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LIBERTY – Sullivan County community groups are receiving grants that advance green initiatives and environmental protection as part of the 2009 Sullivan Renaissance Environmental Demonstration Grant program, made possible with support from the Sullivan County Legislature and Empire Resorts. The program supports both large and small efforts to engage citizens in projects which achieve a more sustainable environment.
The nine grant recipients include:
· Bashakill Area Association – “Come Clean One Village at a Time, Wurtsboro NY” light bulb exchange and education program;
· Bee Green Community Garden – atMorningside Park in the Town of Fallsburg;
· Delaware Highlands Conservancy – Land protection and conservation training;
· Benjamin Cosor Elementary, Fallsburg Central School – Stream restoration and creation of nature stations at East Pond Creek;
· Hospitality Green – Turning Kitchen Scraps to Tasty Treats” composting program;
· Nana’s House – “Twist and Shout” light bulb exchange and education program;
· Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Development – Energy Smart Communities initiative to help a village convert to solar energy;
· Sullivan County Long Beards – creation of blue bird and bat houses;
· Sullivan West Elementary School – nature trail education.
“The County Legislature is proud to once again partner with Sullivan Renaissance and Empire Resorts to provide these environmental demonstrations grants,” said Jonathon Rouis, Chair of the Sullivan County Legislature. “These demonstrations broke new ground in communities throughout Sullivan County, and we were thrilled to see other groups and municipalities embracing the ideas and trying them in their own homes and communities.”
“Sullivan Renaissance is really excited to support these projects. Several organizations have returned this year with new or expanded ideas that will help to make tangible changes in our communities,” said Denise Frangipane, who coordinates the program for Sullivan Renaissance.
Grant applications are now being accepted for a second round of funding which will be awarded early this summer. Applications are available at www.sullivanrenaissance.org or by contacting the Sullivan Renaissance office at 845.295.2445.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Additional support has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. Sponsorships are also provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects and by Thunder 102 for Category B projects.