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[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance offers grants to grassroots community projects that promote a healthy and sustainable environment. Now in its second year, the Environmental Demonstration Grant program provides a limited number of matching grants up to $2,500 to organizations for tangible projects that raise environmental awareness and can be replicated in other communities.
Examples of effective environmental demonstration programs include:
· Projects that restore stream-banks through the planting of trees or other vegetation
· Tree planting initiatives
· Promoting environmentally sound renewable energy sources (i.e. light bulb exchanges)
· Educational programs about environmental issues of local interest to adults or children
· Organized clean-ups that improve the environment or reclaim a damaged environment
· Efforts to remove invasive species
· School and community recycling and composting programs
· Programs that reduce the use of plastic bags or plastic bottles
· Projects that include the promotion of green building practices
Applicants must provide some monetary or in-kind funding match. Proposals and relevant documentation are accepted and considered on a first come, first served basis through July 1, 2009 based on funding availability. Applicants are notified within 30 days.
“Sullivan Renaissance is pleased to continue our support for a program that broadens opportunities for communities to address environmental opportunities and concerns that arise out of their beautification efforts ," said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee, “Last year’s projects were innovative and successful – qualities we would like to see duplicated again.”
Eleven projects were funded in 2008: recycling at Fallsburg and RJK Middle Schools; creation of an outdoor classroom at Sullivan West Elementary School; reusable bag programs in Wurtsboro and Eldred; LED holiday lights in Narrowsburg, habitat restoration on Panther and Callicoon Creeks in Youngsville; food for wild life program by the Sullivan County Long Beards; energy conservation education by SASD; and benefits of conservation easements with Delaware Highlands Conservancy.
The Environmental Demonstration Grant Program is made possible in part with support from the Sullivan County Legislature and Empire Resorts. Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. For more information or to request a copy of an application, contact Denise Frangipane at 845-295-2443 or visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org.