Freshwater Future’s programs provide financial support to activities that actively promote aquatic habitat protection through community advocacy efforts working locally to protect drinking water, shorelines, inland lakes, rivers, and wetlands in the Great Lakes Basin.
Explore our current grant programs to learn which funding opportunity best supports your work:
Special Opportunity Grants are for grassroots projects that impact a Great Lakes Watershed. These grants can be used to fund up to $500 USD of a project. Special Opportunity Grant (SOG) requests are processed differently than traditional grants to help ensure a quick turnaround, therefore we maintain a reserve to support urgent projects or those that present a special, time-limited opportunity.
Great Lakes Network Grants are grants of up to $5,000 to support work that is required to achieve an important Great Lakes policy goal. Examples include hiring a consultant to draft a response to a government policy proposal, supporting an awareness campaign in the lead up to an important decision, or hiring an expert to clarify technical information. Applicants must be a member of the Great Lakes Network.
Project Grants Program provides financial support for activities led by community groups working to promote river, lake, shoreline, wetland, groundwater, and drinking water protection in the Great Lakes Basin through grassroots advocacy efforts. Awards range from $500 to $5,000 for grassroots project expenses and activities that promote water protection.
Your organization is eligible for a grant if:
You can also use this form to help determine your organization’s eligibility.
Requirements for all grant participants
United States applicants that do not have 501(c)(3) tax status or Ontario applications that are not registered charities governed by the Charities Accounting Act must have a sponsoring 501(c)(3) organization or registered charity. Learn more about sponsorship.
Already have a grant from Freshwater Future? Find the right reporting form.
Still not sure if you qualify? Give us a call 231-348-8200 or email Laurie@freshwaterfuture.org