World Trout Initiative Funding Guidelines

The World Trout Initiative funds only groups and efforts working to restore and protect wild, self-sustainable trout, salmon, and other fish species within their native range. This includes both indigenous fresh and salt water fish. We believe that the best way to accomplish this over the long-term is by ensuring that populations have high quality habitat and adequate stream flows, can migrate between habitats without human intervention, are not negatively impacted by hatchery and aquaculture operations, have protection from harmful non-native species and disease, and are not over-harvested.

We look for innovative groups that produce measurable results and work on long term solutions to root causes of the problem. Your efforts should be quantifiable, with specific goals, objectives, and action plans, and should include measures for evaluating success. Because we are a privately held company, we have the freedom to fund groups off the beaten path that base solutions on sound science. Most grants are in the range of $3,000 to $15,000.

We fund work that:

  • is action-oriented
  • builds public involvement and support
  • is strategic
  • focuses on root causes
  • accomplishes specific goals and objectives

We do not fund:

  • organizations without 501(c)(3) status or a comparable fiscal sponsor
  • land acquisition, land trusts or conservation easments
  • endowment funds
  • political candidate campaigns

Application Procedure

To find out if your work fits within our guidelines, take the eligibility quiz. If you qualify, you may proceed to the grant application form. Thank you for your interest in the World Trout Initiative

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