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[FERNDALE] – Sullivan Renaissance announced over $100,000 in grants and additional resources to support 45 beautification projects during the Spring Forum on Thursday. The event marked the beginning of Sullivan Renaissance’s annual beautification contest. Community organizations received grants, resources and opportunities for technical assistance. Several projects will also receive support from gardening interns.
Thursday’s program featured garden guru, Lloyd Traven of Peace Tree Farm, who spoke about new plants, new uses for plants and new ways to showcase gardens. The forum also included exhibits by several of Sullivan County organizations offering resources for community projects. Volunteers networked with support agencies and neighbors to exchange ideas that will help to spruce up Sullivan County this season.
FOURTY-FIVE GRANTS ANNOUNCED
Beautification grants were presented in several categories including:
• Garden Grants – 11 single element projects received $1000 grants and $100 in flower dollars;
• Community Grants – 9 multiple element projects received $2500 grants and $250 in flower dollars;
• Maintenance Grants – 24 support grants meeting specific needs in each community received up to $1500 in grants, $250 in flower dollars, $250 in bulb dollars and additional assistance.
Beautification and maintenance efforts must be completed by August 1 and will be judged between August 4th and 6th for a second round of Phase II grants ranging from $1000 and $12,000. Winners will be announced at the Sullivan Renaissance Awards Ceremony on Monday, August 8 at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. Since 2001 Sullivan Renaissance has funded close to 1,000 projects throughout Sullivan County. This year’s program is made possible with support from WSUL/WVOS, Bold Gold Media Group/Thunder 102, the Center for Workforce Development, FisherMears Associates, Kristt Company, Robert Green Dealerships, the Sullivan County Democrat and The River Reporter. For more information about programs or for ways to get involved, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit the website at www.SullivanRenaissance.org.