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Small Grant Program now open

2023 Small grant program for outreach and education.

The Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture, one of 20 members of the National Fish Habitat Partnership, is proud to announce the 2023 Coldwater Stewardship Small Grants Program, to support outreach and training related to wild brook trout conservation.

This is a one-time opportunity made possible by a grant through NFHAP and the USFWS to the Canaan Valley Institute, with additional funding from RepYourWater and individual donations.  Whether we offer this again in the future will depend upon the level of interest from applicants, the program success, and also our ability to get external sponsorship.

The purpose of this program is to support organizations in efforts to promote, educate about, or provide training on coldwater conservation concepts and approaches that benefit wild brook trout in the Eastern range.  Projects should align with one of EBTJV’s six Conservation Actions and increase the collective awareness of or capability to achieve brook trout conservation goals.

We anticipate giving 3-5 awards of no less than $2,000 and no more than $12,000 each.

Applications are due via Google form no later than October 6, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET.

Applications will be scored by EBTJV's review team and notices made as soon as possible, with a target in mid November. 

See the full RFP for guidance, requirements, and instructions.


EBTJV's Conservation Actions

  1. Increase recreational fishing opportunities for wild Brook Trout
  1. Conserve and expand habitats that support robust wild Brook Trout populations
  1. Restore and reconnect suitable habitats adjacent to robust wild Brook Trout populations
  1. Conserve genetic diversity of wild Brook Trout populations
  1. Conserve unique wild Brook Trout life history strategies

(e.g., lacustrine populations, large river populations, and coastal populations)

  1. Minimize threats to wild Brook Trout populations

(e.g., degraded water quality, non-native species, altered hydrologic regimes)