Freshwater Future

Project Grants


Freshwater Future’s Project Grants fund grassroots projects that promote river, lake, shoreline, wetland, groundwater, and drinking water protection in the Great Lakes Basin.

Application & Review Process

Fall Cycle Deadline: September 30, 2023

Applicants should read the grant RFP and fill out the application (available as a Word .docx file or as a PDF). Contact Laurie Breighner at with any questions.

Funding Amount

$500 – $5,000

The minimum request is $500 and the maximum request is $5,000. A financial match is not required, but if the applicant has one, they should include those amounts in the budget and identify the financial sources in the notes.



Grassroots project expenses and activities that promote water protection in the Great Lakes Basin, such as:

  • Influencing community or individual behavior
  • Addressing corporate conduct
  • Encouraging good public policies

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Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits that are also members of Freshwater Future.*


*You can verify your membership status at 231-348-8200.

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Land Type & Geography

Projects must be within the Great Lakes Basin.

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Statistics & Examples

Funding History

YearFunds Awarded# ProjectsAverage Award

Past Award Examples

$1,500Association for the Wolf Lake InitiativeWater quality testing of the Wolf Lake Watershed during the first year of a 10-year monitoring project.
$1,500Friends of Euclid CreekFacilitating educational workshops for communities in the Euclid Creek Watershed about riparian and wetland setbacks.
$3,000Friends of the Black River ForestSaving a stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline from a private golf course development.
$3,000Yellow Dog Watershed PreserveIncreasing river setbacks and buffer zones in the Yellow Dog Watershed.
$1,500Two Rivers CoalitionTesting for E. coli to support river health.

The information about this grant was last updated on 8/16/2023. Be sure to contact the granting organization directly to verify details.