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[LIBERTY] – Last evening volunteers from dozens of communities throughout Sullivan County received information about the best plants to grow in the region – and what kind of containers to put them in – while picking up grants for beautification and community development projects.
Sullivan Renaissance announced over $100,000 in funding for 40 grants and three special initiatives during its annual Spring Forum on April 19 at the CVI Building in Liberty. The list of participating communities and projects is attached. Additional grants will be awarded over 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, The River Reporter and FisherMears Associates are also major sponsors.
Thursday’s program featured a presentation entitled “Container Gardening – How Easy Is That” by Amy Lewis, Mary Lewis and Vivian Multari-Ginsberg. They outlined how to design site specific “garden-scapes,” give the containers the “Wow” factor by including the Renaissance Collection, and use the best practices to plant and maintain the containers.
The Renaissance Collection of annuals and perennials includes nine plants that do well in the Sullivan County climate and are designed to assist communities as the basis of new gardens or as additions to existing beds. The plants were displayed at the forum, and the collection is available from local nurseries and garden centers.
The program opened with the singing of “Imagine” by Amanda Langseder, Director of Programming at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County. The program was followed by refreshments and distribution of grants and “flower dollars” to community projects.
Beginning its 12th 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 2012 projects, while communities completed Maintenance Assessment Forms for their existing gardens.
Many projects will also receive support from paid interns through a partnership with Sullivan County Workforce Development
FORTY GRANTS WORTH OVER $75,000
The five categories of grants announced on Thursday, include:
· 13 single element projects in Category A received $1000 grants and $100 in flower dollars;
· 8 multiple element projects in Category B got $1500 grants and $250 in flower dollars;
· 4 community-wide projects in Category C were given $5000 grants and $500 in flower dollars;
· 11 maintenance support grants designed to meet specific needs in the community received $1000 grants, $250 in flower dollars and various kinds of technical assistance;
· 4 environmental initiatives totaling $8500 were awarded for: a composting project; accessible planting beds and solar powered water fountain at a community garden; a demonstration apple orchard; and continued work on an educational trail and outdoor learning space.
Sullivan Renaissance Flower Dollars are a resource that allows groups to purchase additional annual plants by July 8. The flower dollars can only be used at local participating nurseries, greenhouses or garden centers; and they must be matched with plantings of an equal or greater value.
The beautification and maintenance efforts must be completed by August 6. Those vying for a Phase II grant will be judged between August 9 and 12. The second round of grants will be announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 13 at SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake.
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 two $1000 Special Awards in each category: historic 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 completion grants.
In partnership with the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, a limited number of scholarships to the undergraduate college of one’s choice will be offered to volunteers who make a significant contribution to a Renaissance project. The SUNY Sullivan Foundation also offers full and part-time scholarships to Renaissance volunteers.
Grants for seasonal demonstration projects (with support from Thompson Sanitation), additional environmental initiatives, technical assistance and mini-grants will be awarded at a later date.
THREE SPECIAL INITIATIVES WORTH $25,000
Sullivan Renaissance also announced three special initiatives.
Sullivan Renaissance collaborates with many organizations and agencies. The Sullivan County
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.
2012 SULLIVAN RENAISSANCE GRANT RECIPIENTS
MUNICIPALITY ORGANIZATION PROJECT
CATEGORY A – SINGLE ELEMENT PROJECTS
(with support from WSUL/WVOS)
Bloomingburg Boy Scout Troop 101 Nine hole mini golf course
Ferndale CCE Master Gardeners Welcome sign gardens
Ferndale SCVA Building landscaping
Glen Spey Mackenzie School Garden signs and landscaping
Liberty United Methodist Church Building landscaping
Liv. Manor Congregation Agudas Achim Welcome sign and garden
Liv. Manor Livingston Manor Free Library Sign replacement and garden
Monticello Action Toward Independence New garden bed
Monticello Hudson River Healthcare ‘An Invitation to Beauty & Health’
Monticello Islamic Cultural Center Building and yard landscaping
Monticello Seventh Day Adventist Church Sign and gardens
Monticello The Recovery Center Sign and seating area
Mountaindale Yeshiva Zichron Mayir Yeshiva beautification
CATEGORY B – MULTI ELEMENT PROJECTS
(with support from Thunder 102)
Bethel Smallwood-Mongaup Valley FD 911 Memorial Park
Forestburgh Forestburgh Playhouse ‘Flowers for Forestburgh’
Fremont CenterTown of Fremont Sign and landscaping
Glen Spey Lumberland Park & Recreation Circle Park enhancements
Hurleyville SC Historical Society Celebrating history mural
Lk. Huntington Cochecton Vol. Ambulance Community Park enhancements
Monticello Friends of Dillon Park Alice’s Wonderland (Phase II)
Phillipsport Community Center Phillipsport gateway garden
CATEGORY C – COMMUNITY-WIDE PROJECTS
Callicoon Business Association Railroad Square improvements
Liberty Community Development Corp. Liberty Downtown Park
Narrowsburg Narrowsburg Beautification Group Big Eddy Esplanade
Rock Hill Business & Community Asso. Rock Hill farmer’s market
Bloomingburg Town of Mamakating
Ferndale Loomis Area Watch
Jeffersonville Jeffersonville JEMS
Livingston Manor Livingston Manor Renaissance
Monticello Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless
Neversink Neversink Renaissance
Roscoe Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce
Swan Lake Swan Lake Renaissance
Woodbourne Woodbourne Action Committee
Woodridge Woodridge Kiwanis
Wurtsboro Wurtsboro Renaissance
Liberty Cornell Cooperative Extension ‘Compost Happens’ project
Monticello RJK School Ecology Club Enhance a community garden
Neversink Tri Valley Central School Apple orchard demonstration
Roscoe Chamber of Commerce Riverside Park trail and education
(with support secured in part by U.S. Representative Maurice D. Hinchey and NYS Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther)
Monticello BeautificationGroup/VillageBoard Broadway Beautification
Sullivan County Gateway Projects Airport, Exit 104, Bus Terminal
Sullivan County Various locations Catskill Edible Garden Project