Open Rivers Programme

A grant-giving organisation dedicated to restoring European rivers.

River flow and biodiversity

The Open Rivers Programme offers grants to support projects that lead to the removal of small dams and the restoration of river flow and biodiversity.

The creation of the Open Rivers Programme was informed by two years of research and stakeholder engagement which revealed that there are around one million dams fragmenting European rivers and that there is much potential and need for dam removal.

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Apply for a Grant

The programme is now accepting applications for grants in Programme-supported dam removal (Category A) and Enabling others to remove dams (Category B). We invite eligible applicants to submit their proposals by 17:00 CEST on 4th April 2024. The programme is particularly interested in supporting dam removal projects that will enable at least 10 km of river to flow freely again. Please review the guidelines and submit your application through our online form.

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Funded Projects

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Latest Updates

Call for applications – submission deadline 4th April 2024 

February 19, 2024

Call for applications – submission deadline 4th April 2024 

The European Open Rivers Programme is pleased to announce a new call for applications from 21st February 2024, with a […]

Open Rivers Programme wraps up 2023 with support to eight new projects

January 8, 2024

Open Rivers Programme wraps up 2023 with support to eight new projects

As we bid farewell to 2023, the Open Rivers Programme is thrilled to announce its support for eight additional projects, […]

Free Flow Conference 2024 – register today

January 8, 2024

Free Flow Conference 2024 – register today

Secure your place for the Free Flow Conference 2024! Organised by the World Fish Migration Foundation & Institute of Fisheries […]