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Grant Guidelines

The mission of the Trout and Salmon Foundation is to enable and accelerate the work of local conservation organizations, landowners, and government agencies by providing grants to restore cold water fish habitat.

Before submitting a grant application, please consider these grant guidelines:

  • We provide annual matching grants up to $5,000 for an individual project. On-site, volunteer labor by the recipient organization may be recognized as a matching resource.
  • We focus on projects that physically restore or enhance streams and fisheries habitat across a wide variety of regions and watersheds. 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, donations of materials and equipment, and other public and private funding sources.

Please review the list of grants made since 1972 to better understand the types of projects funded by the Trout and Salmon Foundation.

How to Apply

Proposals must be received before August 1 to be included in the annual grant review process held in September of each year.

To apply, please submit a detailed grant request that includes the following information:

  1. Name and address of organization together with the date of formation, type of legal entity, the state of formation, and contact person with phone, fax number and e-mail address.
  2. A brief (1 – 2 paragraph) history of the organization indicating its background, past accomplishments, and any charter or affiliation with other organizations, i.e. identification as a TU chapter.
  3. A one paragraph “Executive Summary” including a project description, the organization’s name, address, telephone, e-mail address and amount of funding requested. This “Executive Summary” is a key part of the grant request.
  4. A detailed statement outlining the project, including expected objectives and goals, scope of work by phase, and anticipated time frame, from initiation of work through the expected completion.
  5. An itemization of the labor, equipment and materials needed, including, if applicable, volunteer hours.
  6. A budget for the project, including a break out of sources of funding and current approval status.
  7. The amount of funds being sought from the Trout & Salmon Foundation and the proposed allocation of those funds to the project.
  8. Acknowledgement of the Trout & Salmon Foundation’s support in any public relations statements related to the project.
  9. All Grant recipients must submit an annual status report of their project to the Trout and Salmon Foundation upon request.

Please submit your proposal by Email, Mail, or using the Grant Submission form below:

By Email:
[email protected]

By Mail:
Trout and Salmon Foundation
4801 South Lawndale Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632