Grantees

Our Grantees

Indiana Central Indiana Land Trust Provide public visitation and education/awareness opportunities at three key White River nature preserves in central Indiana. $175,000
Indiana Conner Prairie Build a system of accessible trails, walkways and river education hubs along a 3.3-mile stretch of the White River that would be open to the public, while simultaneously improving river health and stabilizing the shoreline. $1,000,000
Indiana Conservation Law Center Continue to implement the Indiana Water Report recommendations by educating government officials and key stakeholders about Indiana's water resources and the importance of preparing for changing demand, as well as for floods and droughts, and committing to significant improvements in water quality. $300,000
Arizona Desert Botanical Garden Support for the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance to continue implementing the Regional Open Space Strategy for Maricopa County, which will shape a sustainable preserve system that supports healthy ecosystems and provides safe open spaces for communities within Central Arizona. $175,000
Indiana Friends of the White River In consultation with the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation District, expand outreach to and resources for property owners along the White River to implement environmental enhancement practices on their properties, and coordinate a campaign addressing persistent illegal dumping near the river. $60,000
Indiana Hamilton County Tourism Implement the messaging and branding components of the White River Vision Collective's mission as articulated in the White River Vision Plan, furthering the appreciation and utilization of the White River as a recreational asset for use by the general public and furthering the preservation and protection of this ecologically significant area. $275,000
Indiana Hoosier Environmental Council Reduce coal ash and factory farm pollution and preserve floodplains and wetlands by engaging in advocacy and public awareness; and provide technical assistance to implement the Mounds Greenway, a forested buffer for the White River between Muncie and Anderson. $450,000
Indiana Indiana Wildlife Federation Develop six to eight access trails of at least four additional miles along the White River and engage in public education on land stewardship, educational habitat programs, invasive species identification and eradication, and basic watershed ecology. $125,000
Indiana Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Remove invasive plants and create native landscapes in Riverside Park near the Lake Indy Boat Ramp and Ravenswood Overlook Park in Broad Ripple, and provide naturalist training for 10 college students. $150,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy Conduct a demonstration project with the City of Cottonwood to highlight how municipalities can reduce groundwater demand on the Verde River and utilize effluent and stormwater as sources for irrigation. $200,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy Reduce the amount of water diverted from the Verde River by improving the function of key ditches and increasing the efficiency in conveying water to farms. $300,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Continue the Verde River Exchange, a water market-based program that allows participants to voluntarily reduce consumption and save water for the Verde River. $250,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Continue implementing projects with developers and municipalities that reduce water use and demonstrate effective effluent and stormwater management. $200,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Pilot a water rights trading platform covering approximately 300 acres in the Verde Valley in order to contribute to water rights certainty and save water for the Verde River. $200,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Support for surface water projects, including irrigation efficiency improvements, conveyance efficiency upgrades, diversion efficiency improvements and water-use agreements. $180,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Pilot the first irrigation dam redesign in the Verde Valley that would allow fish passage and reduce sediment runoff into the Verde River. $100,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Continue support for the Sustaining Flows Council, providing a forum for Verde Valley community leaders and water users to discuss and plan for long-term water security. $100,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Support design services for sediment reduction projects in the Prescott National Forest to develop implementation plans to recover the natural grasslands and stop head cutting and gully erosion caused by historic overgrazing and road and trail crossings. $85,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Continue the next phase of the Verde River Watershed Report Card project by disseminating and communicating the baseline report card; continuing to collect data and monitor conditions; and producing, disseminating and communicating the second report card. $70,000
Indiana Nature Conservancy – Indiana Chapter Improve Indianapolis' primary water source through work in the Upper White River Watershed by encouraging the use of cover crops in farming, examining soil nutrient trends, and installing native aquatic vegetation to improve fish habitat and stream bed stability. $1,125,000
Indiana Reconnecting to Our Waterways  Continue to engage in water quality outreach in Indianapolis' inner core neighborhoods, supporting local efforts to organize waterway projects and events, and oversee the Partners for the White River metrics and communications efforts. $250,000
