I am a naturalist at a family adventure and nature resort near Brevard North Carolina. I am converting the hay loft of our barn into a nature center and I am looking for granting/funding sources that would be interested in supporting the nature center's construction. Does anyone have any ideas? Check out our website at http://www.earthshinenature.com for more info on our nature programming. Thanks for any input you can offer. --Steve

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Comment by Steve O'Neil on December 11, 2011 at 7:01am
Hi Stacy, I am grateful for you thoughtfulness and willingness to help me get my project off the ground--any help or ideas will be greatly appreciated--thank you! Since I posted my funding ideas question I have moved the nature center into a small room in the lodge so I thankfully no longer need to attempt the large amount of construction that I was faced with in the beginning. Now I am mainly concerned with the continued day-to day operations of the nature center and my outreach and conservation projects. My current operational budget is in the $2,000-3,000 range and that is just barely keeping me afloat. To do it right I would need an initial start-up grant of ~$15,000 and from then on ~$5000/year for continued support. This would cover animal care and housing, the construction of a couple of new wildlife rehabilitation facilities and outdoor tortoise pens, a small storage building, materials for my reptile conservation/education, rehabilitation projects and education materials such as the much needed data projector and USB microscope.

That's it in a nutshell...and thank you for any ideas you an suggest.

If you are interested in following my projects you can sign up for my new blog at: http://www.earthshinenature.wordpress.com/

take care,
Steve
Comment by Stacey Albenberg on December 9, 2011 at 5:53am
I am currently researching funding sources for an outdoor K-12 program in SC so I am constantly coming across sources. If one comes up for physical plant ideas, I'll pass it along. How much do you think you need?

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