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Grant funding available to local sportsmen’s groups
Application deadline is Aug. 18
The Arizona Game and Fish Department is making grant dollars available to local sportsmen’s groups in support of wildlife conservation.
The Local Sportsmen’s Group Grant Program will award funding through a competitive application process to eligible local sportsmen’s group projects that promote or facilitate hunter, angler, shooter or trapper recruitment and retention. The deadline to apply is Aug. 18.
The total funding available for this year is $50,000. Multiple awards may be made, and the department may partially fund projects at its discretion.
To be eligible for consideration, a group must:
- Be a local Arizona-based sportsmen’s group with a focus on hunting, fishing, shooting or trapping;
- Propose a project that promotes or facilitates hunter, angler, shooter or trapper recruitment and retention (examples include small game hunting camps, fishing clinics, beginning shooting programs, or educational outreach);
- Complete its project by June 30, 2009.
The deadline for groups to submit grant applications is Monday, Aug. 18 at 5 p.m. (MST). Applications must be in the department’s possession by the deadline; postmarks don’t count. Applications can be submitted to:
Arizona Game and Fish Department, DOFP
Attn: Grants Administrator
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086
All applicants must use the forms from the grant application packet and include all the documentation listed in the packet’s instructions. Application packets can be downloaded from www.azgfd.gov/pdfs/i_e/applicationFINAL.pdf [PDF, 181kb] or can be obtained by calling Grant Administrator Robyn Beck at (623) 236-7530.
Final awards will be made by the Arizona Game and Fish Department Director. It is anticipated grant awards for the 2008-09 grant year will be announced around the end of October 2008.
For more information, visit www.azgfd.gov/i_e/local_sportsmens.shtml.
The recruitment and retention of hunters, anglers, trappers and shooters is important to continue the successful management of Arizona’s wildlife. Funding for the management and conservation of game animals is funded by dollars generated by the sale of licenses, hunt tags and matching funds from federal excise taxes hunters pay on guns, ammunition and related equipment – not through the state’s general fund. However, driving on a country road and enjoying roaming elk herds, antelope on the range or ducks in flight are enjoyed by all citizens of Arizona and beyond.