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Flowers Make Our Communities Beautiful Places

April 17, 2009

[LIBERTY] – Communities throughout Sullivan County are beginning beautification, environmental and community development projects as a result of grants awarded during the Sullivan Renaissance Spring Forum on April 16 at the CVI Building in Liberty.  A total of 67 grants worth $103,575 were given in eight categories, with more announcements to come over the next several weeks. 

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 are also provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects and by Thunder 102 for Category B projects.

“We are always encouraging the showing of flowers, but especially this year, Sullivan County’s bicentennial celebration.  It is exciting to hear volunteers from each community describe the projects they are creating, and Sullivan Renaissance is particularly happy to have so many sponsors who join in supporting and helping these efforts,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee.

Eight categories of community beautification grants were awarded on Thursday, as recipients explained what they plan to do this year with their grants and additional money they raise:

·         15 single element projects in Category A received $1000 grants

·         14 multiple element projects in Category B got $1500 grants and paid youth internships

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

·           2 communities received $10,000 Community Enhancement Grants for special projects

·         10 maintenance grants of $750 went to help well-established groups maintain and embellish previously-funded projects

·           9 Environmental Demonstration Grants up to $2500 were awarded 

·           7 Spruce Up Your School awards went to class projects with amounts ranging up to $200 for gardens or theme projects; and one school getting $1000 for a special demonstration project

·           6 mini-grant projects will be reimbursed up to $200


The Beautification and Community Development projects must be completed by August 3.  Those vying for a Phase II grant will be judged on August 7, 8 and 9.  The second round of grants will then be announced at the Renaissance Awards Ceremony on August 10 at Tri-Valley School in Grahamsville. 

Phase II awards range between $1000 and $10,000 – with the Golden Feather Grant of $50,000 going to a Category C project.  A special emphasis on the Showing of Flowers for the Bicentennial has boosted the flower award to $2000 with one of the categories being selected as best overall showing of flowers and receiving $3000.  There are also three Stewardship Awards in each category: Historic ($2000), Environmental ($1000) and Best Practices ($1000).  A Silver Feather Award of $5000 is given in Category C for planning.  All projects that finish will receive completion grants.

The Community Enhancement Program grants of $10,000 went to the Bethel Local Development Corps (BLDC) and to the Swan Lake Renaissance to continue their community development efforts begun over three years ago.  The BLDC will use the money to improve its farmers market and to market its commercial district.  Swan Lake Renaissance will make improvements to its lakeside park and restore and interpret an historic cemetery.

Environmental Demonstration Grants between $250 and $2500 were given to nine projects that protect, enhance or conserve natural resources.  Projects will promote light bulb exchanges and education: expand a community garden; encourage use of solar electric systems in a village; raise awareness about land conservation; help with stream restoration and education; establish restaurant composting; create bird and bat houses; and interpret a nature trail.  This program is made possible through a cooperative effort with the Sullivan County Legislature and Empire Resorts.

Municipal Cleanup Grants, Seasonal Demonstration Grants, Technical Assistance Grants and Scholarships have not yet been awarded.  Additional Mini Grants and Environmental Demonstration Grants will also be awarded.

In partnership with the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, a limited number of scholarships to the college of one’s choice will be offered 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.  

Sullivan Renaissance collaborates with many organizations and agencies.  The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce continues to sponsor the merchant discount program, with over 60 businesses offering discounts for community projects.  The Center for Workforce Development administers the youth internship program, which has also added a leadership component this year. 

Several organizations help local groups to supplement their projects by providing some level of volunteer help such as general clean-up, site preparation, planting and painting.  Other assistance may also be available.  Some of these agencies include: Alternatives to Incarceration; Camp Shomria; Daytop; Delaware Valley Job Corps Center; New Hope Community; Occupations, Inc.; Retired Senior Volunteer Program; Sullivan County BOCES; and Workforce Development Board of Sullivan County, Inc.  Requests for assistance go through the Sullivan Renaissance office.

