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The River Friendly Living grant program is made possible by businesses that support a healthy Verde River. The grants offer funding to support conservation projects.

Homeowners, businesses, non-profits, and municipalities can apply for grants. All funded projects are to be completed within a 12-month period. River Friendly Living projects address the following areas of focus: Sustainable Water Supply, Clean Water, Healthy Habitat, and Connected Communities.

Request For Proposals 2024 Grants

The 2024 granting cycle will open on August 1, 2023. Please provide the information listed in the Grant Proposal Document, AND the Grant Budget Template to be considered for funding. Submit application materials to by the due date outlined below.

2024 Homeowner Grant Proposal

2024 Business/Organization Grant Proposal

2024 Business/Organization Budget Template

Application due: October 31, 2023
Grant awards announced: December 2023
Awards distributed: January 2024

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The Verde Ranger Program was funded $5,000. In April of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic brought “stay at home” proclamations all over Arizona.

The Verde Village Property Owners Association (VVPOA) was awarded $5,000 for improvements to the Verde River Nature Preserve.

This project is designed to maximize all the potential that this site has to offer.

From the top of Mingus Mountain to Sedona , Az. The Blowout Wash Trail System is a collaborative project to create commuter and recreational trails.

This project builds on a long legacy of collaborative work at this access point.

The Verde River Institute (VRI) completed a virtual model of more than 20 sites on the Verde River, Oak Creek, and Fossil Creek.

The Town of Clarkdale will install a floating boat dock at the Tuzigoot River Access Point (RAP) in the summer of 2019.

The Springs Stewardship Institute (SSI) collected information on 820 springs, to understand these important sources of river flow.

The Verde River Institute has conducted more than 1100 water quality samples using a drone-deployed sampler on the Middle Verde reach of the Verde River in the last 12 months.

The Verde River Basin (VRB) is a large watershed in central-northern Arizona.

Over the years, Oak Creek Watershed Council has hosted numerous opportunities for Verde Valley youth to engage in environmental stewardship by learning about human impacts on ecological health of their surrounding waterways.

Each season, October through February, VWRC partners team up with us to train and employ otherwise unemployed Veterans to manage invasive species within the Verde River and Oak Creek watersheds.

The Verde Watershed Ambassador Program demonstrates a broad approach of Best Management Practices for watershed visitors.

The Dry Creek Restoration project will benefit the Verde watershed by restoring a portion of the Dry Creek drainage, a tributary of Oak Creek.

Residents whose properties adjoin the river suffer a litany of problems from trespass, to dumping, to off-road vehicle traffic.

$3,000 was awarded in May 2016 to fund workshops in safe river recreation through April 2017.

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.

Water Sampling Week, hosted by the Oak Creek Watershed Council and the University of Arizona Water Quality Extension will educate hundreds of local students about the importance of water quality in Oak Creek and in any watershed they visit or live within.

5,000 was awarded in October 2015 to support the Verde River @ Clarkdale’s Ambassador Program.

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.

In May 2014, $500 was awarded towards construction of this information kiosk in Old Town Cottonwood.

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