One way Rivers For Change supports Source To Sea principles is through our Source To Sea Grants program, distributing $1,000+ annually to projects and programs that integrate Source To Sea education and connect people to rivers.  We’re looking for passionate river lovers who want to help others understand the importance of learning about source to sea.

Eligibility – Grants will be given to individuals, organizations and projects that are related to or whose work ties into Source To Sea principles and meets eligibility requirements below.  Potential funded projects include Source To Sea educational expeditions, river research, environmental adventures, community events, photo & film projects, recreational programs, etc.  Programs & projects do not need to be water based.  On land programs that meet eligibility requirements will be considered. 

Funding – A minimum of $1,000 will be given out in 2021.  The decision to fund an applicant and the amount of money funded is the sole discretion of Rivers For Change.

Timeline – The application window is open until all grants have been made. 

Evaluation – We understand that Source To Sea education & awareness comes in many forms and we encourage all to apply.  We will thoroughly review each application as it is submitted using the following evaluation guidelines and priority areas.  

Source To Sea principles
– How well does the program or project tie into source to sea education.  

– Does the program or project positively benefit participants?
– Does it create opportunities for learning or new experiences?
– Is the impact measurable?
– Does the program connect people with rivers?

– Does the program or project integrate new or diverse groups with rivers?
– Does it encourage responsible use of the outdoors?

Priority Areas – In order to be considered for funding your project must, in some way, address at least two distinct priorities from the list below.

Citizen Science
Data Collection
– Can you connect with an environmental group that supports such science?
– Would it be possible to connect with other science or environmental related grant programs?

Addressing education before the start of your project
– Addressing education during your project
– How can your project continue to educate once complete

– Forms of community outreach and increasing awareness

Photography / Journalism
Express outstanding environmental/conservation priorities at a regional or national level
– How will your project message this and disseminate a product

River Conditions
Documenting such conditions as dams, potential mercury poisoning, fish habitats, irrigation, paper mills, etc
– Documenting the general state of different locations on the river for flow, erosion, deforestation, etc.

Pollution / Plastic Reporting
Documenting the type of pollution / plastics seen
– How would you collect or recommend cleanup
– Documenting the general locations on the river

Apply – To apply, complete and submit a 2021 grant application here

2019 Grant Recipient: Watershed Moments


Watershed Moments was a solo paddling expedition and social-engagement art project by Claire Dibble. Her trip covered all 2000 kilometers (1243 miles) of the Columbia River between the source near her home in Golden, British Columbia to the sea beyond Astoria, Oregon.

Her intention was to build a portrait of the river and the people who live along it, creating a sense of connection upstream and downstream in the process.

2019 Grant Recipient: Mississippi River Source to Sea

In 2019, LouAnne Harris completed a solo Source to Sea voyage down the Mississippi River.  Along the way she fundraised for Rivers For Change and documented her trip via Instagram & Facebook.


2018 Grant Recipient: Still River, Silent Jungle

“Still River, Silent Jungle” Is a documentary project that showcases the local passion to protect the most bio-diverse national park in the world, Madidi National Park, located in the Bolivian Amazon. In June 2018, a team of international whitewater kayakers, National Park guards, indigenous leaders and environmental activists descended the remote Tuichi River together, sharing their stories and reasons for protecting the river. The result of “Still River, Silent Jungle” (coming to festivals in 2019), will mark just the beginning of a movement to protect this region and the headwaters of the Amazon River from the Chepete-Bala mega dam proposals that threaten to flood almost 1000 square kilometers of Amazon Rainforest.