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Sullivan Renaissance Beautification Grants Awarded

March 28, 2008

[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance continues to grow with the announcement of 81 new beautification grants to communities throughout Sullivan County on March 27 at the CVI Building in Liberty.  Grants were also awarded to projects in two new categories: Hurleyville received a Community Enhancement Program grant, and seven organizations received Environmental Demonstration Grants.


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.  Significant sponsorships have also been provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects and by Thunder 102 for Category B projects.


 “It is always exciting to hear the volunteers describe the projects they will be creating in their communities.  Sullivan Renaissance is happy to support and help these efforts,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee, “We are also very pleased to promote and assist the new green direction that Sullivan County is taking.  Beautification and sustainability go hand in hand.”


The special Community Enhancement Program grant of $10,000 went to Hurleyville Sullivan First to continue its community development efforts begun over three years ago.  This new program allows organizations that have completed the Category C program to propose projects unique to their community in furtherance of their long-range plan.  Hurleyville will use the money in four areas:  purchase of a period street clock to enhance their gateway project; roof repairs and landscaping around the former St. Mary’s church building which will be converted into a museum annex and community hall; filing fees associated with submission of paperwork for non-profit status to the IRS; and the purchase of materials to construct a tool shed at Fireman’s Park.


The Environmental Demonstration Grants between $500 and $2500 were given to seven projects that protect, enhance or conserve natural resources.  Projects will encourage use of reusable bags, restore habitat, raise awareness about land conservation, expand recycling efforts and educate students.  This program is made possible through a cooperative effort with the Sullivan County Legislature and Empire Resorts.


Five categories of community beautification Phase I grants were awarded on Thursday:

·         21 single element projects in Category A received $1000

·         20 multiple element projects in Category B got $1500 and paid youth interns

·          5 three year-community development projects in Category C were given $5000 grants (with another $5000 in August), as well as interns and technical assistance

·         14 Mini-grants projects will be reimbursed up to $200

·         21 Spruce Up Your School awards up to $200 went to projects by classes or youth groups


These projects must be completed by August 4 and will be judged on August 8, 9 and 10.  A second round of grants will then be announced at the Renaissance Awards Ceremony on August 11 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel. 


These Phase II grants range between $1000 and $10,000 – with the Golden Feather Award of $50,000 going to a Category C project.  There are also Environmental Stewardship Awards, Historic Preservation Awards, Showing of Flowers Awards and Project Maintenance Awards in each category; a Silver Feather Award in Category C; as well as completion grants for projects that finish.


Applications for other Sullivan Renaissance programs are still being accepted, including: additional Environmental Demonstration Grants; Municipal Clean-Up Grants; Seasonal Matching Grants; and the Board of Realtors Sullivan Showcase Awards.


A new initiative this year is a scholarship program, offering a limited number of scholarships to the college of one’s choice to volunteers who make a significant contribution to a Renaissance project.  The Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) Foundation also offers full and part-time scholarships to Renaissance volunteers.  


The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce continues to sponsor the merchant discount program, with over fifty businesses offering discounts for community projects. 


Sullivan Renaissance is also participating in a solar lamp post demonstration project on the Main Street of the Village of Woodridge, at the waterfront park in Swan Lake, and at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel.  This is a partnership with New York State Energy Research Authority (NYSERDA), SolarOne Solutions and Hadco Lighting.


Sullivan Renaissance collaborates with many organizations and agencies including: the Center for Discovery in Harris, NY; the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management; and the Center for Workforce Development, which administers the youth internship program. 


Since 2001 Sullivan Renaissance has funded hundreds of projects throughout Sullivan County.  For more information about programs, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit the website at     


COMMUNITY          ORGANIZATION                                    PROJECT



2008 Category A (single elements)


Buck Brook           North Branch Fire Department        Enhance signs and gardens

Callicoon              Callicoon Business Association       Enhance signs and gardens

Hurleyville             Sullivan County Historical Society   Window murals, landscaping

Jeffersonville          St. Georges RC Church                 Cemetery enhancement

Kiamesha             Viznitz Institutions                         Welcome sign, landscaping

Liberty                  Liberty Bike Trail                           Trail head sign, landscaping

Livingston Manor   Catskill Fly Fishing Center             Sign landscaping, nature trail

Monticello             Monticello Elks Lodge #1544          New sign and landscaping

Monticello             Federation for the Homeless           Vegetable and herb garden

Monticello             Monticello Housing Authority          Building landscaping

Monticello             Landfield Avenue Synagogue          Street landscaping

Monticello             Temple Sholom                             Building landscaping

Monticello             White Rock Colony                       Garden enhancements

Mountaindale        Mountaindale Development             Labyrinth

Parksville              Parksville Daytop                          New sign and flowers

Parksville              Parksville USA                              Visitors booth improvements

