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Damoth Fund awards $75,000 in grants to Clifton-Fine community organizations

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The Adirondack Foundation’s Damoth Fund has awarded $75,000 in grants to Clifton-Fine community organizations.

The Damoth Fund was established in 2012 with a bequest from Robert F. Damoth, who had a bond with the Cranberry Lake region. A portion of his bequest is awarded annually to community organizations with the help of the Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corp. The fund also provides $15,000 annually each to Clifton-Fine Central School, Clifton Community Library, Cranberry Lake Fire & Rescue and Clifton-Fine Hospital.

This year’s grant recipients include Clifton-Fine Figure Skaters to purchase skates enabling every child to participate in its programs; a project to stock a local food pantry with fresh produce from St. Lawrence County farms; the Clifton-Fine Economic Development Corp. to produce, print and distribute a guide to local giving and volunteering; Cranberry Lake Boat Club for signs to promote local amenities; Woodland Cemetery Association for a secure storage building for yard tools; Save Our Schoolhouse to purchase a furnace so the Star Lake building can have exhibits, workshops and meetings year-round, and Fine hamlet parks and recreation for upgrades to playground equipment.

The CFEDC’s Smart Growth Committee reviewed grant applications totaling more than $42,000 this year, up from about $30,000 in 2013, probably because more people were aware of the program. The $15,000 available went to recipients representing a wide cross-section of the community whose projects will have a significant impact, CFEDC member Christopher L. Westbrook said.

Last year, the Cranberry Lake Fire Department used its grant to buy a snowmobile for back-country rescue. The library’s grant helped pay for new programs, materials and expanded hours of operation. The hospital used its grant to increase awareness and outreach to the community, and the school’s funding was used for three $5,000 scholarships.

For more information on the foundation’s more than 220 funds, visit www.generousact.org or call 518-523-9904.

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