Money can be a powerful motivating force, signaling to participants that a project should be taken seriously. It can make people and organizations feel legitimized, that someone is willing to give resources toward the advancement of resilience.
If funding is obtained with the understanding that the group will decide how to allocate the money, it can give your coalition a purpose, something around which people can come together to more accurately understand each other’s goals and priorities. Even a small amount of money can go a long way, even in a relatively well-off community.
Money, however, can also lead to disagreement and conflict about where and on what to spend it, and there can be a decreased support for your coalition if funding runs out. It is important therefore, to build the organization with people dedicated to furthering resilience whether or not money is involved.