ESSEX The Essex County Adirondack Garden Club is accepting applications for the Ellen Lea Paine Memorial Nature Fund. Established in 2005 the goal is to provide financial assistance to students, individuals, or not-for-profit organizations involved in programs to study and protect the natural environment. The fund is limited to projects which will have an impact within the Essex County area of the Adirondack Park. Sample projects would include doing field work, research, or classroom work in the environmental field which will foster the conservation and preservation of the natural environment for future generations. Up to four projects may be funded annually, with a maximum grant amount of $1,000. For an application, write to: Essex County Adirondack Garden Club, PO Box 95, Essex, NY 12936 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is March 30 for grants to be made in April.