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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 for conservation, restoration, and education projects that help preserve, restore, or enhance the Verde River and its tributaries.

This year, project proposals will be accepted from public land managers, local municipalities, community organizations, and non-profit organizations. Next year (FY23), individual home owners, and businesses will be able to apply as well. Once proposals are received, our advisory council of participating businesses review the projects based on impact, and available funding. All funded projects are to be completed within a 12-month period. River Friendly Living projects address one or more of the following areas of focus: Sustainable Water Supply, Clean Water, Healthy Habitat, and/or Connected Communities.

Request For Proposals 2022 Grants

The 2022 granting cycle will open on August 1, 2021. Please provide the information listed in the FY22 Grant Proposal Document, AND the FY22 Grant Budget Template to be considered for funding.

FY22 Grant Proposal 

FY22 Verde Grant Budget Template

Application due: October 1, 2021
Grant awards announced mid November 2021
Awards distributed early January 2022

2021 Funded Projects

2020 Funded Projects

Blowout Wash Trail Construction

From the top of Mingus Mountain to Sedona , Az. The Blowout Wash Trail System is a collaborative project to create commuter and recreational trails. Pink ribbons mark the new section of trail that goes from the Cottonwood Air port through Old Town Cottonwood and along the Verde River. $5000 was awarded to the City of Cottonwood to aid […]

Bathroom Construction at River Access Point

This project  builds on a long legacy of collaborative work at this access point. Last year, business partners funded the installation of a kayak dock to make access easier for everyone. This year, $5000 has been awarded to the Town of Clarkdale to build a bathroom at the popular Tuzigoot River Access Point. This will replace […]

2019 Funded Projects

2018 Funded Projects

Oak Creek Watershed Council – Water Quality Field Days

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. This year, OCWC will work with University of Arizona Cooperative Extension’s Mobile Water Quality Lab again to not only test for E.coli ; […]

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 […]

Verde Rules, A Signage Program, Town of Camp Verde

Residents whose properties adjoin the river suffer a litany of problems from trespass, to dumping, to off-road vehicle traffic. Those residents, as well as public land managers, whose properties adjoin the river, are requesting the posting of a variety of signs along the corridor, at river access points, parks and on public and private land. […]

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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