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Excerpt from a grant proposal written for the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

August 5, 2013

XYZ Foundation
123 Main St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Dear Ms. XXXXXX,

Thank you for your invitation to submit a grant application as we seek funding for the new Living Planet Aquarium building, exhibits and educational programs. Over the years your foundation has made a tremendous difference in our community by supporting Utah nonprofits that are both educational and beneficial to children and youth. Since 1999, when our "Aqua Van" began visiting local schools with exhibitions about undersea life, the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium has been dedicated to inspiring and educating children and adults alike about Earth's diverse ecosystems. We thereby cordially invite the XYZ Foundation to consider making a donation of $10,000 towards the Mangrove Habitat in our new Ocean Explorer Gallery.

Proposed Use of Grant

The XYZ Foundation will be recognized as the sponsor of the Mangrove Habitat exhibit as part of the Ocean Explorer Gallery. This is an important exhibit area as Mangrove Habitat is often referred to as "Nature's Nursery." The branches and roots of mangrove trees provide shelter for a variety of animals and serve as an important indicator of the health of the coastal waterways. Mangrove branches provide nesting sites for many species of birds, and mangrove roots both above and below the water provides a safe haven for crabs, shrimp, oysters, mussels and a variety of coastal fish species.

The Mangrove Habitat exhibit in the new facility will showcase the important role that the mangrove plays by featuring many coastal species of fish and invertebrates in a 1,800 gallon tank. Two highly unique mangrove inhabitants, the Archer Fish and Mudskippers, are already popular with young Aquarium visitors. The Archer Fish is so named for its incredible ability to "shoot down" insect prey with a well-aimed spurt of water from its mouth. Mudskippers, amphibious fish, can use their pectoral fins to move around on land as well as in the water.

Mangrove habitats around the world are being decimated by commercial interests, threatening the many species that call them home. Support from the XYZ Foundation will help both children and adult visitors to the Aquarium to better understand the role humans play in protecting our oceans and help them to make important environmental impact decisions.