Finding the Grant
Cyber-Sierra's Conservation Grants Center grew out of a private e-News service developed and maintained by Jean Saffell (that's me). Since 1997 I've been 'scrounging' the web for grant opportunities for conservation, environmental and natural resource field projects. This is a hands-on, been-there-done-that, kind of site.
Here's a recent note from David Smith in Hawaii, who has benefited from the environmental grants information:
Jean - ...I just wanted to thank you for your help in getting me started in the fund-raising 'business'.
I started from scratch this past year, with a goal to raise $25,000 for a wetland restoration project in my hometown (Kailua, Hawaii). To date I have raised $149,000, with another $150,000 in likely prospects pending.
We have about 14 active partners in the project including three local elementary schools (they are spear-heading the research and planning phase of the project), City/County, State and Federal governments, private foundations, and other local and international organizations.
Many of the funding partners are 'in' for a second round next year. I am hoping for a total build-out on the project over two years to be approximately $340,000, including habitat restoration, water delivery and public education. And the community gets a nice little wetland wildlife sanctuary - greenspace right in their backyard.
Thank you so much for your help and continuing efforts. Just wanted to give you a reminder that your efforts really do pay off 'on the ground'. You are providing a great service.
Obtaining a grant to do watershed and conservation work is a matter of persistent effort. Writing a grant proposal is not an arcane science. Grants are obtained by putting forward your proposal in plain English: You tell the funding source what it is you want to do, why you want to do it, how you expect to get the work accomplished and how much money it will take to complete the project. It is a simple process, but very competitive.
Line up your potential funding sources and get busy writing!
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