Monticello, NY – This time of year, the Sullivan County Legislature commences accepting applications for the Legislative Discretionary Contract Program, intended for not-for-profit agencies seeking legislative funding. But this is no ordinary year.
“While we’d like to offer this funding opportunity to worthy local organizations, we’re holding off on the continuation of this program until we have a better handle on our COVID-damaged finances,” Legislature Chairman Robert A. Doherty explains. “There’s just too much uncertainty about our fiscal future right now, and we have to be responsible to taxpayers every step of the way.”
The purpose of the program is to give funding to community and not-for-profit organizations throughout Sullivan County that have specific needs or Countywide significance tied to County or municipal goals. Applicants must be not-for-profit agencies or civic organizations operating within Sullivan County but not part of County government.
“Due to the economic impacts of coronavirus, earlier this year we had to lower and even eliminate some of the $300,000 in 2020 funding we provided to nonprofits,” Doherty adds. “As those impacts lessen, we’ll have a better idea of what we can and can’t afford throughout County government in 2021, including the Discretionary Contract Program.”
Notification will be issued publicly if and when the program restarts.