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Economic Benefits of Beautification Noted in Keynote Talk

April 14, 2011

[LIBERTY] – Encouraged by Disney-expert Katy Moss Warner’s keynote address to grant recipients, volunteers will take part in dozens of beautification and community development projects throughout Sullivan County this spring.  Sullivan Renaissance awarded grants during its annual Spring Forum on April 14 at the CVI Building in Liberty. 


A total of 39 grants worth over $85,000 were given in six categories.  The list of participating communities and projects is attached.  Additional grants will be awarded in the next several weeks. 


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Sponsorships are provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects; Thunder 102 for Category B projects; and Thompson Sanitation for seasonal projects.  The Sullivan County Democrat and The River Reporter are also major sponsors.


Moss’s keynote address – “Value of Quality and Flowers” – was webcast live and is available from  She spoke about the importance of beauty, the importance of flowers and the value they deliver to tourism and economic development. 


The program opened with the singing of “Colors of the Wind” by Tri-Valley School student Ashley Exner.  The keynote was followed by refreshments and distribution of grants and “flower dollars” to community projects. 


Beginning its 11th year, Sullivan Renaissance is helping projects expend less effort while becoming more successful, in part through better garden design and planning.  A garden design panel reviewed plans for all of the new 2011 projects.  Staff will also be meeting with volunteers to address maintenance issues in some communities where the gardens are now ten years old.


This year, paid interns are available to work on all community beautification projects where they have been requested.  The six categories of grants announced on Thursday, include:

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

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

·         7 multiple element projects in Category B got $1500 grants and $250 in flower dollars;

·         6 community-wide projects in Category C were given $5000 grants and $500 in flower dollars;

·         3 communities were awarded community development grants and $250 in flower dollars: $10,000 for Roscoe Rockland Chamber of Commerce to develop a marketing program; $8000 to Wurtsboro Renaissance for D&H Canal Trail enhancement; and $9000 to Town of Lumberland for a town center site feasibility and market analysis.


This is the second year that Sullivan Renaissance is focusing special attention on the Village of Monticello, with support secured in part by the Hon. Maurice D. Hinchey, Member of Congress.  Renaissance is continuing to partner with the village board and the Monticello Business Association on special projects, as well as work with volunteers through a newly formed beautification group.


Sullivan Renaissance Flower Dollars are a resource that allows groups to purchase additional annual plants by July 8.  The dollars can only be used a local participating nursery, greenhouse or garden center; and they must be matched with plantings of an equal or greater value.


The beautification and community development projects must be completed by August 1.  Those vying for a Phase II grant will be judged on August 4, 5 and 6.  The second round of grants will then be announced at the Renaissance Awards Ceremony on August 8 at Monticello High School. 


Phase II awards range between $1000 and $10,000 – with the Golden Feather Grant of $25,000 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 design ($1000).  A Silver Feather Award of $10,000 is given in Category C, as well as a $5000 award for planning.  All projects that finish will receive completions grants.


Grants for seasonal demonstration projects (with support from Thompson Sanitation) , environmental initiatives, technical assistance and mini-grants will be awarded at a later date.


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.  T he Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce sponsors 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; Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H; 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








(with support from WSUL/WVOS)

  • Callicoon, Youngsville Environmental Preservation; Enhance Little Woods and Pavilion
  • Fallsburg, Timber Hill Homeowner’s Association; Entrance Sign and Garden
  • Liberty,Eastern NY Federal Credit Union/SCVA; Building Landscaping
  • Monticello, Action Toward Independence; Trees, Planters, Benches and Bushes
  • Monticello, Bethlehem Temple Church; Signage and Garden
  • Monticello, Hudson River Healthcare; Enhancement of Aesthetics (EACH)
  • Monticello, Friends of Dillon Park; Alice's Wonderland Entranceway
  • Monticello, Monticello School SLE Team; School Entrance Garden
  • Rockland, Livingston Manor Rotary; Enhancements to Rotary Park
  • Rockland, Roscoe Rockland Fire District; Firefighter & Veteran Memorial Garden
  • Thompson, Sullivan County SPCA; Horse Paddock Improvements
  • Thompson, YMCA of Sullivan County; Camp Welcome Sign and Garden
  • Tusten, Luxton Lake Property Association; Plaque area and Garden


(with support from Thunder 102)

  • Cochecton, Cochecton Ambulance Corps; Ambulance Corps Park

  • Delaware, St. James Episcopal Church;St. James Gardens

  • Fallsburg, Mountaindale Community Development; Mountaindale Rails to Trails Gateway
  • Highland, Highland Lake Fire Department; Landscape of Firehouse by Eagle Scout
  • Mamakating, Town of Mamakating; Gardens at Mamakating Town Park
  • Rockland, Livingston Manor Renaissance; Remember Refresh Recycle
  • Thompson, Rock Hill Business and Community Assoc.; Entrance Beautification Project   


  • Callicoon, Jeffersonville JEMS; Community Wide Beautification
  • Delaware, Callicoon Business Association; Main Street, Park and Nature Trail
  • Liberty, Liberty Pride; Downtown Gardens, Public Park Project
  • Lumberland, Lumberland Parks and Recreation; Veterans Memorial, Circle Park, signs
  • Neversink, Neversink Renaissance; Library, Museum, Route 55 Corridor
  • Tusten, Narrowsburg Beautification Group; DVAA Façade, Town Hall Courtyard


  • Lumberland, Town of Lumberland; Site Feasibility and Market Analysis
  • Mamakating, Wurtsboro Renaissance; D&H Canal Trail Enhancement
  • Rockland, Roscoe Chamber of Commerce; Develop Marketing Program


  • Callicoon, North Branch Fire Department; Spruce Up Firehouse
  • Fallsburg, Loch Sheldrake Renaissance; Route 52 Corridor Beautification
  • Fallsburg, Old Stone House of Hasbrouck; Repair Window Boxes, Signs, Planters          
  • Fallsburg, Woodridge Kiwanis Club; Maintain Prior Years Projects
  • Fallsburg, Woodbourne Action Committee; Maintain Prior Years Projects
  • Fallsburg, Yankee Lake Preservation Association; Fencing and Plantings
  • Liberty, Daytop Village, Inc. (Parksville);Maintain Prior Years Projects
  • Liberty, Sullivan County Ladies League/CDC; Sign and Garden Maintenance
  • Mamakating, Phillipsport Community Center; Spruce Up Prior Projects
  • Rockland, Roscoe Chamber of Commerce; Downtown Garden Maintenance


(support secured in part by Maurice Hinchey, Member of Congress)

  • Monticello, Monticello Beautification Group; Broadway Landscaping/ Clock/ Storefronts
  • Monticello, Village of Monticello; Broadway Lights/ Parking/ Alleyway Enhancements
  • Monticello, Coach USA; Short Line Bus Terminal Beautification
  • Monticello, Sullivan Renaissance; Exit 104 Gateway Improvements