What We Support
The goal of the Forever our Rivers Foundation is to enhance the public connection to their rivers, enhance riparian habitat, and improve river aesthetics.
::: Proposals will be solicited by invitation to selected organizations through an internal review process. :::
The Foundation will support projects that advance the Foundation’s goal. Examples of projects that will be considered include, but are not limited to:
- Riparian invasive plant control and native plant restoration
- River and riverside trail construction
- Public access and boat launch area improvements
- Interpretative signage
- Water transactions to enhance river flows
- Wildlife habitat restoration
- Instream modifications for aquatic habitat and/or recreational benefit
Projects That Will Not Be Supported
The Foundation will not provide funding for:
- Advocacy or lobbying activities
- Endowment investments
- General support
- International projects
Grantees must be a recognized 501(c)(3) organization or other tax-exempt charitable entity (such as a local government or educational institution).
Grants will be selected by the Foundation’s board of directors. Factors used in identifying qualified grantees include:
- Ecological, recreational and/or social value of project goals
- Reputation and financial health of grantee organization
- Capabilities of key staff
- History of organization’s work on similar projects
- Clarity and viability of project budget
- Local support and capability of project partners
- Available in-kind and monetary match
- Connection of the project to a larger local or regional plan
Potential grantees should submit a short proposal to the Foundation that includes the following information:
- Project description, including Project goal; location; strategy and/or project approach; anticipated project outputs; systems to ensure the long-term viability of the project; the timeframe for completion; and project partners.
- Bios of key staff and their roles in a proposed grant.
- Clear metrics to be used to assess the success of the project.
- Project budget and financial narrative, including anticipated matching funds.
- Eligible project costs may include: labor, supplies, equipment rental, project-specific travel and food, incidental office expenses, sub-contractor costs and other expenses deemed necessary for project success. Organizational capacity may be approved on a case-by-case basis.
- Total project overhead shall be limited to 15 percent of total expenses.
- A minimum of 50 percent documented cash and/or in-kind match is required for all grants. The Foundation may issue a conditional grant award that can be used as a match for other grant applications.
- Supporting organizational information, including:
- Current year organization-wide budget and year-to-date financial report
- Documentation of tax-exempt status
- Latest available audit and IRS Form 99
- List of Board of Directors with affiliations
- Brief written interim reports on project progress are required that include a few photos to illustrate progress and a financial accounting of funds spent to date and match.
- A final written report is required that documents the outputs accomplished by the project, the initial impact of those outputs, and a final accounting of all expended funds and project match.
- A schedule for grant payments and interim and final reports will be included as part of a grant award.
- The Foundation board will review grant proposals and vote on grant awards.
- The Foundation will review grant narrative and financial reports as well as project records.
- The Foundation may, depending on project specifics, perform on-site inspections of project activities.
- The Foundation will conduct an annual audit of all Foundation activities and grants, and assess the overall influence that these have had on the Foundation’s goals.
- The Foundation will have a goal of limiting organizational expenses such that 85 percent of income is directed to grants.
Grant Guidelines (PDF)
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“Don’t tell fish stories where people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.”
- Mark Twain
“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.”
- Laura Gilpin
“We have an unknown distance yet to run, an unknown river to explore.”
- John Wesley Powell
“I love any discourse of rivers, fish and fishing.”
- Izaak Walton
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