The purpose of the Local Sportsmen's Group grant program is to help local sportsmen’s groups fund projects that promote wildlife conservation through hunter, angler, shooter and trapper recruitment and retention. The program awards grant funds to eligible projects through a competitive application process each year.
The 2014 cycle opened on May 22, 2014. The amount available for the Fiscal Year 2015 budget was $75,000.
The deadline for submitting grant applications was July 7, 2014 by 5 p.m. (MST) postmarks do not count.
There is no cost to Arizona taxpayers for this grant program. The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not receive any of the state’s general funds, and operates on a user-pay, public-benefit model. The Local Sportsmen’s Group Grant Program is an investment in the continuance of wildlife conservation efforts and outdoor recreation participation in the state of Arizona.
2014 Local Sportsmen’s Group Grants Announced
The department received 29 proposals this cycle. 16 projects were awarded and $74,496 was allocated to projects that met the funding window for the 2014-15 grant cycle of:
“Hunter recruitment and retention and the adoption sequence model. Priority will be placed on projects that involve the take / harvesting of wildlife using a firearm, bow and arrow, or trapping.”
- Arizona Elk Society for the projects “Arizona Elk Society Youth Hunting Camps,” in the amount of $8,500
- Phoenix Varmint Callers, Inc. for the project “2014 George Knox Memorial Predator Hunting Boot Camp,” in the amount of $3,924
- Coues Whitetail.com for the project “Women's Javelina Hunting Camp 2015,” in the amount of $4,000
- Arizona State Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation for the projects “2015 Spring Juniors Turkey Hunting Camps,” in the amount of $9,050
- Huachuca Gould's Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation for the project “Free Family Predator Hunting Camp,” in the amount of $2,428
- Southern Arizona Chapter of Quail Forever for the project “Southern Arizona Quail Forever Youth Quail Camp,” in the amount of $2,280
- Southwest Fur Harvesters for the project “2015 Youth Trappers Camp,” in the amount of $2,775
- Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club for the project “2014 Quail & Small Game Camp,” in the amount of $4,500
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “Wallow Fire Turkey Science and Hunting Camp,” in the amount of $5,400
- Arizona Chapter of Mule Deer Foundation for the projects “Mule Deer Foundation Youth Camps and Hunter Clinics,” in the amount of $13,500
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “Junior Javelina Camp,” in the amount of $3,000
- Ben Avery Clay Busters for the project “Introduction to the Upland Bird Hunting for Women and Youth,” in the amount of $2,717
- Shoot for Life for the project “Shoot for Life Archery Javelina Hunt Camp,” in the amount of $3,775
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “Junior Deer Camp,” in the amount of $2,000
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “Junior Elk Camp,” in the amount of $2,000
- Passing Time Outdoors for the project “Juniors Deer Camp,” in the amount of $4,650
2014 Local Sportsmen’s Group Grant Program Awards PDF
Outdoor Skill Network Event Calendar
If you're interesting in events provided by the Local Sportmen's Group Grant program and other efforts / partners who teach how to learn how to "hunt, fish, trap, shoot" outdoor skills camps, visit www.azgfd.gov/OutdoorSkills and find an event using the "Outdoor Skills Events" calendar.
General Information About the Program
Available funding, eligibility, how to apply and application deadline
How much grant funding is available?
The Arizona Legislature and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission determine how much money is available each year. For the 2014 grant year $75,000 was available. Multiple awards may be made. Sportsmen’s groups may apply for single or multiple grants; more than one grant may be awarded to the same group (must be stand-alone projects). The Arizona Game and Fish Department may partially fund project(s) at its discretion.
Who is eligible to receive grant funds?
To be eligible to receive a Local Sportsmen’s Group Grant, a group must:
- Be a local Arizona-based sportsmen’s group that is related to hunter, angler, shooter, trapper promotion or corporation
- Propose a project that fits the eligibility criteria
- Projects have to be completed by June 30, 2015
What types of projects are eligible to receive grant funds?
The funding window for the 2014-15 grant cycle is: Hunter recruitment and retention and the adoption sequence model. Priority will be placed on projects that involve the take / harvesting of wildlife using a firearm, bow and arrow, or trapping.
Examples of possible projects include (but are not limited to):
- Hands-on, mentored hunting events / camps for:
-small game – quail, squirrel, rabbit
-migratory birds – dove, ducks, geese
-predator hunting – coyote, fox, bobcat
-big game – javelina, turkey, deer, elk
-bowhunting – small game and big game
-trapping and fur harvesting
Funding window priorities can change for year to year depending on objectives and priorities for the program.
Grant dollars cannot be used for activities such as group banquets, raffle prizes, hunting competitions, for-profit projects, or for the purchase of hunting or fishing licenses, tags or stamps.
When and how can groups apply for grants?
Fill out the application and submit it to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. The deadline to submit applications for 2014 grant funds was Monday, July 7, 2014 at 5 p.m. (MST) postmarks do not count.
How are grant awards determined?
Grant applications are scored by a panel of at least three department employees according to how well the proposed project meets the funding window priority and scoring criteria, which are listed in the grant application packet. Final awards will be approved by the Arizona Game and Fish Department Director.
For questions or more information:
Please contact Wildlife Grant Administrator Robyn Beck at (623) 236-7530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup:
Groups that apply for the Local Sportsmen's Group Grant Program are encouraged to join the Hunting and Angling Heritage Workgroup (HAHWG). The HAHWG (pronounced hog), is an alliance of leaders of industry, conservation groups, youth groups, and wildlife management professionals to synergistically preserve the hunting and angling tradition. The HAHWG's primary program for improving hunting / angling participation rates is through hands-on, introductory, mentored events. The group meets bi-annually and focuses on coordination, cooperation and communication for a common effort. For more information, visit www.azgfd.gov/hahwg.
Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation / Wildlife Conservation Committee: The Wildlife Conservation Fund from the conservation license plate program is a grant program open to 501c3 organization for the purpose of habitat projects deemed beneficial for all species of wildlife in Arizona, wildlife conservation education, and/or hunter / angler recruitment activities. There is no fixed grant cycle for submitting applications.
For details, application and past projects, visit: http://arizonasportsmenforwildlifeconservation.org/grant_information.html.