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Financial Assistance:

  1. Financing your project
  2. Funding sources
  3. Maintaining your effort

Financing Your Project

A primary limitation to turning your plan into action will be the ability to fund your project. Numerous sources of funding and technical assistance are available to groups attempting watershed clean-up projects. The only problem is determining when, where, and how to begin a search.   See Appendix F for a matrix of possible funding sources for AMD projects.

Do Your Homework

Research funding sources early, and during each stage of your project.  Identify potential funding sources before you develop your financial and action plans. It will not only simplify your search, but allow you more time to widen its scope. If you have not previously established a base of funding sources, consider contacting several watershed associations with completed AMD projects. This information will provide you with sources of financial support and additional funding ideas.

Start With Your Partnership

All members of your partnership should be involved in funding efforts to demonstrate their commitment.

When researching each prospective funding source, find out:

Timing Is Everything

To secure funding, timing is essential.  It is important to deter­mine the time needed to create an effective application, including information-gathering, writing and rewriting, and internal review time. Getting an early start on funding will ensure that you do not miss critical funding deadlines. It is often helpful to include elected officials, community and business leaders, and agency representa­tives on your fundraising committee, since they often have excellent contacts within both public and private funding organizations.

Note Any Special Requirements

As you research funding sources, be sure to note the require­ments for applying, especially the type of organizational entity necessary for receiving an award. These requirements will have a direct bearing on how your application is structured, what organiza­tion will actually be submitting the application, and who will be responsible for financial management, reporting, and programmatic activity.

Parties responsible for reporting and handling management tasks need to agree up front what their duties will be. A memorandum of agreement should be drawn up to list responsibilities, if a number of separate organizations are involved.

Increase Your Chances for Getting Funding

Most applications for funding are direct requests for fairly specific activities. Projects that are:

receive more consideration than those which lack these qualities. Defining your project through the goals established for the water­shed helps focus projects that are developed for possible funding. In addition, letters of support from partnership member organizations, businesses, elected officials and other members show funding source representatives that your project has broad support.

Since AMD problems are formidable and funding is less than adequate, federal and state sources look for strong partnerships planning achievable projects when considering funding applications. The amount of support that a project has determines its ultimate success. Outreach and education are the keys to promoting involve­ment within the watershed community and sparking the interest of potential funding sources for AMD remediation projects. People need to know what AMD is, how it affects them and their local economy, the approaches involved in treating AMD, and what is necessary to implement the project. Support will be needed from citizens, government, industry, businesses, and other organizations to provide the expertise, resources, and funding required for success.

What Do States Look for in Funding Applications?

Pennsylvania's approach to funding considerations is instructive. State reviewers rate proposals according to the following criteria:

  • The potential for water quality improvement in the watershed

  • The potential for a state/federal/local partnership

  • The existence of funding from other sources

  • The potential for remining at the site