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 opens on May 22, 2014. The amount anticipanted to be available, subject to Commission and Legislature approval of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget is $75,000.
The deadline for submitting grant applications is 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.
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 2014 grant year, the total amount of money forcasted is $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
- 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
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 grant funds is 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 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 email@example.com.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Local Sportsmen’s Group Grant Program awarded 17 projects totaling $75,000 in the 2013 grant year.
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.
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.