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Dream It Up: Planning Grants Available for Habitat and Nature Connection Projects

Released on Friday, September 11, 2020
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Funding is available for projects that improve habitat and connect people to nature. The Nature in the City 2021 grant cycle will fund planning projects up to $5,000. Join the free virtual Q&A session on Wednesday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m., where friendly Nature in the City staff will be available to answer questions (sign up at fcgov.com/register). Dream it Up: Planning Grant applications are due November 2.

Dream it Up: Planning Grant applications open September 15 for funds in 2021. Funding awards up to $5,000 will help transform ideas into ready-to-go projects. Planning grants can help groups form win-win partnerships, discover and overcome early challenges, and gain input and buy-in from the community the project will serve. Additionally, planning grants improve the quality of projects and the ease of implementation. For example, a planning grant might result in a professional, community-approved native plant landscape plan. Some other examples of planning grant elements include:

  • Hiring a landscape designer to create plans
  • Limited outreach supplies (e.g. snacks, maps, flip charts and pens for brainstorming meetings)
  • Doing a feasibility study (i.e. a process that explores the options and costs)

Join the virtual Q&A session on September 30, at 5:30 pm (sign up at fcgov.com/register). Nature in the City staff will be available to answer your questions or you can watch the recording later at www.fcgov.com/natureinthecity.

Nature in the City can fund a wide variety of projects that improve habitat and connect people to nature, all must be in the Fort Collins Growth Management Area. Some ideas include:

  • Native-habitat gardens
  • Turf conversions
  • Nature play areas
  • Outdoor classrooms/gathering spaces
  • Mini habitat/pollinator restorations
  • Your unique ideas!

Make it Happen: Implementation Grants will be offered in 2022 (applications will open in fall/winter 2021).

Go to www.fcgov.com/natureinthecity/apply to learn more.

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