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[FERNDALE] – In March, Sullivan Renaissance announced that five municipalities – Fallsburg, Jeffersonville, Mamakating, Monticello and Thompson -- would be participating in this year’s Municipal Partnership Grant Program. The competition within the program became more heated this week with Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther’s surprise announcement that the top prize has been increased from $100,000 to $250,000.
The golden feather is a state grant that comes from the New York State Dormitory Authority and can only be used for capital projects involving construction or the purchase of fixed assets such as playground equipment.
“What impresses me the most about Sullivan Renaissance is how the program mobilizes the community and produces tangible results” remarked Gunther after making the announcement.
Sullivan Renaissance Chairwoman Sandra Gerry added “We are grateful to Aileen for her support over the years, and are excited about the opportunity to provide a significant amount of funding this year. With an infusion of funds of this magnitude, the winning community can use the grant to do something impactful.”
Each municipality received a $15,000 grant in March to implement local projects addressing beautification of public spaces, code enforcement and building healthy communities. A panel of judges from outside Sullivan County will check on their progress in early August, and choose one of the five to receive the “Golden Feather” award at Sullivan Renaissance’s awards ceremony on August 7th.
Additional prizes in the Municipal Partnership Grant Program include a second-place $50,000 “Silver Feather” award made possible by a bequest from former Sullivan Renaissance Judge and Liberty native Tim Stoddard, and a third place $25,000 “Bronze Feather” award from the Gerry Foundation.
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation with support from Bold Gold Media Group, Fisher Mears Associates, The River Reporter, The Sullivan County Democrat and Thompson Sanitation. For information, contact 845-295-2445 or SullivanRenaissance.org.
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