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Chickadee Checkoff Small Grants

Grants to Kansas Nonprofits, For-Profits, Schools, and
Individuals for Wildlife Diversity and Habitat Improvement

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Kansas nonprofits, for-profits, schools, clubs, conservation districts, and individuals for projects that promote wildlife diversity and improve habitat for non-game species. Program priorities include habitat projects, education and outreach, and research projects.

The KDWPT Chickadee Checkoff program seeks proposals for projects that address needs either specifically identified in this announcement or more generally described in the Kansas State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). Projects that address the items listed herein under the 2017 Chickadee Checkoff Small Grant Program Project Priorities will receive additional ranking points.

2017 Chickadee Checkoff Small Grants Program Project Priority list:

Project priorities listed below are not listed in priority order; projects that address any item listed below will receive higher ranking points than projects addressing other issues/strategies within the Kansas SWAP. Projects will be competitively ranked with other projects within the same category (Habitat, Education, or Research).

Conservation Issue: Habitat is being altered in ways that are detrimental to species need.

2017 Chickadee Checkoff Small Grants Program Priority Habitat Projects:
-Development of public pollinator gardens.
-Assessment of perched culverts, bridges, and other structures creating fish passage barriers for in Kansas streams. Identify locations, assess what is needed to remove such barrier and obtain cost of each potential barrier removal and/or replacement.
-Control of woody invasion and increase of flora and fauna diversity on native prairie ecosystems through using prescribed burning as a management tool.

Conservation Issue: Lack of wildlife viewing programs inhibits development of public understanding and support of nongame programs.

2017 Chickadee Checkoff Small Grants Program Priority Education/Outreach Projects:
-Build and incorporate nongame educational displays – examples include but not limited to: 4H wildlife programs, aquariums in the schools, school purple martin colonies and observation. Proposal must detail how the display will be incorporated within the educational program (curriculum) and explain how the project will be maintained in the long term.
-Provide incentives/scholarships to educators for continued education with emphasis on nongame species education. Must provide how the education will be incorporated in to the classroom. Please provide information on specific continuing education workshop/training, if available. Match requirements may be waived if requested directly from school (K‐12 instructors and/or educators) and not the entity holding the workshop.
-Development of publications, or videos for education of nongame animals.

Conservation Issue: Data on species populations, occurrence, and distribution is incomplete for state threatened and endangered, or species at risk of becoming candidate.

2017 Chickadee Checkoff Small Grants Program Priority Research Projects:
-Publication of Species Recovery Plans for state threatened and endangered species without recovery plans. This project may require funding over the available limit for this program, however, those interested in development and publication of Species Recovery Plan should contact KDWPT contact above for additional information.

Criteria used to evaluate the proposed projects are as follows:
-Fulfillment of addressing the SWAP including but not limited to 2017 High Priority Project Objectives.
-Goals or products of this proposal should benefit non‐game wildlife in some aspect of education, conservation, species recovery/protection, habitat enhancement or management, or combination of these.
-Quality of proposal preparation: must include all items requested and in the format outline requested. Must meet match requirements.
-Species location information must be provided using GPS coordinates and/or GIS files.
-Scientific merit of proposal.
-Best use of available funds and contribution of matching funds.
-Probability of success with amount of funds requested, contributions of matching funds, and timeline proposed.
-There should be long lasting commitments to the project, habitat enhancements or management practices should be maintained for long term, research information obtained should be useful for managing species being studied, education products should be incorporated to maintain project within program curriculum and not yearly request.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144088

Estimated Size of Grant:

Chickadee Checkoff Small Grants efforts range from the very short and simple projects of the $500 level to much more substantial projects leveraging funds to match federal grants totaling in the several hundred thousand dollar range.

This small grant program is historically limited to no more than $10,000. No matter the grant schedule or amount, no project shall receive greater than $10,000.

Term of Contract:

This small grant program seeks to fund projects which will be completed within 12 month period. If the project will exceed 12 months, applicants must provide an explanation on why it will exceed 12 months. Projects that will exceed 3 years are not funded.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All KDWPT partners may apply, including: formally organized clubs and organizations, educational facilities, public schools, college or university faculty, staff, and students, industry, other for‐profit groups, nonprofit organizations, county conservation districts, and private individuals may also be eligible to submit proposals.

Pre-Application Information:

The Chickadee Checkoff Small Grant Program requires that valid and documented federal or non‐federal match be provided by the applicant. The minimum required matching amount that will be considered is 25 percent of total project cost unless otherwise noted in this guidance document.

KDWPT will require documentation of matching funds prior to authorizing invoice payments. Matching funds may be provided as cash or as in‐kind services. Eligible indirect cost from agencies/universities can only be used for meeting match requirements. At no time will indirect cost be eligible for reimbursement or payment to the applicant through the Chickadee Checkoff Small Grant Program.

Match is not required for proposals submitted by high schools or middle schools.

Proposals are due no later than December 1, 2017.

Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made no later than the end of February 2018.

If funding remains available after proposals are approved, KDWPT may re‐open request for application later in 2018.

The Kansas Wildlife Action Plan can be found at:‐SWAP

Contact Information:

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

Daren Riedle, Program Coordinator

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT)
Ecological Services Section
512 SE 25th Ave
Pratt, KS 67124

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