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Sullivan Renaissance Begins 10th Year of Funding

April 22, 2010

[LIBERTY] – Encouraged by gardening expert C.L. Fornari’s keynote address to grant recipients, volunteers will begin dozens of beautification, environmental and community development projects throughout Sullivan County.  For the 10th consecutive year, Sullivan Renaissance awarded grants during its annual Spring Forum on April 22 at the CVI Building in Liberty. 

A total of 64 grants worth over $65,000 have been given in nine categories.  A list of participating communities and projects is attached.  Additional grants may be awarded in 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.

“The fact that Sullivan Renaissance is celebrating its 10th year is a testament to our dedicated volunteers and their commitment to their community and neighbors.  The volunteers have taken the lead and have demonstrated in a marvelous way that the planting of flowers does more than beautify – it makes us feel better about ourselves – and that anything is possible,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee.

C.L. Fornari’s keynote address – “Ready, Set, Grow!” – was webcast live.  She spoke about garden design (including the “wow” factor), maintenance (weeding, watering) and critters (woodchucks, deer) before concluding with a Q&A session.  The keynote was followed by refreshments and distribution of grants and “flower dollars” to beautification and community development projects.  Recipients had a chance to talk with organizations that have volunteers interested in helping with individual projects. 

Sullivan Renaissance Flower Dollars are a new resource this year that allow groups to purchase additional annual plants by July 9.  The dollars can only be used at a local participating nursery, greenhouse or garden center; and they must be matched with plantings of an equal or greater value.

Nine categories of community beautification grants were announced on Thursday:

·         14 single element projects in Category A received $1000 grants and $100 in flower dollars;

·         10 multiple element projects in Category B got $1500 grants, $250 in flower dollars and paid youth internships;

·         5 three-year community development projects in Category C were given $5000 grants (with another $5000 in August), $250 in flower dollars, as well as interns and technical assistance;

·         2 communities received $5,000 community development grants and $250 in flower dollars as well as interns and technical assistance for special projects: the O&W Rail Trail in Fallsburg, Mountaindale and Woodridge; and the Daniel Pierce Library in Neversink;

·         3 maintenance grants up to $750 and $100 in flower dollars went to help well-established groups maintain and embellish previously-funded projects;

·         8 environmental initiative grants up to $2500 will support new approaches to education, rain barrel demonstrations and community garden projects;

·         4 seasonal matching grants up to $2500 will improve facades and landscape properties;

·         5 school and youth initiative awards went to class projects with amounts ranging up to $400 for gardens or theme projects with an educational component;

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


The beautification and community development projects must be completed by August 2.  Those vying for a Phase II grant will be judged on August 6, 7 and 8.  The second round of grants will then be announced at the Renaissance Awards Ceremony on August 9 at Monticello High School. 

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 Showing of Flowers award up to $5000 will be given to the community that has the best showing of flowers, along with four $1000 judge’s choice flower awards.  There are also three $1000 Stewardship Awards in each category: historic, environmental and best maintenance practices ($1000).  A Silver Feather Award of $5000 is given in Category C for planning.  All projects that finish will receive a completion grant.

Grants for municipal cleanup projects and technical assistance are awarded at a later date.  Additional mini-grants, seasonal demonstration grants and environmental initiative grants may 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. 

Several organizations help local groups 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       


MUNICIPALITY     ORGANIZATION                                          PROJECT


  • Bethel - Daytop Village, Inc. (Swan Lake) - Rock garden & sign
  • Callicoon - North Branch Fire Department - Northern Buck Brook sign
  • Callicoon - Youngsville Env. Preservation Com. - Gateway sign restoration & gardens
  • Delaware - Kenoza Lake United Methodist Ch. - New Blooms for Kenoza Lake
  • Highland - Town of Highland Senior Citizens - Highland bocce park
  • Liberty - Catholic Daughters of America - Cemetery signage & restoration
  • Liberty - Daytop Village, Inc. (Parksville) - Flower garden
  • Liberty - Loomis Area Neighborhood Watch - Loomis beautification
  • Mamakating - Mamakating Historical Society - Summitville Schoolhouse gardens
  • Monticello - Ethelbert Crawford Public Library - Livening up library lawns
  • Monticello - Literacy Volunteers of Sullivan Co. - Literacy Center beautification
  • Rockland - Livingston Manor Presbyterian Ch. - Landscaping & sidewalk
  • Thompson - Hebrew Day School - Sign & landscaping
  • Thompson - Sackett Lake Preservation Society - Welcome sign & garden

