The Mike Chappell Fund for the Spokane River

About the Fund

The Spokane River Fund is named after Mike Chappell who passed away in 2011 at the age of 44. Mr. Chappell was the founder of the Gonzaga Environmental Law Clinic and helped to start the Spokane Riverkeeper Program. The fund was established to support environmental projects that will improve the water quality of the Spokane River Watershed, especially projects that reduce PCB contamination of the river. It was enabled by the Spokane Riverkeeper and the City of Spokane. More recently in 2017 we received mitigation funds from a record BNSF  settlement, which involved Spokane Riverkeeper and numerous other waterkeepers and the Sierra Club, directing new funding for projects designed to improve habitat or water quality targeting the Spokane River in the vicinity of the City of Spokane, and upstream to the Idaho border. In its first cycle in 2012, guided by a local advisory board, the Chappell Fund awarded grants to seven environmental groups totaling over $100,000. In the 2017 round of funding four grants were awarded totaling $84,796.

Check out this 2012 Spokane Fund Grantees Report that highlights the tremendous work performed by our Mike Chappell Fund grantees with funds from the first grantmaking round.

Deadlines/How to Apply

Due to lack of funds we are accepting applications at this time. Please continue to monitor our website for more information or click here to receive notification of future grant opportunities.


Tim Little, Executive Director
Email: tlittle[AT] (please replace AT with @)

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