Phillipsport            Phillipsport Community Center       Kiosk message center

Rock Hill               Sullivan County SPCA                   Building, sign landscaping

Smallwood            Smallwood Civic Association          Stream, park enhancement

Woodridge            Eagle Ridge Apartments                 Sign at senior apartments

Woodridge            Cong. Chavei Sholem Anshei          Entrance landscaping



2008 Category B (multiple elements)


Bloomingburg        Our Lady of the Assumption           Meditation garden

Forestburgh          Forestburgh Sullivan First               Playground, park upgrades

Hasbrouck            Concerned Citizens of Hasbrouck   Trim painting and gardens

Hurleyville             Bee Green Community Garden       Garden at Morningside Park

Jeffersonville          JEMS                                          Nature trail at school

Liberty                  Liberty Elks Lodge #1545              Façade improvement       

Liberty                  Liberty Presbyterian Church           Building landscaping

Livingston Manor   Livingston Manor Renaissance        Park improvements

Long Eddy            Long Eddy Renaissance                Landscaping, walking bridge

Lumberland           Glen Spey Cemetery Association   Small park project

Luxton Lake         Property Owners Association          Park creation

Mongaup Valley    Bethel First                                   Memorial park rehabilitation

Monticello             Recovery Center                            Street enhancements

Mountaindale        Mountaindale Action Committee      Rails to Trails

Narrowsburg          Narrowsburg Beautification Group   Eagle deck enhancements

Neversink              Neversink Renaissance                 Townwide beautification

Smallwood            Club at Smallwood                        Gardens and signs

South Fallsburg     Fallsburg Action Committee           Improve Railroad Plaza    

Woodridge            Woodridge Kiwanis                        Rails to Trails

Youngsville           Environmental Preservation Society Complete pavilion park


2008 Category C (multiple years)


Rock Hill               Business & Community Assn.       Mural,signs, paths

Roscoe                 Chamber of Commerce                 Sign, benches, murals

Swan Lake            Swan Lake Renaissance               Historic pavilion, sidewalks

Woodbourne         Woodbourne Action                       Park entrance, landscaping

Wurtsboro             Wurtsboro Renaissance                Landscape trailhead


2008 Mini Grants


Bethel                  United Methodist Church               Landscape sign             

Callicoon              Town of Delaware                          Flowers at sewer plant

Ferndale               Twin Bridge Play School                Sign, landscaping  

Hortonville             Hortonville Beautification                Flower plantings

Kenoza Lake         United Methodist Church               Welcome signs, flagpole

Liberty                  Floyd and Bobo’s Bakery              Planter boxes on sidewalk

Liberty                  Liberty Fitness Center                   Planter boxes on sidewalk

Liberty                  Light & Life Christian School          New gardens

Monticello             First Baptist Church                      Spruce up garden

Monticello             Monticello Senior Housing             Landscape apartments

Monticello             Literacy Volunteers                       Flowers at building

Monticello             St. Peter’s Church                        Enhance gardens

Parksville              HASC Summer Program               Flowers at sign

Woodbourne         Our Kids Day Camp                      Plant flowers


2008 School Grants


Club Rec at Rutherford              Container                Teach planting, gardens

Duggan School                         Theme                    Wildlife garden, shade trees

Emma Chase School                Entrance/Sign          Landscape sign and flagpole

Emma Chase School                Theme                     Butterfly garden

Emma Chase School                Container                 Container garden project

Emma Chase School                Container                 Container garden project

Emma Chase School                Container                 Container garden project

Emma Chase School                Container                 Container garden project

Fallsburg High School               Entrance/Sign          Gardens, rock wall & benches

George L Cooke School            Entrance/Sign          Bench and flowers for wildlife

Liberty Elementary                    Container                Containers at school entrance

Liberty Elementary                    Container                Containers at school entrance

Liberty High School                   Entrance                 Landscaping, tree plantings

Monticello High School              Theme                    Outdoor classroom

RJK Middle School                   Theme                     Tile mosaic about Catskills

RJK Middle School                   Theme                     Victory garden, windmill

Roscoe Central School              Entrance/Sign          Landscaping for two signs

White Sulphur Springs              Entrance/Sign          Garden enhancement

SC BOCES                              Theme                    Revitalize school garden

Sullivan West High School         Theme                    Enhance memorial garden

Schools Out at Tri-Valley           Container                Community project


2008 Environmental Demonstration Grants


Bashakill Area Association            Reusable bags in Wurtsboro

Town of Callicoon                          Habitat restoration to return wildlife to streams

Delaware Highlands Conservancy   Educational series about land conservation

Fallsburg Environmental Club         Establish mixed-paper recycling program

RJK Middle School Recycling        Pilot a full recycling program at the school

Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development           Energy smart students

Sullivan West Elementary             Outdoor classroom themed gardens


2008 Community Enhancement Program


Hurleyville Sullivan First                Community development in four areas