Partnering with the paddle sports industry Free Rivers Fund is providing grants for activist and conservation groups that commit to the fight to protect rivers from dams and development.
The Free Rivers Fund (FRF) supports initiatives and actions in defense of free flowing rivers. Free Rivers Fund aims to support those initiatives that most urgently need funding.
- The total amount of funding is not fixed but depends on the total incoming donations. They divide the total amount of money that the Free Rivers Fund receives by the number of projects funded. Generally, you can expect between 1000€ and 2000€.
What they want from you?
- They want you to get your work done and save your river, so they’re trying not to cause unnecessary effort for you. However, they do have an obligation towards their donors to keep them updated where their money is going. All they ask you to give them one update during the period of your Free Rivers Fund grant. They will share this through their (social) media channels, so please make sure you send one decent picture and a summary of max 4 sentences about what you are doing, your actions, your river, and how your project is going. That’s all they ask for!
- To apply for a FRF grant you just need a river and a plan of how the money will be used to help this river become or stay free flowing. This could be either action towards undamming rivers (removing existing structures that prevent a natural flow in a river bed, natural transport of sediments and barriers to migrating fish), or action to preserve free flowing rivers (fighting against new dams or hydropower projects). You do not need to be a registered non-profit organization but you must have a clear plan or already be in action to protect rivers in some capacity.
- Clean-Ups, general research projects, general renaturalisation and reforestation projects and any other project that has not the general aim to preserve or reinstate a river in it’s free-flowing state. As long as that general goal is met – the kind of project or action is up to you. In the past they have funded: costs for lawyers & legal fees, construction, protests, equipment to conduct research, photography, film & art projects & equipment, travel costs and much more.
For more information, visit Free Rivers Fund.