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11/17/15 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO Shelter Island’s new grant writer, Jennifer Mesiano Higham of Mesiano Consulting met with department chiefs Monday morning to listen to their ideas and provide an overview of what’s probable, possible and unlikely.

JULIE LANE PHOTO | Shelter Island’s new grant writer, Jennifer Mesiano Higham, met with department chiefs Monday morning to listen to their ideas and provide an overview of what’s probable, possible and unlikely.

With a New York State-imposed tax cap for municipalities, finding funds for necessary projects and services has forced Shelter Island to up its game in securing government grants.

One strategy the Town Board has developed is to return to a method it employed in the past — hiring a professional to discover what money is available and bring it to the Island.

The board and town department chiefs met its new grant writer, Jennifer Mesiano Higham, who operates Mesiano Consulting serving Long Island and the upstate capital region, at a public meeting Monday morning at Town Hall. In her presentation, Ms. Mesiano Higham gave them a realistic view of what they could expect and what would be unrealistic in meeting funding needs.

She said that most grants require municipalities to lay out money and await reimbursement. That’s a challenge for Shelter Island and one that will require careful balancing of which grants to pursue.

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