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"There are numerous ways to fund projects and programs. 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 is absolutely essential to successfully funding a project. A divided or uninvolved community will find it very difficult to raise funds.

Hard Work: Funding a project is hard work; usually, there are no short cuts. It takes a lot of effort by a lot of people using multiple funding sources to successfully complete a project. Be aggressive, apply for everything. While professional grant writing specialists can help, they cannot substitute for 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 and 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 TEA-21 Enhancement grant.

The material provided on this page is from the FHWA publication "Pedestrian Facilities User Guide." This guide is currently under review by practicioners and others in the field. Subsequently, the material provided on this page is subject to change in the future.

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