Oneida County Community Groups Benefit from Alder Creek Solar Community Grants

Eight community groups from across Oneida County will benefit from the latest round of grants from the Alder Creek Solar Community Grant Program. 

The program, funded by Apex Clean Energy, supports community organizations making a difference in the following focus areas: Building Healthy Communities, Economic Development, Environmental Sustainability, and Promoting Education.

“Boonville, Forestport, and the entire region are fortunate to have so many organizations working hard every day to improve their communities and provide for those in need. As part of our commitment to be a long-term community partner we are excited to support them,” said Carmen O’Keefe, Development Manager with Apex Clean Energy.

North Country Community Youth Soccer will receive a grant to assist with start-up costs and, player uniforms, and equipment. "North Country Community Youth Soccer is dedicated to providing a safe, fun, quality soccer program for the children in the Adirondack and South Lewis school districts at the lowest cost possible.  This grant will go a long way in buying soccer balls, safety equipment and field equipment so we can keep registration costs affordable to all families," said Chairman Matt Lastowski.

The Boonville Fair Association will receive grant funds to help supply the EMT building at the fairgrounds. "The Boonville Fair Association is very thankful for the grant award of $500 to be used to purchase items requested from our local EMT's,” said Boonville Fair Association Treasurer Susan Alger.

The Remsen Didymus Thomas Library received a grant for tools to help maintain the community garden located on the library grounds. “We really appreciate the support in being able to grow our community through growing our garden,” said Erin Corrigan, Remsen Community Garden Coordinator.

Other grant recipients included the Boonville Elementary PTA to support events for students during the school year; the Forestport Athletic Association's youth summer baseball program; Boonville Little League for equipment for the summer season, Matthew’s Place Ministries to repair a broken sign in front of their thrift store; and North Country Proudly Honors to support the printing of their annual booklet. 

The Alder Creek Solar community grant program will continue to support local organizations working to make a difference in their communities. An additional round of grant funding will be available this Fall. To learn more or apply for a future grant, visit