The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Local Sportsmen’s Group Grant Program awarded 17 projects totaling $75,000 in the 2013 grant year.
The purpose of the 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 program received 37 applications for the 2013 grant cycle totaling nearly $240,000 in project requests.
The following projects have been awarded the 2013 Local Sportsmen’s Grant Awards:
- Angler's United Lake Havasu City Chapter for the project “Lake Havasu Youth Fishing Education Program,” in the amount of $3,063.
- Arizona Elk Society for the project “Arizona Elk Society Youth Camp Program, SAMI insurance, and Media Promotions,” in the amount of $9,000.
- Arizona National Shoot to Retrieve for the project “Southeastern AZ Youth Quail Camp,” in the amount of $2,000.
- CouesWhitetail.com for the project “Women's Javelina Hunting Camp 2014,” in the amount of $4,775.
- Huachuca Gould's Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation for the project “Huachuca Gould's Chapter Free Family Predator Hunting Camp,” in the amount of $2,900.
- Mohave Sportsman Club for the project “Fishing for Smiles 2014,” in the amount of $5,917.
- Valley of the Sun Quail Forever chapter for the project “Mule Deer Foundation Punkin Center Junior Deer & Quail Forever Youth Quail Camp,” in the amount of $5,500.
- Mule Deer Foundation Arizona Chapter for the projects “Mule Deer Foundation Youth Deer Camps and Deer Hunter Clinics” in the amount of $6,000.
- National Wild Turkey Federation Arizona Chapter for the project “2014 Spring Juniors Turkey Hunting Camps,” in the amount of $9,150.
- Red Bear Outfitters for the project “Picket Post Small Game Hunting Camp,” in the amount of $3,000.
- Shoot for Life for the project “Junior Archery Javelina Hunt Camp,” in the amount of $3,760.
- Southwest Fur Harvesters for the project “2014 Youth Trappers Camp,” in the amount of $3,372.
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project, “Family Fishing Camp at Lake Pleasant,” in the amount of $3,990.
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project “Junior Deer Camp in Unit 20 C,” in the amount of $1,790.
- Youth Outdoors Unlimited for the project, “Wallow Fire Turkey Science and Hunting Camp in Units 1 & 27,” in the amount of $3,628.
- Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club for the project “2013 Quail and Small Game Camp,” in the amount of $4,435.
- Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club for the project “Yuma Valley Rod and Gun Club Fishing Clinic,” in the amount of $2,720.
If you're interesting in attending one of these or dozens of other public 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.
The deadline for submitting grant applications for the 2013 grant year was Aug. 12, 2013.
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, including available funding, eligibility, how to apply, and application deadline, are below.
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 2013 grant year, the total amount of money available was $75,000. 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
- For the 2013 grant year, projects have to be completed by June 30, 2014
What types of projects are eligible to receive grant funds?
Priority will be placed on projects that involve hunting, angling and trapping.
For the 2013 grant year, projects must promote or facilitate hunter, angler, shooter or trapper recruitment or retention. Examples of possible projects include (but are not limited to):
- Game camps
- Fishing clinics
- Educational outreach to promote HAST
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?
For the 2013 grant year, the deadline for groups to submit applications for grant funds was Monday, August 12, 2013 at 5 pm.
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 scoring criteria, which are listed in the grant application packet. Final awards will be made 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.
- Download the 2013-14 Local Sportsmen’s Group Grant Program Application Packet
- MS Word version of grant application form