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Tips on how to use completion grants and maintain projects in the fall

August 27, 2008

[FERNDALE] – A workshop on how to use completion grants and maintain projects through the fall will be presented to community groups that participated in Sullivan Renaissance 2008.  The program is Wednesday, September 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the CVIBuilding in Ferndale.     


All beautification groups that successfully completed projects this year receive a completion grant ranging from $250 up to $5,000 depending on their category level.  In addition, more than a dozen groups received additional grants up to $10,000 at the August 11th awards ceremony for demonstrating excellence in specific areas.  These funds are collectively referred to as “Phase II Grant Awards.”  The workshop will provide information on eligible uses for the grants, as well as ideas for how groups can use the funding to enhance their project and get a jump start on next year.


Sullivan Renaissance horticultural expert Vivian Multari-Ginsberg will also offer tips about essential fall maintenance practices to ensure that projects are well kept over the next few months.  Topics she will discuss include maintaining perennial beds, lawn repair and planting bulbs.  This portion of the workshop is a prelude to an October 15th seminar on “Putting Your Garden to Bed,” which will address winterizing shrubs and perennial beds, and putting them to sleep for a long winter’s rest.


Pre-registration is requested by Monday, September 8; contact Saraid Baez at 845-295-2445 or 


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.  Sponsorships for the 2008 program have also been provided by WSUL/WVOS and by Thunder 102.