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Bethel Local Development Corporation Announces Grant Program

May 23, 2013

[BETHEL] – The Bethel Local Development Corporation (BLDC) announced a new grant program for active commercial properties along the Route 17B Corridor in the Town of Bethel.  The Bethel Corridor Beautification Programis made possible with funding from Sullivan Renaissance.  The program will award a limited number of grants up to $1,000 in matching funds for projects that include: façade renovations, landscaping enhancements and signage in any combination.  The eligible project must comply with the corridor specific design guidelines contained in the town zoning.

Projects will be ranked and selected as funds are available based on:

·         The degree of visual impact and improvement from the current to proposed appearance

·         The degree to which the proposal incorporates or builds upon the town’s design guidelines

·         The degree to which future maintenance requirements are minimized

·         The degree to which the owner’s investment leverages the grant funds requested

“This is an exciting opportunity to provide support to our business community.  We are happy to work with them to promote their business and encourage customers by creating a welcoming and pleasing visual appearance.  We hope that the projects in this program and those that they inspire will attract more business and continue to make us proud to be part of the Town of Bethel,” said Bethel Supervisor Daniel Sturm. 

Applications will be available on the Town of Bethel website at  Applications must be received by Wednesday June 12 at 4:00 p.m. at Bethel Town Hall, by email, physical mail or in person.  For more information and to submit a grant application, contact: BLDC Manager Leon Smith at 845-583-4350 x 12 or  Mail applications to: BLDC BCB Application, PO Box 300, White Lake, NY 12786.

The mission of the BLDC is to promote the economy of the Town of Bethel.  The BLDC actively seeks grants and collaborates on projects in support of this mission.  The mission of Sullivan Renaissance is to enhance the appearance of Sullivan County while building a sense of community pride.