The Waterman Fund Grant

The Waterman Fund

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Grant amount: Approximately US $3,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 15, 2020

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University Elementary / Secondary School

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Canada, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:




 The Waterman Fund fosters the spirit of wildness and strengthens the stewardship and understanding of the alpine areas of Northeastern North America to conserve their ecological, cultural, and recreational values.

We pursue this mission through:

  • Education & Outreach
  • Trail Rehabilitation
  • Research

Our Vision

  • Alpine areas retain their ecological integrity.
  • Every visitor stewards the land and experiences its wonder.
  • Least intrusive management practices prevail and human impacts are minimized.
  • The spirit of wildness pervades the mountains.

Examples of Appropriate Projects

  • Alpine area trail rehabilitation.
  • Alpine education, including summit steward projects.
  • Projects that blend education efforts with resource protection.
  • Projects that further the ethics described in the Waterman’s writings on the spirit of wildness.
  • Research that strengthens human stewardship and understanding of the alpine zone.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and local, state, or federal agencies are welcome to apply.
    • Individuals may apply through a nonprofit organization, agency, or university.
  • The Fund requires a match of at least 25% of the requested amount with cash, materials, labor, accommodations and/or in-kind services. 
  • Start-up projects are encouraged.
  • The average grant award is $3,000 but larger or smaller grants will be considered.
  • Your project should:
    • fulfill the Waterman Fund mission 
    • include an education and/or outreach component
    • demonstrate your ability to carry out the project
    • for research projects, show technical and scientific merit, and a direct link to on-the-ground conservation.
    • illustrate any ethical considerations and/or mitigation efforts you will take to minimize the effects of your project on the “spirit of wildness” in the outdoors.
  • The Fund requires a match of at least 25% of the requested amount with cash, materials, labor, accommodations and/or in-kind services.
    • Higher match amounts could increase the competitiveness of your request.


  • The Fund encourages Canadian alpine managers and researchers to apply for grants.


  • The Fund generally does not support long-term or programmatic needs for more than a year or two.
  • Examples of Projects the Fund Would Not Support
    • Major trail reconstruction below treeline
    • Trail reconstruction or research projects lacking an educational or outreach component
    • Campsite rehabilitation or composting toilets