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      


(Some additional grant categories will still be awarded)


MUNICIPALITY           ORGANIZATION                                   PROJECT


  CATEGORY A (with support from WSUL/WVOS)


Bethel         Bethel Business Assoc.             Visitor center gazebo

Bethel         Daytop Swan Lake                     S ign replacement, plantings

Delaware     Hortonville Beautification             F açade improvements, plantings

Fallsburg     Fallsburg High School                 Entrance g ardens

Fallsburg     Loch Sheldrake Renaissance       Lake overlook beautification

Fallsburg     Sul. Co. Historical Society          Murals and gardens

Liberty         Daytop Parksville                       Flower beds, butterfly gardens

Liberty         Eastern NY Fed. Credit Union      Building landscaping

Liberty         Ladies League/Liberty ALIVE      Sign replacement, plantings

Liberty         Sullivan Peace/Liberty CDC         Peace pole and garden

Liberty         St. Peter’s Church Parish           Sign replacement, plantings

Liberty         Triangle Business Group            Route 52 beautification project

Rockland      Livingston Manor School             Entrance sign gardens

Thompson    D.R.E.A.M. Tank                        Box art in park

Woodridge    Woodridge Kiwanis                    Community bulletin board


  CATEGORY B (with support from Thunder 102)


Bloomingburg Our Lady of the Assumption     Meditation garden, flowers

Callicoon       Youngsville YEPC                    L andscape church thrift shop

Delaware       Callicoon Beautification             Retaining wall, flower beds

Fallsburg       Hurleyville Sullivan First            Main Street l andscaping

Fallsburg       Mountaindale Development        Creek walk bridge, gardens

Fallsburg       So. Fallsburg Action/SCDW      Theatre and plaza renewal

Fallsburg       SCCC                                     Community garden

Liberty           Liberty Bike                T rail development, revitalization

Liberty           WSS FD Ladies Auxiliary         Park enhancements

Mamakating   Phillipsport Com. Center           Gateway project

Monticello      Recovery Cen./Housing Auth.   Playground renovations, gardens

Neversink       Neversink Renaissance             Library landscape, kiosk

Rockland       Livingston Manor Renaissance   "Four way gain on upper main"

Tusten           Narrowsburg Beautification        Bridge and benches


  CATEGORY C (with support from Senator John J. Bonacic)


Jeffersonville    Chamber JEMS, WJFF           Downtown beautification

Fallsburg         Woodbourne Action Com.       Park, museum, gardens

Roscoe           Chamber of Commerce           Roscoe Gateways: To the River”

Wurtsboro       Wurtsboro Renaissance          Picnic grove, D&H Canal park




Bethel             BLDC                                    Farm market, marketing study

Liberty            Swan Lake                             Park, historic cemetery




Bethel             Bethel First

Bethel             The Club at Smallwood

Fallsburg         Mountaindale Action Committee

Fallsburg         Old Stone House Area Revitalization Project

Forestburgh     Forestburgh Renaissance

Lumberland      Town of Lumberland/Circle Park

Monticello        Landfield Avenue Synagogue

Monticello        Recovery Center

Monticello        Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless

Thompson        White Rock Colony




Liberty             HASC Summer Program         Campus landscaping

Liberty             Camp Shomria                       Vegetable garden

Monticello        Bethlehem Temple Church       Flower planters

Monticello        Temple Sholom                      “Looking Good is Contagious"

Monticello        United Methodist Church         Building landscaping

Tusten             Narrowsburg Business Assoc.Container plantings




Liberty             High School Garden Club         Special demo vegetable garden

Monticello        George L Cooke School           Landscape entrance or sign

Monticello        Robert J. Kaiser School           Theme project

Monticello        Robert J. Kaiser School           Theme project

Roscoe            Roscoe Central School            Landscape entrance or sign

Sullivan BOCES White Sulphur Springs           Landscape entrance or sign

Thompson        Nana's House Child Care         Theme project


  ENVIRONMENTAL DEMONSTRATION GRANTS (with support from the Sullivan County Legislature and Empire Resorts)


Basha Kill Area Association           Light bulb exchange, education, Wurtsboro

Bee Green Community Garden       Morningside Park in Fallsburg

Delaware Highlands Conservancy    Land protection and conservation training

Benjamin Cosor Elementary           Creek restoration, nature stations

Hospitality Green Composting        "Turning Kitchen Scraps to Tasty Treats”

Nana’s House Child Care               “Twist and Shout” light bulb exchange

SASD                                           Initiative to convert village to solar energy

Sullivan County Long Beards          Creation of blue bird and bat houses

Sullivan West Elementary School    Nature trail education