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Still Time for Communities to Apply for Beautification Grants

March 18, 2010

[FERNDALE] – Gardening expert C.L. Fornari will address Sullivan Renaissance grant recipients at the 2010 Spring Forum on Earth Day, April 22 at CVI Building in Ferndale.  At the forum, Sullivan Renaissance will distribute grants and “flower dollars” to approximately three dozen projects throughout Sullivan County.  Applications for these beautification and community development grants are still being accepted through March 24.

“With our volunteers armed with grants for seed money, ‘flower dollars’ and useful gardening information from C.L. Fornari, the gardens and flowers in Sullivan County should be beautiful in celebration of ten years of growing community pride and spirit!” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee.

Fornari’s keynote address and workshops at the Winter Conference were very well received and she will return to help groups move to the next phase of their projects.  She will talk about how communities can implement sustainable and inspiring gardens.  All are welcomed to attend.

C.L. Fornari is a regular speaker at garden clubs, civic associations, green industry conferences and flower shows including the New England Flower Show, Philadelphia Flower Show, and San Francisco Flower Show.  The host of “Gardenline” on WXTK radio, she has written several books and articles on gardening, including “A Garden Lover's Cape Cod,” “Gardening in Sandy Soils” and “Your Garden Shouldn't Make You Crazy.” 

The spring forum was originally scheduled for the week earlier but has been moved to accommodate the speaker’s schedule.  It begins at 7:00 p.m. in the CVI Building in Ferndale.  Refreshments will be served.

Applications for 2010 beautification and community development grants are accepted through March 24.  Several other Sullivan Renaissance grant programs have different deadlines and requirements. These include: environmental, municipal and seasonal grants; internship and scholarship programs for young people.  Check www.sullivanrenaissance.orgfor more details.

Since 2001 Sullivan Renaissance has funded hundreds of projects throughout Sullivan County. 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.  For more information call 845-295-2445.