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| Oct. 17, 2017
[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance recently announced that funding will again be made available to towns and villages in Sullivan County through its Municipal Partnership Grant Program. The program is designed to engage local governments in addressing issues related to beautifying public spaces, enhancing code enforcement and encouraging healthy communities.
A limited number of municipalities will be selected to receive initial grants of $15,000 each through this program, which must be matched with at least $10,000 in municipal cash or in-kind services. Approved projects will also receive help from a part-time project assistant, as well as planning and design services through an on-call consulting arrangement. Participants will once again vie for a $100,000 grant made possible with support from Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.
Six municipalities participated in 2016: Bethel, Fallsburg, Thompson, the Village of Monticello and the Town and Village of Liberty. In August, the Town of Bethel won the top prize of $100,000 in Sullivan Renaissance’s annual beautification competition. With Bethel sitting out for a year, in addition to the four returning municipalities, Sullivan Renaissance plans to accept one or two additional municipalities into the grant program in 2017.
“We have fine-tuned the program based on feedback from last year,” explained Community Planner Helen Budrock. “Some of the changes include adjusting the judging criteria so that participants can pick an area of concentration for weighted scoring during the judging process, and allowing a portion of the funds to be used for grant administration and/or project management.”
Municipalities interested in participating in this grant program must complete an Expression of Interest form by December 2. An electronic version of the form is available on the Sullivan Renaissance web site.
Grant applications for Sullivan Renaissance’s core beautification program – targeted mainly at community groups, non-profit organizations and schools – will be released in January 2017. Prospective grantees are encouraged to schedule a site visit and consultation with staff now, before the area is blanketed with snow.
To set up a site visit, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445. To learn more about Sullivan Renaissance’s grant programs, visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org. You can also follow Sullivan Renaissance on Facebook.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.