Indiana The daVinci Pursuit Continue to create more sculptures, interactive installations, and educational signage and programs along the White River to promote watershed education, advocacy and protection, while helping people to engage wisely in the White River’s use and future development. $80,000
Arizona Trust For Public Land Assist in the conservation and restoration of an ecologically important 58-acre property at the confluence of the Verde River and Wet Beaver Creek in Camp Verde, just east of Park Central Farm. $40,000
Indiana White River Alliance Advance the Indiana Water Roadmap through a variety of means, including hosting the Indiana Water Summit and its regional forums and promoting the adoption of waterway conservation best management practices and policies. $1,220,000
Arizona White Tank Mountains Conservancy Assist in the second phase of a regional multi-sector initiative to plan for sustainable growth around a designated system of linked natural desert corridors in the White Tank Mountains region. $50,000
Arizona Arizona Newspapers Foundation Publicize, implement and manage the 2019 and 2020 Nina Mason Pulliam Environmental Journalism Awards. $10,000
Arizona Audubon Arizona Support to update the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center located in south Phoenix. $400,000
Indiana Broad Ripple Village Association Construct a protected multi-use trail for pedestrians and bicycles, including two White River overlooks, between the entrance to Broad Ripple Park and the Monon Trail. $100,000
Arizona Desert Botanical Garden Support the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance (CAZCA) and further implement the Regional Open Space Strategy for Maricopa County parks and preserves. $250,000
Indiana Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Publicize, implement and manage the 2019 and 2020 Nina Mason Pulliam Environmental Journalism Awards. $10,000
Indiana Indiana Humanities Council Inc. Host up to 20 Next Indiana Campfires treks in the White River watershed, sponsor documentary filmmakers to create at least two short films about the river and host a series of public film screenings in Marion and Hamilton Counties. $100,000
Indiana Indiana Land Protection Alliance Expand organizational capacity by hiring an executive director. $50,000
Arizona Lighthawk Conduct coordinated flights within the Verde River watershed that visually demonstrate conservation alternatives that benefit people and wildlife. $50,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Support a crop conversion program in collaboration with Yavapai-Apache Nation farmers that transitions crops to small grains, such as wheat, barley and rye, in order to reduce water usage from the Verde River. $150,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Continue the Verde River Exchange, a water market program that allows participants to voluntarily reduce consumption and save water for the Verde River. $90,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Convene and facilitate stakeholders to create a decision support tool that demonstrates the impact of water-related decisions on the Verde River and future water supply. $200,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Support for a pilot erosion-control project in the Wikiup Mesa area to reduce sediment contamination along the Verde River and its waterways. $150,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Provide hydrologic modeling tools for groundwater management to mitigate the impacts of groundwater pumping on the Upper Verde River. $170,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Install headgates and telemetry systems to increase diversion efficiency and leave more water in Oak Creek for fish and wildlife. $80,000
Arizona Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center Conduct master-site planning studies and related activities to determine the suitability of a proposed site to construct a new facility. $30,000
Indiana White River Alliance Host forums with water planning leaders to improve regional and statewide water planning. $85,000
Arizona Arizona Newspapers Foundation Publicize, implement and manage the 2018 Nina Mason Pulliam Environmental Journalism Award. $5,000
Indiana Conservation Law Center Inc. Implement the Indiana Water Report recommendations. $100,000
Indiana Conservation Law Center Inc. Enhance education and awareness for the statewide regional water management plan, and develop a pilot water-management plan for central Indiana. $109,000
Arizona Grand Canyon Association Provide trail maintenance on a three-mile section of the iconic Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon. $500,000
Indiana Indiana Land Protection Alliance Expand capacity for the ongoing work of Indiana’s land conservation organizations. $75,000
Indiana Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields Repair the eroded and damaged trail located between the White River and the lake in the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. $100,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Chapter Develop a social, ecological and economic watershed health report card to help guide work along the Verde River. $50,000
Arizona Nature Conservancy – Arizona Chapter Implement municipal water conservation projects for communities along the Verde River in central Arizona. $75,000
Indiana Tourism Tomorrow Inc. Develop a regional plan to enhance the White River in Marion and Hamilton Counties. $250,000
Arizona Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University Secure long-term protection for the Verde and San Pedro rivers by resolving water rights. $90,000
