The passion shown by residents in the Great Lakes region for their local resources is inspiring and represents an important part of the environmental movement. Citizens participate in local decisions affecting our lakes, rivers, and wetlands, watchdog the enforcement of environmental laws, and create change through civic engagement. Through these important local activities, the citizens and community groups provide an important voice for water resource protection where the majority of land use decisions are made— at the local level. Realizing the importance of grassroots involvement, Freshwater Future provides financial assistance through our grants program to grassroots projects working to protect inland lakes, rivers, and wetlands. Organizations must be a member of Freshwater Future to be eligible for our grants program.
Our priority funding areas include: