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Heritage Grant (HG)

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits, Agencies, and School Districts
for Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Education

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Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)

Deadline Date:

10/31/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants starting at $500 to Arizona government agencies, school districts, and nonprofit organizations for endangered species preservation, environmental outreach and education, and outdoor recreation. Specific funding categories include schoolyard habitats, public access, urban wildlife and their habitats, and the management and protection of sensitive habitats.

The following describes the four HG sub-categories:

Schoolyard Habitats (SCHOOLYARD) ($30,000 available).

Fund Description – SCHOOLYARD grants are for projects that encourage wildlife education on school sites through the development or improvements of schoolyard wildlife habitats.

Urban Wildlife and Urban Wildlife Habitat (URBAN) ($100,000 available). 

Fund Description – URBAN grants are for projects that conserve, enhance and establish wildlife habitats and populations in harmony with urban environments.

Public Access (ACCESS) ($50,000 available).

Fund Description – ACCESS grants are for projects that increase or maintain public access for recreational use that aligns with the Department’s Mission. 

Identification, Inventory, Acquisition, Protection and Management of Sensitive Habitat (IIAPM) ($200,000 available). 

Fund Description – IIAPM grants are for projects that preserve and enhance Arizona's natural biological diversity.

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GrantWatch ID#: 140156

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The funding minimum for all sub-categories is $500.

Schoolyard grants have a maximum funding level of $10,000.

Urban Wildlife / Urban Wildlife Habitat grants have a maximum funding level of $100,000.

Public Access grants have a maximum funding level of $50,000.

IIAPM grants have a maximum funding level of $200,000.

Term of Contract:

Awarded applicants have 120 calendar days from Grant Agreement receipt, to sign the Grant Agreement or the grant award will be rescinded. Once the project effective date has been established, a HG Participant must request awarded funds within 120 calendar days or less of the Grant Agreement effective date, or the grant award will be terminated.

All grant Participants must complete their project (including all project business, project deliverables, and closure certification) within 36 months from the grant agreement effective date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include the federal government or any federal department or agency; Indian tribes; this state; all state departments, agencies, boards, and commissions; counties; school districts; public charter schools; cities; towns; all municipal corporations; administrative subunits; any non-profit group which meets the Internal Revenue Service definition of a 501(c) organization, and any other political subdivision.

HG’s can only be awarded for projects that occur on publicly held lands as defined in Arizona Game and Fish Commission Rule R12-4-701; Publicly Held Lands means federal, public, and reserved land, State Trust Land, and other lands within Arizona that are owned, controlled, or managed by the federal government, a state agency, or political subdivision.

Costs incurred prior to the effective date of the Grant Agreement (pre-agreement costs) are only allowed as match or donation, and must be documented and specified in the project proposal. Pre-agreement costs are not an allowable HG expenditure.

Overhead and/or indirect costs are not eligible for HG funds. Overhead and/or indirect costs can be included as match, if properly documented.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020 HG application window opens Friday, September 13th, 2019 and closes at 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 31st, 2019.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. If the Department receives an incomplete application proposal with sufficient time prior to the deadline, the Department may attempt to notify the applicant and advise them of any actions needed to correct the proposal and still submit by the deadline date and time.

A telephone confirmation to ensure receipt is highly recommended by the applicant for any application submitted, by calling LouAnn DeHart.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Grant proposals can be mailed, hand delivered, or emailed to:

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Attn: Heritage Fund and Grants Administrator
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, Arizona 85086

LouAnn DeHart, Heritage Fund and Grants Administrator
(623) 236-7530

Please contact Sherry Crouch, Funds & Planning Chief, 623-236-7528, for any questions related to the Heritage Fund Program

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