Friday, May 22, 2015

 Conservation Small Grants Program Helps Local Communities

 Crayfish Removal

Sierra Pacific Flyfishers & Wilderness
Fly Fishers remove crayfish from an
important stream in California.

Conservation is one of the founding principles of the International Federation of Fly Fishers. Contributing over 40 years of conservation work, the IFFF is proud to continue protecting our fisheries and angling opportunities for the future.

To support our mission the Conservation Small Grants Program was started in 2011 by Dr. Rick Williams, VP-Conservation, and Bob Tabbert, FFF Conservation Director. With the approval of the IFFF Board of Directors, the Conservation Committee began the process of setting guidelines and promoting the program to Clubs and Councils throughout the IFFF organization. The IFFF Board of Directors approved $22500 to support the program in 2011. Two rounds of grants were awarded in 2011 and will continue to be awarded two times each year until further notice.  To accomplish this goal, applications will be accepted twice per year.

Deadline to Apply is May 1

and November 1 of each year.

Requirements of Grant Applicants

  • Describe and quantify the problem and need
  • Describe and quantify the anticipated solutions
  • Describe and quantify the anticipated benefits
  • Detailed budget information
  • Names of other organizations/agencies providing funding and amount  they are providing

Guidelines of the Program

  • Maximum award per Council area will be $1500
  • Council must match the grants with their own funds
  • Club must receive the endorsement of the Council prior to submitting an application


Grant Proposal Guidelines (PDF)

Grant Application Form (fillable PDF)



Conservation Projects Funded Through the Grant Program

Fall 2013

Council Club / Sponsor Project Title 
GLC Conservation Resource Alliance Maple River Woody Debris Improvement
ORC Water Watch / Rogue River Fly Fishers Fielder and Wimer Dam Removal
SWC Deep Creek Fly Fishers Lohontan Cutthroat Habitat Enhancement
International Foundation VBC Geul River Study
WRMC North Idaho Fly Casters North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River Access

Spring 2013

Council Club / Sponsor Project Title
ERMC White Mountain Fly Fishing Club Silver Creek
FLC Florida Big Bend Fly Fishers Piney Z Lake Fish Habitat Restoration
NEC Virginia Institute of Marine Science Aquatic Animal Disease Research
NEC Wild Trout Flyrodders / FUDR Sands Creek
ORC Klamath Country Fly Casters Fish Passage on North Fork Sprague River
SWC Sespe Fly Fishers Riparian Restoration
SWC Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers Rindge Dam Removal
SWC Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Kern River Rainbow Project
WRMC Boise Valley Fly Fishers Boise River Access

Fall 2012

Club / Sponsor
Project Title
NEC Virginia Institute of Marine Science Striped Bass Research Project Intern
UMWC UMWC WI Spring Creek Brook Trout DNA Identification
SOC Ozark Fly Fishers Mill Creek Stream Restoration
Florida Stuart Flyrodders Club Hobe Sound Nature Center Conservation Education Program
SWC Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Kern River Signage Project
Danube Salmon Monitoring and Restoration on the Drina River in Serbia
National Cumberland Valley TU/FFF Yellow Breeches Creek Access Improvements

Spring 2012

Council Club / Sponsor Project Title
ERMC ERMC Lake Trout Removal from Yellowstone Lake
NEC Wild Trout Flyrodders Upper Deleware Watershed Fracking Fluid Monitoring
ORC Rogue Fly Fishers Medford STP Outfall: Micro and Algae Impact Study
GLC Pere Marquette Watershed Council Big South Branch Riffle Restoration
SWC Aguabonita Flyfishers Hot Creek Kiosk
SWC Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers Bullfrog population control in Piru Creek
SWC Sespe Fly Fishers Ventura River Restoration

Fall 2011

Council Club / Sponsor
Project Title
NEC Wild Trout Flyrodders Tomannex Boulder Cluster Project
ERMC Gunnison Gorge Anglers Gunnison River Relief Ditch Project
Florida Florida Council Conservation Kiosk
WAC WAC Chambers Creek Sign Project
WRMC North Idaho Fly Casters Steamboat Pond Access Improvement
GLC St. Joseph River Valley FF Club McCoy Creek Watershed
WRMC South Idaho Fly Fishers Edson Fitchter Community Pond Prjocect


Spring 2011 

Council  Club/Sponsor Project Title
NEC  NEC Tomannex Boulder Project
SEC Triangle Fly Fishers Triangle Fly Fishers Eno Adopt A River
Southern Flatland Fly Fishers Slough Creek Restoration
Oregon Bear Creek Watershed Council Larson Creek Signage
WAC Northwest Wild Fish Rescue Lewis River Restoration
SWC Aguabonita Flyfishers Hot Creek Kiosk
NEC Wild Trout Flyrodders NYSDEC Gannett Fishing Access Purchase
SWC Wilderness Fly Fishers Malibu Creek Steelhead Recover: Crayfish Removal Project
GLC Anglers of the AuSable Temperature Monitoring Project
SWC Sespe Fly Fishers Steelhead Habitat Restoration
SWC Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers Golden Trout Climate Change Study
SWC Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers Malibu Creek: Crayfish Removal Project
SWC San Diego Fly Fishers Nine Mile Creek- Golden Trout Wilderness Bio-assessment
SEC SEC GSNP Intern - Brook trout removal

Donate to the Program

You may donate to the FFF's overall Conservation program by using the Donate Button below. 




Please your inquiries to our Conservation Director.


Phone:  406-222-9369406-222-9369


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