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Sullivan County Announces 2020 Community Development Programs

Narrowsburg Mural

The Good of the Hive mural in Narrowsburg was funded in part by a 2019 Plans & Progress award to the Narrowsburg Chamber of Commerce.

Monticello, NY – Sullivan County has over $400,000 now available for municipalities, non-profits, and community organizations via 3 incentive programs.

The Plans & Progress Program assists local municipalities, community groups and not-for-profit organizations throughout Sullivan County with projects related to placemaking, tourism, community and economic development, image enhancement, trails development, health improvement, agricultural and farmland protection, and other County goals.

The Remove Unsafe Structures (RUSt) Program aims to clean up unsafe structures primarily in the County’s urban centers and community gateways. Properties which show promise for redevelopment and reuse will be prioritized, and $300,000 has been made available to reimburse tipping fees and disposal costs for municipalities who are demolishing vacant or abandoned buildings.

The Business-Friendly Zoning & Permitting Program incentivizes changes to local zoning codes and development review procedures in order to increase the efficiency and lower the expense of obtaining permits for new economic development — i.e., activities that will remove barriers to small business development and expansion posed by cumbersome, unclear, and costly regulations and processes.  Funding is available to support the costs of attorneys, planners and other professionals, permit-tracking technology, and related expenses.

“If you want to make your community a better place, we have the ways and means to help you accomplish that goal,” says District 9 Legislator Alan Sorensen, chair of the Legislature’s Planning Committee. “Become a part of the team that’s transforming Sullivan County!”

These programs are administered by the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Community Development. More information, including the program guidelines and application forms, is available on the Division’s page at, under “Technical Assistance & Funding Opportunities.”

Applications for the first round of funding must be received by 4 p.m. on March 6, 2020. Completed applications may be submitted electronically or delivered to the Division of Planning & Community Development, County Government Center, 100 North Street, Monticello, NY 12701.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss any projects with the Division of Planning and Community Development prior to applying. Staff is available to answer questions and to assist potential applicants with project development and applications. For more information, contact Shannon Cilento at, or call (845) 807-0529.