The Verde Business Conservation program funds conservation, restoration, and education projects that help preserve, restore, or enhance the Verde River and its tributaries.

Project proposals are accepted from public land managers, local municipalities,  or non-profit organizations. Once proposals are received, our advisory council chooses the best projects based on environmental impact, community involvement, and available funding. All funded projects are to be completed within a 12-month period. Verde Conservation projects include trail building and improvements, river access points maintenance, water conservation efforts, habitat restoration and improvements for river recreation, such as boating, fishing, and birding.

Request For Proposals 2020 Grants

The 2020 granting cycle is now open. Please click on the links below for the RFP documents.

FY20 Verde Grant RFP

FY20 Verde Grant Budget Template

Application due: October 1, 2019
Grant awards announced mid November 2019
Awards distributed early January 2020

2019 Funded Projects

2018 Funded Projects

2017 Funded Projects

Verde Watershed Ambassador Program, Oak Creek Watershed Council

The Verde Watershed Ambassador Program demonstrates a broad approach of Best Management Practices for watershed visitors, residents and property owners to help them understand how to reduce E. coli loads from entering into Oak Creek due to irresponsible recreation practices and day-to-day activities that contribute to nonpoint source pollution. In 2014, the Ambassadors picked up […]

2016 Funded Projects

Phase II of the Jail Trail, AZ State Parks

The Jail Trail is a greenway loop trail linking Old Town Cottonwood to the Verde River and its unique Fremont Cottonwood/Goodding Willow gallery forest. The trail has the potential to be a multi-phase project that yields great recreational and economic benefits to residents, tourists, and Old Town Cottonwood businesses. This project could highlight the strong […]

2015 Funded Projects

Verde River Ambassadors, Town of Clarkdale

$5,000 was awarded in October 2015 to support the Verde River @ Clarkdale’s Ambassador Program. The purpose of the Ambassador program is to provide public education and to protect resources while encouraging responsible recreation.This grant will help fund ambassadors at Lower TAPCO access point reduce litter and increase compliance with posted regulations and vehicle registration.

2014 Funded Projects

Water Stewardship Program, Verde Natural Resource Conservation District

One for the Verde awarded the Education Center of the Verde NRCD $2,700 to fund the Water Stewardship Program (grades 5th-8th), which educates youth about the importance of wise management of natural resources with an emphasis on water conservation. Through this program, students learn to appreciate our natural resources by understanding how they are interconnected. […]

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