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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
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.