The projects can range in their complexity from more hands-on, task specific activities (that often require intensive work of the partners within the shorter timelines) to more complicated projects that sometimes include strategic planning with identified long-term goals, follow-up activities and evaluation as well as the involvement of stakeholders at higher levels of power.
Planning and implementing the projects often requires an establishment of a formal group such as a steering committee or a coalition that manages the project. Planning and implementing the projects can also involve searching for funding and hiring an additional person to coordinate the project.
Funding the implementation of the project may become a challenge. It is important to have a good inventory of the existing resources that are already available in the community. Very often the partnering organizations are willing to contribute different kinds of resources: seed grants, staff, volunteers, practicum students, space, facilities, equipment, all of which can minimize or completely call off the need for external financial assistance.
If a more substantial amount of money is needed, be creative in searching for suitable funders. Apart from the traditional funders, there are local businesses and/or philanthropists who are willing to support community initiatives. Engage them, if possible, from the early stages of project development, so that they can have a good grasp of what needs to be supported and why.
“We came up with the idea of creating a video that would be a novel way of supporting the ‘Action for Healthy Community’ in applying for funding.” – DIANNE GILLESPIE
“Once the project is set up and ready, other partners are quite willing to take it over.” – MOLLY HANSON-NAGEL
“The participating restaurants feared that the community would not be perceptive to the changes.” – FLORENCE SENECAL
“People are always interested in looking at something that is a unique project that they can volunteer to help out with.” – MOLLY HANSON-NAGEL
“Community gardens have been a perfect example of maximizing our resources” – MARGO FAUCHON
“We found a private funder to support the part-time community coordinator for the Avenue Food Security Network right in North Central Edmonton.” – DIANNE GILLESPIE