Two new grant programs aid hunter retention/recruitment, wildlife conservation

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July 27th, 2007

Two new grant programs aid hunter retention/recruitment,
wildlife conservation

By Tom Cadden, public information officer, Arizona Game and Fish Department

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission is offering two exciting new grant programs to provide financial assistance to groups undertaking projects in support of hunter/angler recruitment and retention and wildlife conservation. Funds for both programs will be awarded through a competitive application process.

One of the new funding mechanisms is the Local Sportsmen’s Group Grant Program, which provides financial assistance to local sportsmen’s groups for projects within a particular focus established each year by the Arizona Game and Fish Department. For the 2007-08 grant year, the focus will be projects promoting or facilitating hunter/angler/shooter/trapper recruitment and retention.

There is $50,000 available through this program. Multiple awards may be made. To be eligible, a group must: (1) be a local Arizona-based sportsmen’s group with a focus on hunting, fishing, shooting or trapping, (2) propose a project that fits the eligibility criteria, and (3) complete the project by June 30, 2008.

Examples of eligible projects include small game camps, fishing clinics, beginning shooter programs, and educational outreach. Grant dollars cannot be awarded or used for activities such as group banquets, raffle prizes, trophy hunting competitions, for-profit projects, or for the purchase of hunting or fishing licenses, tags or stamps.

To apply, download an application packet from azgfd.gov and follow all instructions. Packets can also be obtained by calling Grant Coordinator Robyn Beck at (623) 236-7530. The deadline to submit applications for Local Sportsmen’s Group grants is Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007 at 5 p.m. (MST).

The other new program is the Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) Grant Program, which supports projects that help conserve, enhance and restore Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and habitats for present and future generations.

The program is funded through the Arizona Wildlife Conservation Fund, which was established after Arizona voters in 2002 approved Proposition 202 to continue limited and regulated gaming on Arizona tribal lands.

There is $300,000 available for Wildlife Conservation Fund Grant Program awards for Fiscal Year 2008 (2007-08). Multiple awards may be made. Eligible applicants include any agency of the state or any political subdivision, Indian tribe, or nonprofit organization exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code for the purpose of conservation of wildlife or wildlife habitat, or acquisition of real property that is wildlife habitat.

Project proposals will only be accepted for the following types of projects for 2007-08: (1) habitat improvement, including aquatic; (2) shooting sports; (3) access to wildlife-related recreation; (4) hunter and angler recruitment and retention; (5) wildlife health and disease; (6) new watchable wildlife opportunities; (7) information and education on nuisance wildlife; (8) wildlife population research. Descriptions of these project types can be found in Appendix A (page 11) of the Wildlife Conservation Fund Grant Application Packet.

To apply, download an application packet from azgfd.gov and follow all instructions. Packets can also be obtained by calling Grant Coordinator Robyn Beck at (623) 236-7530. The deadline to submit applications for Wildlife Conservation Fund grants is Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007 at 5 p.m. (MST).

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