I solicited advice from an expert. I don't have permission to share her name but I want to share her advice because I think she absolutely nailed it.
Things to consider as you develop your project idea:
1. How is this connected to other efforts? From a habitat perspective, Greenspace, public trail use, curriculum, community planning, etc. Grantors want to see that they are getting a good value and that a project is well connected rather a stand alone.2. Has this project part of any strategic plan, or report - this can help show that the public was polled for ideas of what was important, and habitat/outdoor learning was identified.3. How will long-term maintenance handled (financed)? People get excited about things, then they disappear. What will keep this project going in 5 years, 10?
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