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

We are not currently accepting applications. Our next call for category A and B dam removal grants is 29 October 2024. The programme is particularly interested in supporting dam removal projects enabling at least 10 km of river to flow freely again.

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Funded Projects

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Latest Updates

Open Rivers Programme supports 15 new projects across Europe

April 29, 2024

Open Rivers Programme supports 15 new projects across Europe

The Open Rivers Programme, committed to restoring the ecological vitality of rivers across Europe, is proud to announce its support […]

Employment vacancy – Senior Grants Manager (Technical)

April 29, 2024

Employment vacancy – Senior Grants Manager (Technical)

Position Available: Senior Grants Manager (Technical) Are you passionate about restoring Europe’s rivers to their natural splendour? We’re looking for […]

Celebrating our rivers: second main RiverFilmFest shorts in March 2024

March 12, 2024

Celebrating our rivers: second main RiverFilmFest shorts in March 2024

From March 14 to 24, 2024, the Living Rivers Foundation will host the Main RiverFilmFest, celebrating vibrant rivers and highlighting […]