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Funding for projects? Answered

Has anyone ever gotten outside funding for a project you were building? I have an idea for a device to make our local greenway trail safer but my investment in it would be at least a couple hundred dollars. I'm looking for ideas to gather outside funding for the project because it will benefit everyone who uses those trails. Because i am an individual and not an organization, my chances of getting grant money (even a mere $200) are slim.

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guyfrom7up

11 years ago

You could scrounge about a bit, but that can't get you all of your materials. My team (part of a school) of about 120 people did community service for one day of school (missed school! yay!) and me including 6 or 7 other people went to a solid wawste recycling plant. The paper that they recycled was amazing. People were rexycling full books, brand new posters, huge banners, etc. now back to topic Even though going direct to the manufacture would be good, but then you'd litter a nature walk with advertisments

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royalestel

11 years ago

You can also scrounge for scrap materials. If you haven't been dumpster diving before, you would not BELIEVE the great, brand new stuff that people discard.

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Kiteman

11 years ago

Depending what you are using, why not talk to the stores / manufacturers of the raw materials?

Explain that the project is for a Good Cause, and offer to attach their logo to the project in some way in return for supplying the items for free or at much-reduced cost. If you can get just one supplier to do it, and say they will in writing, other suppliers will be even more likely to follow suit.

You could ask an outdoors supplier (rainwear, boots, rucksacks etc) for a donation so they can have their logo visible to the people who would buy their stuff).

If the people you approach sell their produce online or over the phone, point out that their contact details would be seen by nearly 2 million potential customers world-wide every month ( http://www.quantcast.com/instructables.com ) for a fraction of the price of a magazine or website advert, and that those customers would be "self-selecting into the target market" (the sort of people who follow the link will already be pre-disposed to buying that kind of product).

Then all you have to do is include a link to their site in your "Tools" or "Materials" step (already common practice on the site), or even make an explicit "This project was made possible by the generosity of ...." link.

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zieak

11 years ago

Try contacting the trail manager. Most agencies have an operations and maintenance budget and if you pitch it to them they might welcome investing in it. Come to think of it - i might be willing to help bankroll it (as a trail advocate) care to give me more details? Perhaps a private message?