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Organizations, and Individuals to Train and Educate Hunters

Hunter R3 - Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation Grant Program

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Grants to Wisconsin agencies, tribes, IHEs, school districts, conservation organizations, and individuals for projects and programs that train and educate new hunters and mentors. Priority will be given to programs geared towards females, adults, and families. The primary purpose of this grant is to ensure the education, training, and development of safe and ethical hunters and mentors.

There is a great need for strategically developed, tested programs and results on which to base future program priorities. The Hunter Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation (R3) Grant program will also focus on developing and pilot testing various programs and evaluating the effectiveness of those programs.

The primary purpose of the Hunter Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation (R3) grant program is to provide cost-sharing grants to local clubs, organizations, communities, governments, Wisconsin tribes, colleges, universities and technical schools to ensure the education, training and development of safe and ethical hunters and mentors with a preference towards applicants focusing on adults, females and families.

Priorities for the Hunter R3 program include:

  • Proposals that increase diversity in the hunter community, particularly through engagement of historically underrepresented communities and associated organizations.
  • Proposals that teach hunting skills through events that provide opportunity for participants to continue building skills over several months or years.
  • Proposals that will purchase loaner equipment to be used regularly over its lifetime.
  • Proposals that use an innovative approach to recruit, retain and/or reactivate hunters.

Eligible items:

  • Salaries, wages, and benefits for employees
  • Consultation services
  • Purchased services (Examples: printing, mailing, room rental)
  • Other purchased services (Example: Surveys)
  • Supplies
  • Equipment (Note: if purchasing equipment for the project, using equipment already owned, or accepting donations of equipment use, please consult with Hunter Education and Shooting Sports grant manager for information on the equipment depreciation and hourly use policy.)
  • Hourly equipment rental charges
  • Other (Note: List cost that are needed to implement the project but are not captured in the items above)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148117

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Term of Contract:

Grant funding may be awarded for projects with multiple year duration. Typically, grant agreements are for a two-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Wisconsin counties, towns, villages, and cities
- Wisconsin Universities, Colleges and Technical Schools
- Other Wisconsin governmental units, as defined in s. 66.299, Wis. Stats.
- Wisconsin Tribes
- Wisconsin School Districts
- Conservation organizations (i.e., local rod and gun clubs, sporting organizations, local chapters, and national organizations)
- Individuals

Pre-Application Information:

Yearly application deadline: September 15

This grant program is administered as a reimbursement program. This means you must incur and pay all costs associated with the project before seeking reimbursement from DNR. No grant advances are possible. It is possible for grantees to request partial (quarterly) reimbursements of the WDNR during the life of the project.

This program is a cost-share program between the state and grantee. Grant awards can be up to 75% share of total eligible project costs.

Applicants must have a Unique Entity ID (UEI) number instead of a DUNS number to apply. A UEI number can be obtained by going to

Contact Information:

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

Email applications and supporting documents to:

For more information on Hunter R3 (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation) grants, please contact:
Emily Iehl (LE/8)
Hunter R3 Coordinator

Sarah Brenner
Hunter R3 Grant Program Manager
Wisconsin DNR
Bureau of Community Financial Assistance
1300 W Clairemont Ave
Eau Claire, WI 54701

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