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Grants to Kansas Nonprofits, For-Profits, Schools, Conservation Districts, and Individuals for Wildlife Conservation Projects

Chickadee Checkoff Small Grants Program

Kansas Department of Wildlife, and Parks, and Tourism (KDWP)


Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #144088

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Kansas nonprofits, for-profit groups, public schools, educational facilities, clubs, conservation districts, individuals, and college or university faculty, staff, and students for wildlife and habitat conservation projects. Funding is intended for research, education, and habitat projects that improve wildlife habitats and protect endangered and non-game species.

2022 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: Lack of nature-based and outdoor education opportunities

The intent of these projects is to help the public build appreciation and stewardship for natural resources. The 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. Projects include:

  • Development of wildlife viewing site, events, equipment, infrastructure, and interpretive signage.
  • Build and incorporate nongame educational displays in the classroom or on school grounds.

Conservation Issue: Habitat is being altered in ways that are detrimental to species' needs

The Kansas (SWAP) recognizes Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs) where conservation actions can be applied for the maximum benefit for all Kansas Wildlife. Each EFA contains a suite of priority habitats and specific resource concerns facing those habitats. Projects include:

  • Development of public pollinator gardens, pollinator habitat demonstration sites, or allow for assistance in larger pollinator plantings.
  • Control of woody invasion and increase of flora and fauna diversity on native prairie ecosystems.
  • Wetland development

Conservation Issue: Data on species populations, occurrence, and distribution is incomplete for threatened and endangered, or Species of Greatest Conservation Need.

The Kansas (SWAP) recognizes EFAs where conservation actions can be applied for the maximum benefit for all Kansas Wildlife. Each EFA contains a suite of SGCN and priority habitats and specific resource concerns facing those species and habitats. Projects include:

  • Develop and implement a survey to provide detailed population, occurrence, and habitat relationships of threatened or endangered species or Species of Greatest Conservation Need as listed in the Kansas SWAP. 

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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:

Proposals are due no later than May 1, 2022. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made no later than the end of May.

The Chickadee Checkoff Small Grant Program requires that a 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 the total project cost unless otherwise noted in this guidance document.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

This small grant program is limited to no more than $10,000.

Term of Contract:

This small grant program seeks to fund projects that will be completed within 12 month period. Grants awarded for a 12-month period may be amended for an extension of time, if needed and requested prior to the end of the grant.

Contact Information:

Submit applications and direct questions to:
Daren Riedle, Program Coordinator
daren.riedle@ks.gov
620-672-0746

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

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