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LIBERTY – New approaches to education, rain barrels and community garden projects are among the first round of grants awarded to eight community organizations in Sullivan County. The funding is part of the 2010 Sullivan Renaissance Environmental Initiatives Grant program.
The program supports grassroots efforts to promote environmental stewardship through projects that raise community awareness and involvement. Each project has an educational component.
Recipients of the first round of funding include:
· Catskill Mountainkeeper – “Gaining a Sense of Sullivan” – development of a comprehensive Sullivan County based interdisciplinary school curriculum
· Delaware Highlands Conservancy – “You Are What You Eat” – program withfarmer and lecturer Joel Salatin, whose books include You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef
· NACL Theater – “The Little Farm Show” – original theater performance for young audiences and families, addressing issues of local agriculture, health, nutrition, environmental protection and sustainable farming practices
· Sullivan County Division of Planning and Environmental Management – “The Rain Barrel Connection” – educational project about ways to address storm water runoff through collection of water that can be used for lawn and garden care
· Liberty CDC – Community vegetable garden
· SullivanArc – Community vegetable garden
· Sullivan County Community College – Community vegetable garden
· Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless – Community vegetable garden
“We continue to be impressed each year with the creativity of community efforts to protect and conserve natural resources,” said Denise Frangipane, who coordinates the program for Sullivan Renaissance, “We are looking forward to working with these projects that bring innovation to environmental solutions.”
“Catskill Mountainkeeper is grateful for this start-up funding that will ultimately bring school districts and local agencies and organizations together for a common purpose – to enhance the understanding of, and appreciation for – the Sullivan County region by our future caretakers, the local youth,” said Aaron Bennett, Catskill Mountainkeeper Regional Director.
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.