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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 2020 funding cycle which began immediately.  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 and Game has been a major supporter of the fund and provides a percentage of their Annual Banquet proceeds each year.

The FORWARD Endowment will accept applications for grants through December 28nd, 2020.  The actual selection of grants will be made at the Gift Committee’s meeting in February of 2021.  The February date will allow the Gift Committee to have accurate information on the funds available from the trust, which is managed by Associated Bank.  There is generally $6,000 to $8,000 available for community projects.

Leede Research will again be coordinating the gifting process and aiding in filling grant request materials.  There is a simple application form that asks for details of the requests and related projects.  Both hard projects and related education programs are eligible for grants.  It was noted that while the endowment understands the stress that the pandemic has placed on many organizations, its charter does not allow for the funding of budget short falls 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 www.mantyfg.org website.

Contact emails and electronic submissions can be sent to: mantyfg071@gmail.com

Download the 2020 Request Form


While not an active club or organization, the FORWARD (Friends Of Resources, Wildlife And Recreational Development) Endowment was created by Manitowoc Fish and Game as a tool to help meet the ongoing needs of sporting men and women in the community. Started with a $50,000 estate gift, the charitable trust has grown to over $600,000 since 1993. Manitowoc County Fish and Game has been a significant partner in that growth donating property sale and banquet proceeds to the endowment to help fund future needs.

The intent of the founders was to provide a financial resource to help fund projects in Manitowoc County that relate to hunting, fishing, conservation and related education. We understand that alternative funding sources for these projects are becoming more challenging and this fund provides an important resource to protect what has been built in Manitowoc County over the past 100 years. We also understand the importance of educating youth to create the next generation of caretakers for the resources of the area. Funding education and youth programs is an important part of the trust.

The FORWARD Endowment is a 501-C3 and all donations are tax deductible. The fund is an Interest Only Trust, meaning that monies donated to the fund are always there. Only interest generated from the fund is distributed to community organizations who meet the mission and goals of the organization. To date over $125,000 in funding has been provided to projects right here in the community. Each September thru December the organization solicits proposals from organization for projects that meet our mission and benefit the community at large.

Many of the clubs in Manitowoc County have supported the FORWARD Endowment. Many individuals and businesses have also provided support through direct gifts and even estate planning and gifts. A donation to the endowment has become a popular alternative to flowers when club members and sporting enthusiasts pass away. This is a wonderful recognition of their lives as these gifts will always be there and continue to give to the community for years to come.


Donations to the FORWARD Endowment can be made at any Associated Bank location or mailed to:

FORWARD Endowment
c/o Leede Research
1332 S. 26th Street
Manitowoc WI 54220