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Sullivan Renaissance recently announced that ten municipalities have been awarded a total of $92,000 in grant funding this year. The funding was made available through the 2017 Municipal Partnership and Community Development grant programs.
The towns of Fallsburg, Mamakating and Thompson, as well as the villages of Monticello and Jeffersonville, will each receive $15,000 as part of Sullivan Renaissance’s Municipal Partnership Grant Program. These five municipalities will utilize a combination of public funding, government grants and in-kind donations of goods and services to address maintenance and 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 award one of the five with a $100,000 capital grant secured by Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther.
In addition, the towns of Bethel and Liberty will each receive $5,000 through the Community Development Program to hire part-time seasonal personnel that will assist with maintenance of public spaces and key gateways. The town of Forestburgh will receive $5,000 to support its code enforcement efforts, including legal and engineering fees associated with the demolition of unsafe and unsightly structures along the Route 42 corridor. Finally, the Village of Liberty will receive $2,000 to nearly double the size of its hanging basket program.
“The grant from Sullivan Renaissance has enabled us to continue beautification efforts in the Town of Bethel. We are happy to be able to support the work of our community volunteers and to take care of the public spaces that add to the overall quality for our residents.” explained Town of Bethel Supervisor Dan Sturm, who also chairs the Sullivan County Board of Supervisors.
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 http://www.sullivanrenaissance.org/.