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2020 L.L. Bean CFS Grant Recipients

Wednesday, March 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelsey Bracewell
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L.L.Bean and the ACA are pleased to award 2020 funding as part of ACA’s Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) grant program. The CFS Program provides funding to local and regional paddling clubs and organizations that undertake stewardship projects on waterways in their area. The purpose of the program is to encourage paddling clubs to take an active role in protecting and improving the nation's waterways.


Many of the stewardship needs of our nation's waters are best addressed at the local and regional level. Paddling clubs and watershed organizations are in an ideal position to lead these efforts. These paddlers are often willing to volunteer their time and assist with local stewardship projects. However, clubs often lack the funds needed to pay project expenses. As a result, they miss an opportunity to leverage dozens and sometimes hundreds of volunteer hours that could improve conditions on their favorite waterway. That is why L.L. Bean and the ACA have teamed up to sponsor the CFS Program


The recipients of the 2020 L.L. Club Fostered Stewardship (CFS) Grant Program are:

  • Anchorage Waterways Council
  • Blackstone River Watershed Council
  • Great Falls Foundation
  • Kayak New Mexico
  • Middle Grand River Organization of Watersheds
  • N-Compass, Inc. (Iowa Project AWARE)
  • Savannah River Keeper
  • Spokane River Forum
  • Tennessee Scenic River Association
  • Trash Your Kayak Cleanup Crew
  • Upper Oconee Watershed Network
  • We Love Clean Rivers
  • Willamette Riverkeeper

Congratulations to all of our funded projects & organizations. We cannot wait to see and learn about the impact made by your 2020 stewardship efforts. We are proud to play a small role in your events & projects, and we are standing by to help, celebrate, and share about your successes!


For more information about this grant program or to review past funded projects, please visit:



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