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.
Hunting, angling projects to receive $75,000 in grants
Game and Fish invests in retention programs for new hunters, anglers
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has awarded nearly $75,000 in grant funding for local sportsmen’s organizations to provide public, hands-on, mentored projects focused on the retention of new hunters and anglers.
Of the 17 proposals received for the latest grant cycle, 16 were approved and will be given $74,503 of the available funds. A five-member panel rated and scored the proposals. Grants were awarded through a competitive application process that closed June 22.
Doug Burt, hunting and shooting sports program manager, said the Local Sportsmen’s Group grant program is one way that Game and Fish supports these organizations, which are the backbone of wildlife conservation in Arizona.
“The Local Sportsmen’s Group grant program is an investment in local organizations that, day in and day out, are teaching people how to be safe, ethical and responsible hunter-angler conservationists,” Burt said. “Additionally, our focus is on ‘retaining’ participants, not just developing awareness and one-time experiences by applying the Adoption Sequence to this grant program and our existing Outdoors Skills Network.”
The following projects have been awarded:
- CouesWhitetail.com for the project “2016 Women’s Javelina Hunting Camp,” in the amount of $3,800.
- National Wild Turkey Federation, Huachuca Gould’s Chapter, for the project “Family Get Outdoors Camp and Predator Hunt,” in the amount of $1,875.
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “2016 Wallow Fire Turkey Science and Hunting Camp Units 1 and 27,” in the amount of $5,900.
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “Junior Elk & Squirrel Camp in Units 1 and 2C,” in the amount of $2,500.
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “Junior Javelina Camp in Units 20C, 18B and 16A,” in the amount of $3,500.
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “Junior Deer & Javelina Camp in Units 18B and 20C,” in the amount of $2,000.
- Phoenix Varmint Callers for the project “2015 George Knox Memorial Boot Camp,” in the amount of $3,899.
- Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club for the project “Youth Small Game Camp,” in the amount of $4,500.
- Ben Avery Clay Busters for the project of “Upland Bird Hunting for Women and Youth,” in the amount of $2,717.
- Arizona Elk Society for the projects “AES Youth Hunting Camps and Partnered Youth Hunting Camps,” in the amount of $9,000.
- Arizona Deer Association for the project “Arizona Deer Association Junior/Youth Deer & Elk Hunters Camp,” in the amount of $5,500.
- Quail Forever, Southern Arizona Chapter, for the project “Southern Arizona Quail Forever Youth Quail Camp,” in the amount of $3,280.
- Southwest Fur Harvesters Association for the project “Youth Trappers Camp,” in the amount of $3,535.
- Mule Deer Foundation for the projects “2015/2016 Youth Hunting Camps (6),” in the amount of $16,500.
- Anglers United for the project “Anglers United Just for Kids Fishing Festival,” in the amount of $3,000.
- Desert Christian Archers for the project “Desert Christian Archers 2016 Javelina Camp,” in the amount of $2,997.
There is no cost to Arizona taxpayers for the Local Sportsmen’s Group grant program. The Local Sportsmen’s Group grant program is an investment in the continuance of wildlife conservation efforts and outdoor recreation participation in Arizona and funded through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, permit-tags and stamps. Game and Fish does not receive any of the state’s general funds and operates on a user-pay, public-benefit model.
FY 2016 Funding Window for Local Sportsmen's Group Grants
The specific funding window(s) focus for the Local Sportsmen’s Group Grants program can change each fiscal year.
Examples of eligible projects
Hands-on, mentored hunting / fishing events for beginning participants who have been recently introduced to hunting and fishing. Events that meet the funding window objective, will provide field instruction on pursuit, harvest of game / fish, preparation for consumption, and elements of safety, conservation, wildlife, and lessons on becoming skilled in these arenas AND then connects participants to another successional program.
Examples of hands-on events / programs include: hunting (small game, migratory birds, predators, big game), trapping, fishing (stream, lakes, and urban waters), as well as direct outreach communication tools that evaluates, then actively engages past participants to a “next step” of the adoption sequence to move them to “continuation without support” phase.
Grants dollars cannot be used for activities such as, but not limited to: purchasing licenses, tags, stamps or regulatory permits, banquets, raffle prizes; gifts; hunting competitions; and for-profit projects.
All programs must be open to the public. Applicants must meet all state and federal laws and rules. All participants must be properly licensed and stamped for the activity when required.
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.
General Information About the Program
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 FY 2016 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.
To be eligible for the Local Sportsmen’s Group Grants applicants must meet the following requirements. Applications that do not meet these criteria will be rejected.
1. Be a not-for-profit, non-commercial, local, Arizona-based, or Arizona-chapter of national sportsmen’s / outdoor development group / organizations
2. The project must meet the current Funding Window
3. The project must be related to hunter, angler, shooter, trapper, recruitment, retention, reactivation – with relation to the annual Funding Window
4. The project must be conducted in Arizona and focus on Arizona’s public
5. The project must be completed before June 30, 2016
6. The applicant must register in ProcureAZ at https://procure.az.gov or call (602) 542-7600
7. The applicant must obtain, and submit a certificate of general liability insurance coverage including sexual abuse and molestation insurance (S.A.M.I.) to the Department prior to signing the grant agreement to receive funding (see page 16).
What types of projects are eligible to receive grant funds?
The priority funding focus of this year’s grant program is on moving beginners from the recruitment stage to the retention stage of the Adoption Sequence. Projects and events that involve the pursuit, or harvest of wildlife or fish with a license are being requested. Grants will be awarded through a competitive application process and must be open to the public. The deadline to apply is June 22, 2015 by 5 p.m. (MST).
Game and Fish is seeking hands-on hunting or fishing projects that identify participants who have had a recent trial experience, and are ready for the next step in hunting and or fishing. The project should also have a way to connect them to another similar program afterwards for continued hands-on engagement and retention development.
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
-fishing - urban
-fishing - lake
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.
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.
Contact Local Sportmen's Group Grant Administrator
623 236-7487 DBurt@azgfd.gov
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.
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.