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Grant Guidelines

Foundation Goal

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.  :::

Fundable Projects

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
Grantee Eligibility

Grantees must be a recognized 501(c)(3) organization or other tax-exempt charitable entity (such as a local government or educational institution).

Grant Selection

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


Application Process

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.
    1. 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.
    2. Total project overhead shall be limited to 15 percent of total expenses.
    3. 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:
    1. Current year organization-wide budget and year-to-date financial report
    2. Documentation of tax-exempt status
    3. Latest available audit and IRS Form 99
    4. List of Board of Directors with affiliations
Reporting Requirements
  • 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.
Foundation’s Role
  • 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.
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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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