Friday 18 January 2013

10 Tips for Successful EcoFriendly Action Grants

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi 

Emmanuel Village Community Garden
It’s easy to be discouraged when we see governments and corporations making bad decisions that damage the environment. But each of us helps to shape the future through our actions. We can make a difference. 

Look around you. How can you protect our local environment? Your project could involve studying and protecting wildlife or native plants. Maybe your youth group wants to adopt a local park or build bird boxes. Maybe you want to promote transportation or energy alternatives. You may have a water conservation or gardening project.

You can be an Eco Pioneer by making our little piece of the world a better place for all living things.

Grant Application Tips 
EcoFriendly Sask provides small grants of up to $500 to support local projects that will benefit the environment. Here are 10 tips to help you prepare a successful grant application.

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  1. Tell us who you are. Write it as if we know nothing about you and/or your organization. 
  2. Describe your project. Be specific and provide details. What will you do? When? How? 
  3. Show enthusiasm. Demonstrate your energy and passion for protecting the environment. 
  4. Tell us what you hope to achieve. Describe how your project will protect or promote the local environment. What will be the benefits? 
  5. Tell us how you will use the grant money. What are your main expenses? What are your other sources of revenue? 
  6. Do your homework. Take a look at our website and review past grant recipients. 
  7. Let us know how we can find out more about you and your project. Do you have a website or a Facebook page? What about newspaper articles? 
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask for more information. Send us an email; we’ll be happy to answer your questions. 
  9. Stay in touch. If we ask questions or request more information, respond in a timely fashion. 
  10. Successful applicants are strongly encouraged to provide updates and a final report and/or photographs. (You’re unlikely to receive future funding if you don’t.) 

Both individuals and groups are eligible for EcoFriendly Action Grants. You do not need to have charitable status. Applications are received and awarded on a continuous basis. New applicants will have precedence over people who have received funding in the past.

See also: 
Who is EcoFriendly Sask? 
EcoFriendly Action Grants
EcoFriendly Action Heroes 2012