Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Let's Get Ready to Renaissance!

It's that time of year again!...time to plan your Renaissance Projects...
An Overview of the 2012 Grant Program and How to Apply

[FERNDALE] – Volunteers interested in learning about the 2012 Sullivan Renaissance grant program and getting help in planning their projects and completing their applications should attend the “Get Ready to Renaissance” seminar on Wednesday, February 1 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale. 
The seminar will review the basics of the Sullivan Renaissance program, including how to apply for grants, deadlines, youth involvement, design and maintenance changes and other requirements.  Staff will discuss project ideas and review paperwork with potential applicants.  Refreshments will be served.
Beginning February 1, applications are available for download from the Sullivan Renaissance web site  in a portable document format (PDF) with fillable form fields.  Applications can be completed electronically and e-mailed to Sullivan Renaissance (along with required documentation) or printed and mailed before March 23.
If requested, Sullivan Renaissance representatives will visit communities at their convenience to explain the program, review the garden design plans and assist with the application process.
Beautification and community development grant applications are due by Wednesday, March 21.  These grants will be awarded at the Spring Forum on April 19 at the CVI Building in Liberty.  Projects must be completed in August.  Some Sullivan Renaissance grant programs have different deadlines, including: environmental and seasonal grants; and scholarships.  Intern applications are due on April 7. 
Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation. 
Individuals wishing to attend the Sullivan Renaissance Annual Conference and Expo on Saturday, March 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the CVI Center in Ferndale will be able to register and sign up for workshops directly on-line beginning February 1.  Keynote speaker Joe Lamp’l, host of the TV series “Growing a Greener World,” will talk about the latest trends in eco-friendly living. 
To register or for information, visit www.sullivanrenaissance.org or call 845-295-2445.