Arizona ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy through ASU Foundation Conduct a series of polls among Arizona and Indiana stakeholders to study opinions and perceptions about environmental topics. $202,403
Indiana Central Indiana Land Trust, Inc. Restore habitat to open three new nature preserves on the White River. $645,000
Indiana DaVinci Pursuit, Inc. Utilize art, science and education installations to connect central Indiana residents to the White River’s waterways. $240,000
Arizona Desert Botanical Garden Complete and implement a regional open space strategy that creates a sustainable preserve system in Maricopa County. $460,000
Indiana Friends of the White River, Inc. Expand White River raft tours, cleanup projects and other on-water experiences with the public and community leaders. $240,000
Indiana Hoosier Environmental Council, Inc. Reduce the impact of three major environmental threats to the White River and assist in Mounds Greenway planning. $315,000
Indiana Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Launch the 2018 Nina Mason Pulliam Environmental Journalism Award for community or statewide environmental reporting concerning natural resources, ecology, environmental policy or human interaction with nature. $5,000
Indiana Indiana Humanities Council, Inc. Expand the Next Indiana Campfires program with a dedicated focus on the White River watershed. $40,000
Indiana Indiana Wildlife Federation, Inc. Launch and expand the Certified Sustainable Trails Program within the White River Watershed. $185,000
Indiana Indianapolis Art Center, Inc. Create a multiyear plan to transform the ArtsPark into a cultural gateway to the White River. $25,000
Indiana Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Complete habitat restoration projects along the White River Watershed. $500,000
Indiana Land Trust Alliance, Inc. Increase Indiana land trusts' impact and ability to protect the state's natural and working lands and restore degraded landscapes. $150,000
Indiana Nature Conservancy – Indiana Chapter Improve the White River's water quality through agricultural and urban conservation practices. $970,000
Indiana Reconnecting to Our Waterways Continue revitalization, recreation, economic development and ecological sustainability efforts along six Indianapolis waterways. $1,050,000
Arizona Society of Environmental Journalists Establish the Nina Mason Pulliam Award for Outstanding Environmental Reporting. $21,600
Indiana Society of Environmental Journalists Establish the Nina Mason Pulliam Award for Outstanding Environmental Reporting. $21,600
Arizona Sonoran Institute Finalize the regional open space strategy for Maricopa County in partnership with the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance. $190,000
Arizona The Arizona Republic / Environmental Reporting Team Support of in-depth reporting teams focusing on local and national environmental issues impacting Arizona. $652,650
Indiana The Indianapolis Star/Environmental Reporting Team Support of in-depth reporting teams focusing on local and national environmental issues impacting Indiana. $493,500
Arizona The Nature Conservancy in Arizona Support over one to three years to restore water flow, improve water management, identify pollution sources and increase understanding of the need for local groundwater management in relation to the Verde River watershed, for the benefit of the wildlife, people and communities depending upon it. $3,076,000
Indiana White River Alliance Promote the White River's sustainability through public awareness and call-to-action campaigns. $790,000
Arizona Arizona Forward Expand outreach capacity in northern and southern Arizona. $75,000
Arizona Arizona Wilderness Coalition Restore and maintain environmental conditions for 18 sites in wilderness areas on Arizona public lands. $90,000
Indiana Cope Environmental Center Inc. Create the Center's long-term property stewardship plan and support the next generation of environmental leaders through professional development. $50,000
Arizona Desert Botanical Garden Enhance protection for the nearly 200,000-acre desert preserve system supporting healthy ecosystems and communities $135,000
Arizona Desert Discovery Center Scottsdale, Inc. Plan and prepare for a Center at the Gateway in Scottsdale to change environmental attitudes and behavior. $140,000
Arizona Friends Of Verde River Greenway Improve land use and water management in the Verde River Basin. $127,500
Arizona Grand Canyon Trust Accelerate forest restoration in northern Arizona that spans the entirety of the Mogollon Rim. $200,000
Indiana Groundwork Indy, Inc. Improve the Central Canal area on the near northwest side. $35,000
Indiana Indiana Forest Alliance, Inc. Establish the Indiana Forest Habitat Protection Project to protect maturing forests from logging and restore old growth forests. $60,000
Indiana Indianapolis Parks Foundation Create a floating wetland ecosystem in Fisherman’s Cove on Eagle Creek Reservoir. $150,000
Indiana Niches Land Trust, Inc. Establish the Education and Outreach program to improve communications, broaden the membership base and increase community engagement. $41,000
Arizona Pew Charitable Trusts Engage Arizona partners to advocate for the protection of public lands in the Kingman and Safford areas. $150,000
Arizona Sky Island Alliance Ensure the long-term protection and sustainability of water resources in southern Arizona. $315,000
Arizona Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center Rescue and rehabilitate injured wildlife. $100,000
Indiana The Conservation Law Center Implement the Indiana Water Management Plan. $200,000