NARROWSBURG – The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) voted on Oct. 1 to award $35,000 in Fiscal Year 2016 Technical Assistance Grants for 10 projects that help fulfill goals of the River Management Plan for the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River.
The latest grant round brings the cumulative amount to $809,325 that the UDC has provided to its member municipalities since 1988. In all, 240 projects have been funded through the Technical Assistance Grants (TAG) program.
Combined requests for applications submitted by the Aug. 28 deadline totaled $41,335. A special meeting of the Project Review Committee took place on Sept. 8 to deliberate. That committee provided a recommendation to the full Council for action at its Oct. 1 monthly meeting, which coincides with the date when the UDC’s new fiscal year began.
Technical Assistance Grants are available for non-construction projects conducted by the UDC’s eight member New York towns (Hancock, Fremont, Delaware, Cochecton, Tusten, Lumberland, Highland, and Deerpark), five Pennsylvania townships (Damascus, Berlin, Lackawaxen, Shohola, and Westfall), and their encompassing five river corridor counties. They can provide seed money for a municipality to embark on a project without having to dip into local tax dollars. Multiple applications are allowed.
Buckingham and Manchester Townships would be eligible to receive this member benefit if they joined the UDC.
The approved Fiscal Year 2016 TAG recipients are:
- Town of Lumberland – $7,000 review and update the town’s Comprehensive Plan;
- Shohola Township – $4,902 to purchase historic kiosks for Rohman Park;
- Town of Highland – $4,500 to develop a “Revitalizing the Monarch Butterfly” brochure;
- Town of Delaware – $4,460 to complete the codification process of town ordinances;
- Damascus Township – $3,218 to compile, generate, and distribute emergency action educational material;
- Berlin Township – $3,040 to purchase tax maps, create a base map of the township, and develop a municipal website;
- Town of Tusten – $2,300 to design a new town website;
- Town of Highland – $2,100 to develop a “Guide to Permits” brochure;
- Town of Tusten – $1,980 to plan a multi-generational park;
- Town of Lumberland – $1,500 to develop a historical markers brochure;
Mid-term progress reports by the successful grantees are due to the UDC by Feb. 29, 2016. The deadline for project completions is August 22, 2016.
To access a directory of the UDC’s Technical Assistance Grants from 1988-2015, review program guidelines, and download forms. Contact UDC Resource Specialist Travis O’Dell at (845) 252-3022 or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.