WHAT YOU NEED
WHAT TO DO
About 20 citizens of the town who were very interested in recycling came together as a committee to figure out how to build a recycling center. As a result of their meeting, the committee asked the town and state governments for money to buy bins for recycling materials. They also laid out a plan describing how volunteers would run the recycling center once it was set up. The town and the state did help the volunteers, and the recycling center was opened within the year. Now, every Saturday, townspeople drive to the center to recycle many different kinds of materials.
Have class artists make a rendering of the proposed project. Display the drawings with copies of the proposals.
Explain to students what a grant application is: a request for funds. Have the committees use the completed planning form to help them write a grant request. The application should be in the form of a letter with two parts. In part 1, students describe their project and ask for money (up to $500). In part 2, they describe how community participation (volunteers, donations, collections, and so forth) will carry the project through.
If students are enthused about their project ideas, they might write their local newspaper and include their proposals for consideration by the community's adults.
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