LAKE PLACID Earlier this week, the Adirondack Community Trust announced that it is accepting applications for the Uihlein/Ironman Sports Fund of Lake Placid. The $20,000 fund allows nonprofit sports organizations and individual athletes to apply for monetary support to supplement their personal expenses. Organizations recieve program support through the fund, while athletes can receive grant money for travel, lodging and competition-related costs. In a statement released by ACT Executive Director Cali Brooks, she noted that the organization is proud to be paired with two of Lake Placids more revered institutions. The Adirondack Community Trust is honored to be administering this Fund in partnership with two respected institutions that continue to invest in Lake Placid, she said. ACT will distribute up to $20,000 from the fund based on the quantity and quality of the applications. The deadline to apply is July 18. A five-person advisory committee will review each application. According to Andrea Grout, grants and scholarships coordinator for ACT, individual applicants must be competitive on the regional, national and/or international level to be eligible for a scholarship. These are applicants athletes that are pursuing world-class endeavours in their respective sports, she said. They should be working their way towards the big stage, and have regional, national and international aspirations and promise in the traditional winter and summer sports. Grout noted that applicants must show their level of seriousness toward their sport, and explain in some detail the training regiments that they will undertake, as well as highlight where and how the funding will be utilized. In regards to the nonprofit sports organizations, Grout said that the groups goal should be to raise awareness and interest in one of the traditional Adirondack sports. The organizations that apply help to expose area youths to the traditional sports, she added. They kick-start programs at schools and in communities. Funds can be used for projects like buying cross country skis for a school, or making sure a lacross club has the neccessary equipment. Application forms are available online at www.GenerousACT.org, or can be obtained by calling ACT at 523-9904. On July 12, ACT will host an application workshop to assist organizations and individuals in succesfully completing the applications. The forum will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the New York Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF) building in Wilmington. Previous local grant winners include: Chris Mazdzer, luge; Aimee Caligiore, golf; Tim Burke, biathlon; Donald Stewart, speed skating; Bill Demong, Nordic combined; Jenna Politi, figure skating; Colin Delaney, ski jumping; Annelies Cook, Nordic skiing; Julianne Stemp, nordic skiing and cycling; and Peter Frenette, ski jumping. Nonprofit organizations that have received support through the ACT fund include: Tri-Lakes Youth Lacrosse, Adirondack Stride for Pride, The Skating Club of Lake Placid and the Adirondack Luge Club.