Cool Farms/Healthy Park Program

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.

Climate change stands to greatly affect the Adirondacks by the end of the century. More needs to be done. In recognition of this reality, and 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, the Council is helping to support the growth of a low-carbon economy. Local farmers and small businesses are on the front lines of the battle against climate change while 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 businesses who contribute to and enrich communities.  

Recognizing this need, in 2016, the Adirondack Council and the Klipper Fund launched a micro-grant program aimed at supporting 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 in 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. In keeping with the program’s roots, the micro-grants will continue to be available to farmers located within the Champlain Valley of the Adirondack Park, for the 2018-2019 grant cycle.

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 of Adirondack communities and play a critical role in supporting year-round residents while accommodating millions of tourists every year. Each year, the geographical focus of the small businesses grants will correlate with the location of the Council’s annual member meeting. This year, the Council will be hosting its annual meeting in the hamlet of Old Forge. For 2018, we are soliciting applications from small businesses located in Old Forge that are interested in reducing their energy consumption and carbon footprints.  

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, Adirondack North Country Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and others. Applicants need only submit a simple one-page application form. Click HERE to download 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 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. 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.

Donors receive a certificate explaining how the donation is helping to protect public health, clean water, wildlife, and ecologically sensitive places like the Adirondack Park. Donors have the option of receiving a certificate suitable for framing, made out to whomever they wish, recognizing support for cool farms, healthy park, climate smart farming, and carbon reduction.

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