CATEGORY B - MULTI ELEMENT PROJECTS (with support from Thunder 102)

  • Bethel - Friends of the Airport - Airport enhancement project
  • Delaware - Callicoon Business Association - Main St. beautification
  • Fallsburg - Davos Homeowners Association - Davos beautification
  • Fallsburg - Loch Sheldrake Renaissance - Route 52 corridor beautification
  • Liberty - White Sulphur Springs Ladies Aux. - Fireman’s Park playground
  • Lumberland - Town of Lumberland Parks - Banners & landscaping
  • Mamakating - Phillipsport Community Center - Summitville-Phillipsport beautification
  • Monticello - St. John’s Episcopal Ch/Boys & Girls Clubs - Meditation garden & peace garden
  • Neversink - Time and the Valleys Museum - Cemetery restoration
  • Rockland - Livingston Manor Renaissance - “More Gain on Upper Main”

CATEGORY C - MULTI YEAR PROJECTS (with support from Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther)

  • Callicoon - Jeffersonville JEMS - Downtown beautification projects
  • Fallsburg - Woodbourne Action Committee - Welcome signs & downtown projects
  • Liberty - Liberty Pride - Liberty corridor beautification
  • Rockland - Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce - Downtown beautification projects
  • Tusten - Narrowsburg Beautification Group - Big Eddy Esplanade


  • Fallsburg - Town of Fallsburg - O & W Rails to Trails project
  • Neversink - Neversink Renaissance - Daniel Pierce Library landscaping


  • Fallsburg - Hurleyville Sullivan First - Maintenance of previous projects
  • Fallsburg - South Fallsburg Action Committee - Maintenance of previous projects
  • Fallsburg - Sullivan County Historical Society - Maintenance of previous projects

Sullivan Renaissance is still accepting applications for these grant programs, which have a rolling application deadline.  The following grants have been awarded to date:



  • Catskill Mountainkeeper - Place-based curriculum development
  • Delaware Highlands Conservancy - Farming conference with Joel Salatin
  • NACL Theatre - Production of “The Little Farm Show”
  • Sullivan County Rain Barrel Connection - Design and distribution of rain barrels
  • Liberty Community Development Corp - Community vegetable garden
  • SullivanArc - Community vegetable garden
  • Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless - Community vegetable garden
  • Sullivan County Community College - Community vegetable garden                  

SEASONAL DEMONSTRATION GRANTS (with support from Thompson Sanitation)

  • Bethel - United Talmudical Academy - Supermarket façade improvement
  • Fallsburg - Garden View Estates - Entryway landscaping
  • Woodridge - MYRCB – Merchav (Camp Morris) - Entryway landscaping
  • Woodridge - Regency Estates - Fence replacement


  • Benjamin Cosor Elementary School/K Kids - Beautification of grounds
  • Eldred High School/Boy Scout Troop 102 - High school entryway flowerbed
  • Monticello High School Eco Club - Organic gardening project
  • Sullivan West High School - Memorial garden
  • Sullivan County BOCES - Garden at White Sulphur Springs Sch.



  • Bethel - Bethel Local Development Corporation - Town hall sign gardens
  • Callicoon - Dirie Dairy Farm - New sign & landscaping
  • Cochecton - Fosterdale Motor Lodge - Butterfly & hummingbird garden
  • Delaware - Town of Delaware - Planters at courthouse
  • Liberty - Schoolbell Townhouses Homeowners Assoc. - Courtyard gardens
  • Liberty - Liberty Joint Fire District - Entrance gardens
  • Monticello - Monticello High School Drivers Ed Club - Landscaping at sign
  • Monticello - First Baptist Church of Monticello - Church sign and entry plantings
  • Monticello - Monticello Housing Authority - Front entry, sign & playground plantings
  • Monticello - Temple Sholom Beautification Committee - Border & entrance plantings
  • Monticello - Roark’s Tavern - Window murals & flowers
  • Rockland - Flour Power Bakery - Front gardens
  • Rockland - Sonoma Falls Farmers Market - Entryway gardens