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Funding Sources

While the Rivers & Trails program doesn't offer grants or funding, we can suggest good funding sources.

To help you get started, here's a list of organizations that offer financial support for locally-led conservation projects. For more information, contact the organization directly or contact the Rivers & Trails office nearest you.

Also, check out Conservation Assistance Tools, currently maintained by Red Lodge Clearinghouse. It's a searchable a database of grants, cost sharing, and technical assistance designed to help local communities reach the information, potential partners, and financial support needed to complete grassroots conservation projects in the western United States.

Another great source is the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's Trail & Greenway Funding Guide. Click on Technical Assistance and then Funding Database to reach this searchable database that contains information about a variety of federal, state and private funding sources for trails and greenways.

For River-related grant opportunities, the NPS has an online listing of River Conservation Grant Opportunities.

For youth-related grant opportunities, visit our Kids to Conservation website.

  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
  • Audubon Society
  • Bullitt Foundation
  • Center for Watershed Protection
  • The Conservation Fund - 2000 Kodak American Greenway Awards Program
  • Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) - Know Your Watershed
  • Fish & Wildlife Foundation (& USFWS) - 5-Star Restoration Foundations
  • Izaack Walton League of America (IWLA) - Save Our Streams and Stream Doctor
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Resource Conservation & Development Councils (RC&D)
  • River Network Funding Directory (RN)
  • The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
  • Trust for Public Land (TPL)
State and Local programs
  • Americorps / VISTA
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Community Fundraisers
  • Corporate Volunteers & Funding
  • Florida - Preservation 2000 and Florida Forever
  • Land & Water Conservation Fund
  • Local Bond money
  • Local Utilities Commission
  • Media Attention
  • National Guard Construction Program
  • Preservation/Conservation Easements
  • Private donations from individuals
  • State Arts & Humanities programs
  • State Department of Natural Resources Stewardship Funds
  • State Department of Transportation (often manages the TEA-21)
  • State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO)
  • State Lotteries Environmental Grants
  • State Office of Travel & Tourism (ie marketing grants)
  • State Parks Grants programs
  • Statewide Revolving Funds for Preservation/Conservation
  • State Trails Fund (if any)
  • Suppliers, Vendors (donations of materials)
  • TEA-21 (Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century, formerly ISTEA) - Transportation Enhancements Program, Recreational Trails Fund, Scenic Byways, Congestion & Air Quality Mitigation (CMAQ), Bike/Ped Multi-Modal Transportation
  • Tech Companies
  • Universities
Federal programs
  • Americorps / VISTA
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    • Brownfields Program
    • Clean Water Act funds
    • 319 Funds - nonpoint source management
    • Wetlands Grants
  • Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA)
    • Project Impact
  • Federal Line Item
  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
    • Transportation Community System Preservation (TCSP)
    • TEA-21
  • Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    • Empowerment Zones/ Enterprise Communities (EZ/EC)
  • National Guard Construction Program
  • National Park Service (NPS)
    • National Park Service Challenge Cost Share
    • Guide to Federal Funding & Assistance, 1996
    • Guide to Foundation Grants, 1996
    • Land & Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)
    • Listing in the National Register of Historic Places
    • Multi-Objective Management Funding (MOM)
    • Save America's Treasures Program
    • Urban Park Recreation & Recovery (UPARR)
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
    • Stream Restoration & other programs
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
    • Community Restoration Program
  • Office of Surface Mining (OSM)
    • Clean Streams Initiative
    • interns
    • AMD & Art
    • RAMP
  • Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
    • Section 1135
    • Section 206 (Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration)
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
  • US Forest Service (USFS)
    • state and private forestry program
  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
    • Community Federal Information Partnership
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