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Implementation:  Funding

Pedestrian projects and programs can be funded by federal, State, local, private, or any combination of sources. A summary of federal pedestrian funding opportunities can be viewed at community involvement and one-on-one contact (the "people part" of fund raising).

Spark Plugs (Change Agents): Successful projects typically have one or more "can do" people in the right place at the right time, who provide the energy and vision to see a project through. Many successful "can do" politicians get their start as successful neighborhood activists.

Leveraging: Funds, once secured, should always be used to leverage additional funds. For example, a grant from a local foundation could be used as the required match for a Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21) Enhancement grant.

www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bikpedtr.htm. Communities that are most successful at securing funds often have the following ingredients of success:

Consensus on Priorities: Community consensus on what should be accomplished increases the likelihood of successfully funding a project. A divided or uninvolved community will find it more difficult to raise funds than a community that gives broad support to pedestrian improvement programs.

Dedication: Funding a project is hard work; usually, there are no shortcuts. It usually takes a great amount of effort by many people using multiple funding sources to complete a project successfully. Be aggressive, apply for many different community grants. While professional grant-writing specialists can help, they are no substitute.