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Funds are not always available to finance environmental education efforts in communities and schools. This digest highlights steps for identifying potential sources for funding and how to apply for those funds. Two sources of monetary awards to groups and individuals are grants and gifts. Four steps to identify potential donors and apply for support are given: (1) define the objectives of your project; (2) search for funding sources; (3) select sources that fit your project by considering timelines for proposal submission, interests of the foundation, geographic limitations, and past projects funded; and (4) tailor your proposal to the potential donor by reading funding source materials carefully, emulating their writing style, following application instructions, being explicit about project outcomes, proposing unique project qualities, and applying ideas from proposal writing reference materials. Contains a list of 15 references for writing proposal grants. (MDH)

Descriptors: Donors, Educational Finance, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Financial Support, Foundation Programs, Fund Raising, Grants, Program Proposals, Proposal Writing, State Federal Aid

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Autor: Heimlich, Joe E.; Puglisi, Dawn D.


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