The application for grants from the Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund is now open. Completed applications are due July 15.
The Ice Mountain Environmental Stewardship Fund was established at Fremont Area Community Foundation in 2002 by what is now Nestlé Waters North America. Grants are made from the fund to sustain the waters and water-dependent natural resources of the Muskegon River Watershed by supporting conservation, enhancement, and restoration projects. The fund provides up to $50,000 annually and typical grants are from $5,000 to $20,000.
Grant requests are accepted for projects or programs that conserve, enhance, or restore the watershed and demonstrate collaboration among organizations. Past grants have supported erosion control projects, restoration of habitats and natural areas, cleanups, river bank stabilization, research, and more. One 2019 grant supported a three-year temperature study designed to allow for a better understanding of the river’s cold water resources and to inform possible measures to protect cold water species in the river. Another recently funded project will give students in Newaygo and Muskegon counties the opportunity to research, plan, design, and implement stewardship action projects along the river.
For more information or to begin an online grant application, visit facommunityfoundation.org/icemountain.