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BEAUTIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR SEASONAL COMMUNITIES

Matching Reimbursable Grants Available in Sullivan County

March 17, 2011

[LIBERTY] – Opportunities for summer residents to enhance the appearance of their properties in Sullivan County are outlined in a new brochure released by Sullivan Renaissance.  “2011 Grants & Programs for Seasonal Communities” provides useful information and tips for communities wishing to participate in the program or simply beautify their own property.

Seasonal communities include second home communities, seasonal businesses, bungalow colonies and summer camps.

Under its grant program, Sullivan Renaissance provides matching grants for seasonal residents to improve the appearance of their properties with projects that serve as an example for others.  Available funding ranges from matching grants up to $2500 to reimbursable mini-grants up to $200.

Eligible projects include: fixing up entranceways and gates, planting flower gardens or other landscaping, removal of old structures and cleaning up dump sites, façade improvements, replacing fencing, upgrading signage, or simply planting flowers in planters or hanging baskets.  Improvements are made in areas visible to the public.

“Our brochure outlines our program a gives examples of projects that you can do in your community.  Our one-page application is easy to fill out and submit.  We’ll also help you with the paperwork and provide you with free horticultural assistance to make your project as easy to complete as possible,” said Richard Sush, who coordinates the program. 

Applications may be completed electronically and are available at http://www.sullivanrenaissance.org/participate/applications/.  They may mailed to: Sullivan Renaissance, c/o The Gerry Foundation, PO Box 311, Liberty, NY12754.  To receive a copy of the brochure, contact Richard Sush at 845-295-2445 or rsush@sullivanrenaissance.org.

Limited funding is available and applications will be reviewed as they are submitted.  Five matching grants were given to bungalow colony, businesses and second-home communities in 2010.

Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program funded by the Gerry Foundation.