With any development project, much focus is placed on the big picture, the final product. However more often than not, many never think about the road taken to get to this final product. During the initial stages of planning, sources of money and budgets are of the utmost of concern as the design must fit within these constraints. Grants are an essential part in fulfilling these budgets, making even the most innovative and grandiose projects a reality.
Grants are a major component to creating sustainable and innovative components in developing cities. Grants are often times given to those projects that demonstrate industry distinction and are branded to create lasting impacts.
Within the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, many key projects are seeing completion through grants. The city has received nearly $1.5 million from the Nebraska Environmental Trust which has helped to:
- Renovate Centennial Mall, which serves as a green space connection between Nebraska's most important institutions: the State Capitol and the University of Nebraska;
- Conserve rare saline wetlands, home to the endangered Salt Creek tiger and unique ecosystem; and
- Develop a prairie corridor, including recreational trails and green space.
All of these projects would not be possible without the assistance of grants.
Grants place an emphasis on the importance of sustainability and innovation in design. Urban growth depends on grants in order to help fund projects in both the public and private sector. Although budgets can come from donations or taxes, grants highlight the importance of marketing a project as a way to receive funding, a valuable note to take away.
How have you seen projects come to life through grants in your city?
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