The mission of Sullivan Renaissance is to enhance the appearance of Sullivan County, New York while building a sense of pride and spirit in the community.
“My thoughts turned almost immediately to Sullivan County- why couldn’t we do something like that here?”
Sandra Gerry Chair, Sullivan Renaissance
Sandra and Alan Gerry
Michael Gold photo
“I sincerely believe Sullivan Renaissance to be the single most important program ever undertaken in the history of Sullivan County.”
John Conway Sullivan County Historian
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. The program provides communities in Sullivan County with seed money for beautification projects. A limited number of proposals are funded each year under a competitive process overseen by the Sullivan Renaissance program. Grant amounts and requirements vary depending upon program categories.
Sandra Gerry’s Vision
The idea of holding a contest to improve the aesthetics of Sullivan County originated with Sandra Gerry, a life-long county resident. While she and her husband Alan Gerry were traveling in the French Alps, they visited a village that had won a regional beautification competition. All of the inhabitants had participated with planting, painting and cleaning up. Together they had changed the look of their community – filling it with flowers, cleanliness and warmth.
“My thoughts turned almost immediately to Sullivan County,” she said, “Why couldn't we do something like that here?”
Since its beginning in 2001, Sullivan Renaissance has funded hundreds of community beautification projects in all 6 villages and 15 towns of Sullivan County. The program has grown to include edible gardens at schools, internships and scholarships for youth, mini-grants and façade grants for businesses, seasonal demonstration grants, a Community Mitzvah Award for summer camps and bungalow colonies, municipal partnerships, technical assistance grants, environmental grants and special endeavors like the SullivanArc Garden Tour and the EaT Kitchen at Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County.