As the only watershed-wide organization dedicated solely to supporting the needs of community-based groups and actions working to protect and restore Great Lakes land and water resources, we are able to help protect and restore the Great Lakes like no other organization. We have helped thousands of community-based groups and individuals since 1996. Freshwater Future has provided nearly $3 million in grants, locally targeted resource toolkits, trainings, as well as planning and strategy consulting assistance. We also encourage engagement and participation in community decision-making to protect and restore local rivers, lakes and wetlands. The groups we help work at the local community level where large environmental organizations cannot. It is at the local community level where thousands of decisions are made every day that impact the health of our waters and our communities.