In many communities, funding is limited for supporting pollinator habitat – or is it? Often, the trick to supporting pollinators is to work within other initiatives that are already being funded. This can work very well as several environmental initiatives overlap with the needs of pollinators. So here are four hidden funding sources to support pollinator habitat.

Urban Forestry Funding

Urban forestry grants can support woodlots or street trees, both of which are opportunities to expand pollinator habitat. For woodlots, incorporate into your proposal a plan to increase native forb and shrub presence in the forest understory as well as on forest edges. For street trees, incorporate a “soft landing” garden of native species to be planted underneath the canopy of the street trees. In both cases, the trees that are planted should be native to your region.

Stormwater Funding

Stormwater funding often involves a lot of concrete infrastructure. However, there is no reason it cannot also include a rain garden of native plants or a native species buffer area. The inclusion of native species into your stormwater plans helps prevent erosion, absorbs runoff, and maintains the longevity of your roads.

Community Garden Grants

People typically focus on the veggies they wish to grow in their community gardens. But veggie gardens need pollinators, so native plants should be incorporated into the design. Whether mixed in with the vegetables or grown all together in one section of the garden, native plants should be included as an active participant in community gardens.

Clean Energy Grants

As our country transitions to cleaner energy sources, opportunities present themselves to support pollinators. If you are focusing on reducing the energy needed to heat and cool your buildings, you can include a pollinator foundation garden into your plans. The garden will cool the air outside your buildings, requiring you to use less energy to maintain the desired temperature. Solar energy is another opportunity, as you can require pollinator-friendly solar installations.

Get creative with funding to support pollinator habitat

There are more funding sources out there to support pollinator habitat than you might expect. You just need to think of all the ways pollinators interact with other areas that already receive funding. By viewing your projects with an eye to pollinators, you will uncover many ways to fund new pollinator habitat.

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