Application process

Do you have an exciting project idea that will open up a river and restore river flow and biodiversity? Apply for one of our programme grants during our next call for applications!

We are currently not accepting applications. Our next call for applications is 29 October 2024. Please carefully read and review our Application Resources for more information. Please apply online via our Grant Management System.

The programme runs a 9-month grant cycle for category A and B grants. The process is as follows:

  • Call for short Expression of Interest (EoI)
  • If your EoI is shortlisted, you will be invited to submit a more detailed Proposal
  • If your Proposal is accepted, you will be offered a grant

The time between making a call for EoI and being awarded a grant is approximately nine months.

The call for EoI is applicable to the following grant categories:

  • A1 – Barrier identification and prioritisation,
  • A2 – Dam removal: pre-demolition,
  • A3 – Dam removal: demolition, and
  • B – Enabling others to remove dams.

For a select few grant types, the programme may run a 4-month cycle. The process is as follows:

  • Call for Proposal
  • If your Proposal is accepted, you will be offered a grant

The call for Proposals applies to the following grant categories:

  • A4 – Dam removal: demolition – preparatory works previously funded by the programme (A1 and/or A2 grant), and
  • C – Enabling the European dam removal movement

Grant Calendar

Please pay close attention to your grant category. The following grant calendar is subject to change at the discretion of the Open Rivers Programme.

2024Grant category
21 FebruaryCall for applicationsA1, A2, A3, A4, B
4 AprilDeadline for 21st February call for applicationsA1, A2, A3, A4, B
AugustGrant awards (4th April Proposal submissions)
29 OctoberCall for applicationsA1, A2, A3, A4, B
DecemberGrant awards