FORWARD Endowment grant deadline nears

FORWARD Endowment grant deadline nears

The FORWARD Endowment, the Manitowoc County trust established to fund projects focused on hunting, fishing, conservation and related education, has announced that it will begin accepting requests for its 2023 funding cycle.

FORWARD stands for “Friends of Resources, Wildlife and Recreational Development.” It was founded by the Manitowoc Unit of Manitowoc County Fish & Game. It is now supported by a combination of funding from area sporting clubs and private donations. Manitowoc County Fish & Game Protective Association has been a major supporter of the fund through its annual banquet proceeds each year.

The FORWARD Endowment has announced the 2023 grant season is underway, celebrating its 30th year. FORWARD announced that approximately $9,000 in total funding will be available for this giving cycle. They will accept applications for grants through Dec. 31. Selection of grants will take place at the Gift Committee’s March 2024 meeting. That date will allow the Gift Committee to have accurate information about the funds available from the trust, which is managed by Associated Bank.

Leede Research is again coordinating the gifting process and aiding in filling grant request materials. A simple application form asks for details of the requests and organization. Both hard projects and related education programs are eligible for grants.

It was noted that while the endowment understands the stress the pandemic has placed on many organizations, its charter does not allow for the funding of budget shortfalls or operations. Projects must have public benefit and tie to hunting, fishing and conservation and must be based in Manitowoc County.

The group has automated the applications, which are available through the website. Contact emails can be sent to

The FORWARD Endowment has provided more than $145,000 in grants to projects and groups in Manitowoc County. These represent completed projects in the community.

FORWARD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and donors can make checks payable to The FORWARD Endowment c/o Associated Bank. Only interest incomes from the fund are spent so the fund will continue to grow and be there for future generations. Memorial or estate planning gifts are possible with the fund. Those making end-of-year charitable donations are invited to consider the fund. Contact for more information.