Which one is grammatically correct?

The reason for me going there is obvious

The reason for me to go there is obvious.

My problem is not only with "reason+...." in particular.I'm also ambivalent as to which formation I should use ,for example , take the word "motivation". The motivation for them to start this project ..or the motivation for them starting this project.


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The correct structure is the one with to+infinitive:

The reason for me to go there is obvious.

In order to make the first example acceptable, it should be altered like this:

The reason for my going there is obvious.

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