally beneficial and sustainable. They will be seeking applicants starting today for their 2021 micro-grant cycle until the end of the month.
To date, the micro-grant program has awarded over $129,000 in the support of over 85 projects since the programs conception in 2016, with 13 farms being awarded grants during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
During the 2021 cycle of grants, up to $1,500 will be awarded in support of farms whose projects can adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change and support the health of the Adirondack landscape and community.
“Sustainably managed farmlands are working landscapes that protect wildlife, open space and water quality, while playing a part in mitigating climate change. Supporting Adirondack farms benefits the environment as well as our economy and our communities, with jobs and healthy food,” said Adirondack Council Executive Director William C. Janeway. “Sustainable farms and local food are essential to the creation of a sustainable Adirondack economy.”
“Local farms are an important part of the Adirondack Park’s quality of life. Not only do they provide jobs and fresh, wholesome food but there are also environmental benefits to local agriculture,” said Courtney Klipper, co-founder of the Klipper Fund. “With sustainable farming practices, farms can improve water quality, conserve energy, reduce fossil fuel emissions and sequester carbon. Micro-grants are an opportunity to start or improve practices that enhance environmental benefits by decreasing the monetary burden for farmers.”
Applications are due by March 31, 2021. To apply, please click HERE.