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Chickadee Checkoff Small Grants Program

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

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

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Kansas nonprofit organizations, 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 to support research, education, and habitat projects that improve wildlife habitats and protect endangered and non-game species.

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 2020 Chickadee Checkoff Small Grant Program Project Priorities will receive additional ranking points.

2020 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.

2020 Chickadee Checkoff Small Grants Program Priority Habitat Projects:

  • Development of public pollinator gardens,  pollinator habitat demonstration sites, or allow for assistance in larger pollinator plantings.
  • 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.
  • Map, monitor, and research control measures for non-native invasive herbaceous species

Conservation Issue: Data on species populations, occurrence, and distribution is incomplete for state threatened and endangered, or species of greatest conservation need.

2020 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 2020 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:

This small grant program is 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. Projects should not exceed 3 years.

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 January 1, 2020. Notification of acceptance or rejection will be made no later than the end of February 2020.

Proposals should be submitted via email in word or pdf format, if you are unable to email the proposal please send hard copy (postmarked on or before date above) to Daren Riedle.

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.

Contact Information:

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

To submit a proposal via email:
Daren Riedle, Program Coordinator

To submit a proposal via hardcopy
Chickadee Checkoff Small Grants Program Coordinator
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism (KDWPT)
Ecological Services Section
512 SE 25th Ave
Pratt, KS 67124


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