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Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) Grant Program

The Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) Grant Program supports projects that help conserve, enhance and restore Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and habitats for present and future generations.

The grant program is funded by monies from the Arizona Wildlife Conservation Fund. This fund was instituted after Arizona voters in 2002 approved Proposition 202, which continued limited and regulated gaming on Arizona tribal lands. Proposition 202 distributes a portion of shared gaming revenues, through the Arizona Benefits Fund, with the State of Arizona and local governments to support specified state and local programs. The Arizona Wildlife Conservation Fund is administered by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.

Who is eligible?

Eligible applicants include any agency of the state or any political subdivision, Indian tribe, or nonprofit organization exempt from federal income taxation under section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code for the purpose of conservation of wildlife or wildlife habitat, or acquisition of real property that is wildlife habitat.

How much grant funding is available?

The Arizona Game and Fish Department is providing $300,000 total for Fiscal Year 2008 (2008-09).

What types of projects are eligible?

Project proposals will only be accepted for the types of projects outlined below for the duration of the current grant cycle.

  • Habitat improvement (including aquatic habitats)
  • Shooting sports
  • Access to wildlife-related recreation
  • Hunter and angler recruitment and retention
  • Wildlife health
  • New watchable wildlife opportunties
  • Information and education on nuisance wildlife
  • Wildlife population research
  • Smart growth projects

Descriptions of the above project types can be found in Appendix A (page 17) of the grant application packet.

When and how can groups apply for grants?
For the Fiscal Year 2009 (2008-09) grant year, the deadline to submit applications for grant funds is Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008 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

Director's Office Funds/Planning
Attn: Grants Coordinator
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000

All applicants must use the forms from the grant application packet [pdf, 325kb] and include all the documentation listed in the packet’s instructions. Please read and follow the instructions in the grant packet carefully. Application packets can also be obtained by calling Grant Coordinator Robyn Beck at (623) 236-7530.

Two sets (one original and one copy) of the application and supporting documentation must be submitted. Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.

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 grant awards are determined by the scoring panel and approved by the Arizona Game and Fish Department Director. It is anticipated grant awards will be announced on or about October 10, 2008.

For more information:
Visit, or contact Grant Coordinator Robyn Beck at (623) 236-7530 or

  • Download the Wildlife Conservation Fund (WCF) Grant Application Packet [pdf, 325kb].
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