Cool Farms/Healthy Park Micro-Grants

Cool Farms/Healthy Park Micro-Grants

Cool Farms/Healthy Park Micro-Grants

Adirondack Farm Land – Small Business Climate Smart Initiative
Adirondack Council and the Klipper Fund, Lookout Fund and additional sponsors.

~ Click HERE to download an application. ~

Climate change is happening and the time to act is now. People have the power to help the Adirondack Park remain a safe haven for sensitive plants and animals while ensuring communities continue to have clean air, pure water, and healthy soils. Local farmers and small entrepreneurs are on the front lines of the battle against climate change and working hard to be economically and environmentally sustainable and resilient. Supporting the growth of a low-carbon economy in the Adirondack Park starts by supporting those farmers and small entrepreneurs who contribute and enrich communities.   

Recognizing this need, in 2016 the Adirondack Council and the Klipper Fund launched a micro-grants program that supported a wide variety of Adirondack Park agricultural efforts. These efforts highlighted the commitment by farmers, cheese makers, fruit growers, and others to address and cope with the potential impacts of severe climate change across the Adirondack region. Every day, producers across the agricultural spectrum deal with the consequences of a warming planet including more frequent and severe storms and abrupt changes in annual rainfall patterns. This year, grants will be available for farmers located within the Champlain Valley in the Adirondack Park. We remain committed to helping food and agriculture producers who are reducing their energy consumption and carbon impact on a local level while simultaneously helping address larger climate change issues.

For 2017, the Council is broadening the scope of its micro-grants program to include small businesses interested in reducing their energy consumption and carbon footprints by being greener. These non-farm grants will be available to businesses within the following five central Adirondack towns: Indian Lake, Long Lake, Minerva, Newcomb, and North Hudson. Given the remoteness and rural nature of the Adirondack region, small businesses are particularly vital to the overall health of the communities they serve.  These important cultural and social institutions form the economic foundation and play a critical role in supporting year-round residents while accommodating millions of tourists every year. Micro-grants can help interested small businesses address climate change at a local level.

Micro-grants of between $500 and $1,500 will be awarded for energy conservation, carbon emissions reduction, and clean and environmentally healthy sustainable farming/small business efforts. These projects should enhance the economic, human, and/or environmental sustainability and climate resiliency of the Adirondack Park, and/or help applicants apply for additional funds for similar projects. The Adirondack Council will select awardees with guidance from a team including the Open Space Institute, American Farmland Trust, Adirondack North Country Association, Adirondack Foundation, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and others. Applicants need only submit a simple one-page application form.

In addition to grants from the Klipper Fund, the Lookout Fund and a grant from International Paper, the Council supports the micro-grants program through the sale of Carbon Reduction Certificates and Carbon-Zero certificates. The purchase of a $25 “Cool Farms/Healthy Park” carbon reduction emission certificate allows donors to fund future micro-grants and help efforts to meet lower carbon pollution standards. For every $25 donated, the Adirondack Council will multiply the positive impact of the micro-grants and permanently and legally retire one carbon emission allowance from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). Every allowance retired is a ton of pollution that power plants will never be allowed to emit. The proceeds of these certificate sales will help replenish the micro-grants fund and support the continued purchase and retirement of pollution allowances while supporting local Adirondack farming and small businesses.