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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.

2020 Grant Winners Have Been Announced!

The FORWARD Endowment received 6 requests totaling almost $25,000 for funding of projects from community organizations in Manitowoc County.  The trust has specific parameters that must be met, and all projects must show public benefit.  Only Manitowoc County groups can be considered.  A total of just over $9,500 was awarded to the following organizations:

Conservation Education Incorporated – Signage Project

Manitowoc County Fish & Game – Pigeon Lake ADA Pier Project

Woodland Dunes Nature Center – Student Conservation Leaders

Larrabee Sportsman’s Club – Harpt Lake ADA Fishing Pier Project

Camp TaPaWingo – Digital Observation Technology Program

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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