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Sleepy Hollow OKs Grant Applications

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – A round of grant applications filed by Sleepy Hollow seek to improve the quality of life for residents, promote tourism and preserve a historic landmark.

Sleepy Hollow has filed five grant applications with state programs. Some of the grants are part of a consolidated funding round, which Fiona Hodgson, the village's grant writer, says is an attempt by the state to simplify the grant process.

Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray noted the village was only applying for grant funds. “We're not committing to spending anything,” he said. “We don't have the money yet.”

If approved, one of the grants would help fund about $1 million for a new water storage tank that would cost around $5 million. The grant is funded by the Empire State Development Grant Funds, which provides no more than 20 percent of the financing for projects. The grant does not require a matching contribution. Instead, it requires the village to have 10 percent equity in the project.

Two grants are designed to promote the village's Halloween events. A grant from the New York State Council on the Arts would provide a $60,000 grant to help the village bring the Irvington Town Hall Theater's Clocktown Players to perform at the 2013 Haunted Hayride and Block Party. The grant requires a 50 percent matching contribution.

A second grant from the New York State Division of Tourism would provide $40,000 to market the village as a Halloween attraction. The grant requires no matching contribution.

Two other grants seek to help fund the Tarrytown Lighthouse restoration. The village has already received about $800,000 in funding from the state, the National Park Service and Westchester County to help restore the lighthouse. The newest grant applications, if approved, would fund $10,000 toward a new Fresnel lens in the lighthouse and $10,000 to help refurbish the guardrail and lantern room. Both grants require a 50 percent match.

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