• Protecting Rivers
    for the next generation

Free Rivers Fund

The world’s rivers are under a greater pressure than ever before. With a tsunami of hydro developments proposed across Europe from the Balkans to the Welsh Mountains this threat to our environment is being brought closer to home than ever before.

Across globe dedicated kayaker led activist groups are fighting for free flowing rivers, fighting hydro power that would drain the life from our rivers and the sport we all love.

Activist groups cannot operate on their own, although voluntarily staffed by dedicated individuals they needs funds and support. For advertising, web hosting, logistics and the commissioning of specialist help both legal and scientific. Many existing activists struggle to find the vital funds they need and others struggle to get started in this desperate fight against governments and multinationals.

Free Rivers Fund will partner the paddlesport industry and river community with the activists on the ground. As a registered non-profit organization it will supply grant funding to the NGOs fighting to keep our rivers flowing free. Distributing much needed funding to the actions and campaigns that will have the greatest impact and are in the greatest need. These grants will enable the campaigns, demonstrations and legal battles required to protect our last untouched rivers.

Free Rivers Fund is founded by WET - Wildwasser Erhalten Tirol, Balkan Rivers Tour and Save the Conwy with representatives your company can deal with in Austria, Slovenia and the UK. Please get in touch to discuss the different ways you can become our partners and carry the Free Rivers Fund trademarked logo linking your company to river protection and a dam free world.

 

Free Rivers Fund partners the paddlesport industry with river protection activists to provide funding for those fighting to keep our rivers dam free.

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Salva la Valle del Sorba

Valsesia, Piemonte; un paradiso nelle Alpi del Nord Italia. In inverno, le montagne innevate attirano sciatori ed alpinisti. In primavera, mentre la neve si scioglie, i fiumi della valle diventano una mecca per i canoisti d’acqua bianca e i pescatori … Read More

Application for grants in 2021

The application period for Free Rivers Fund grants for 2021 starts now. Almost all of the 2020 grants were given out towards the selected projects by now and we will give you some updates and stories about the 2020 projects … Read More

Supporting WET in protecting the Ötztaler Ache in Tyrol

Originally the Free Rivers Fund was an idea of the grassroots activists and masterminds behind the Balkan River Defence from the Balkans, Save our Rivers from the UK and WET – Wildwasser Erhalten Tirol (Protect Tyrol’s Whitewater). At the moment … Read More

Emergency Grant

This year, we managed to set up an ‘Emergency Grant’. The Free Rivers Fund’s aim is to help small grassroots initiatives as unbureaucratic and straightforward as possible. Having experienced ourselves how time and energy consuming the application processes of grants … Read More

Ekološki Pokret Donja Bukovica – did it!

Last year the Free Rivers Fund cooperated with the Montenegrin NGO “Ekološki Pokret Donja Bukovica” (Environmental Movement Donja Bukovica). When they applied for support in autumn 2018 they already had quite some struggle behind them and a number of achievements … Read More

Grantees 2020

Last year we have granted projects from different parts in the world. This year, applications came again from all over the planet with a large number of applications from the Balkans. Most projects are new initiatives, but we also continue … Read More

The challenge of granting

Each year Free Rivers Fund receives more grant applications than the previous year. This year we received 34 applications! The applications are very diverse and come from all over the world. Some come from large NGOs that have existed for … Read More

Ekološki-Pokret Donja Bukovica

It’s time to officially introduce the project Ekološki-Pokret Donja Bukovica to you!   In the municipality of Savnik, Montenegro, locals are fighting against mini hydro power plants on one of the cleanest rivers of the Balkan. The projects ‘Bukovica 1’ … Read More

Mission East to West

Anup Gurung is a passionate Nepali kayaker and the founder and president of Nepal Kayak Club. Together with the Club he has been organizing training and events to promote the Nepali whitewater scene and has been promoting awareness about rivers … Read More

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