The objective of the Trout & Salmon Foundation is to aid in the restoration or improvement of any trout stream, salmon fishery, and/or ambient stream conditions, through research, education, publication, and physical stream restoration which will result in improved fish reproduction, fish growth and survival, or expansion of the trout/salmon fisheries by way of offering financial assistance for specific projects. All grants will be on a matching fund basis, although on-site labor by the recipient organization may be recognized in some cases.
The mission of the Trout and Salmon Foundation is to preserve and enhance the trout and salmon resources of North America. The Foundation seeks partnerships with local watershed organizations that are directly engaged with habitat improvement and restoration in order to fund projects that improve and expand trout and salmon habitat. The Trout and Salmon Foundation provides annual matching grants up to $5,000 for an individual project.
The Foundation has limited resources and places higher priority on projects that physically restore or enhance streams and fisheries habitat. Grant proposals to cover research, education or project management are given lower priority. We value projects in which our grants can serve as a catalyst for other sources of funding, including volunteer labor, and donations of materials and equipment, as well as other funding sources. We seek to diversify our grants to a variety of watersheds and regions.
All Trout and Salmon Foundation Grants are matching grants and range from $250 to a maximum of $10,000. The Foundation will on occasion initiate its own program, such as the 1993 video, “The River’s Return,” regarding stream restoration. A listing of the various grants made between 1972 – 2010 is available as a guideline of the support the Foundation provides. Although the Foundation was formed in 1969, the first grants were not made until 1972 when the assets were of sufficient size to provide enough income to start the granting process. All grants are made from income together with a small portion of the appreciated assets. All contributions to the Trout and Salmon Foundation go into the asset base. It should be noted that the Foundation is actively soliciting grants at all times with a due date to the Foundation by August 1st of each year. The Foundation’s Annual Meeting is usually held in mid-September of each year.
To apply, please submit a detailed funding request that includes the following information. Incomplete proposals will not be considered. Proposals must be received on or before August 1 to be included in the grant review process held annually in September by the Board of Directors.
Please submit your proposal to:
Trout and Salmon Foundation
4801 South Lawndale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632