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FERNDALE – Grant opportunities to support efforts by Sullivan County youth to make a positive difference in their school or community are available from Sullivan Renaissance. Formerly the “Spruce up Your School Program,” this effort has expanded to support youth-led initiatives that take place throughout the community.
Eligible projects might include: planting trees or flowering shrubs at schools; beautification and landscaping enhancements of school entryways or signs; curriculum based gardens that focus on nutrition and healthy food; special projects that advance the experience of youth in the area of environmental stewardship and youth led initiatives in the community.
Sullivan County youth and their teachers or organizational leaders are invited to apply for a grant up to $250. Proposals requesting more than this amount will be considered based on the merit of the project. The application process is uncomplicated and forms are available on line at www.sullivanrenaissance.org. Proposals are accepted and considered on a first come, first served basis based on funding availability. Applications are reviewed by a committee and applicants notified within approximately 30 days whether they have been approved.
“It is important that young people have opportunities to become involved in their communities and Sullivan Renaissance is committed to helping make that possible,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee.
In addition to the grant, participating projects are eligible to receive an Arbor Day tree to plant with the assistance from students at Tri-Valley FFA.
Sullivan Renaissance has additional opportunities for youth to become involved in their community, including internships and scholarships. To receive a grant application or more information, contact
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.