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Local Sportsmen’s Group (LSG) Grant Program

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits to Promote Wildlife
Conservation through Hunting and Angling

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Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)

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08/15/18 11:59 PM MST Receipt


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Grants to Arizona nonprofit sportsmen’s and outdoor development organizations for projects related to the recruitment, reactivation, and retention of hunters, anglers, shooters, and trappers. Possible activities include hands-on, mentored hunting and fishing events. All programs must be accessible to the general public.


The Arizona Game and Fish Commission (Commission) created the annual Local Sportsmen’s Group (LSG) Grants Program in 2007 to assist and support local sportsmen’s groups dedicated to wildlife conservation. Through this program, local sportsmen’s groups and the Arizona Game and Fish Department (Department) are working together to preserve traditional outdoor recreational activities and continue the current funding model for wildlife management and conservation through the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation (NAMWC), which is primarily funded by the sale of licenses and tags in Arizona and nationally. The program is a response to declines in hunting, angling, trapping, and shooting participation nationally.

The LSG Grant program is an element of the Department’s strategy for addressing recruitment, retention, reactivation (R3) and preserving these traditions (hunting, angling, shooting, & trapping – HAST). Local sportsmen’s groups have played a meaningful role in wildlife conservation, including their role in eliminating market hunting (self-regulation) at the end of the 19th Century, and in the 1930s for dedicated funding from Congress for research and wildlife management programs for state wildlife agencies through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Act.

There is no cost to Arizona taxpayers for this grant program. The Arizona Game and Fish Department does not receive any of the state’s general funds, and operates on a user-pay, public-benefit model. The Local Sportsmen’s Group Grant Program is funded from the sale of licenses and is an investment in the continuance of wildlife conservation efforts and outdoor recreation participation in the state of Arizona.

Examples of eligible projects include:

Hands-on, mentored hunting / fishing event types 2, 3, 4, or 5 (see glossary in the program guidelines) for participants who have been recently introduced to the basics of shooting sports, or early awareness to hunting and fishing depending on event type. Events that meet the funding window objective will provide field instruction on pursuit, harvest of game / fish, preparation for consumption, and elements of safety, conservation, wildlife, and lessons on becoming skilled in these arenas AND includes some process that actively aides in the participant recruitment process identifying skill level and alignment to the projects focus. All projects actively engage past participants to a “Next Step” successional program in an effort to move them to “Continuation without Support” phase of the Adoption Sequence (i.e.: thank you email, newsletter for participants, calendar of events, link back to other R3 networks, etc.)

Examples of hands-on events / programs include: hunting (small game, migratory birds, predators, big game), trapping, fishing (stream, lakes, and urban waters), and other activities.

All programs must be open to the public. Applicants must meet all state and federal laws and rules. All participants must be properly licensed and stamped for the activity when required.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157320

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Term of Contract:

The project must be completed before June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Local Sportsmen’s Group Grants applicants must meet the following requirements. Applications that do not meet these criteria will be rejected.

1. Be a not-for-profit, non-commercial, local, Arizona-based, or Arizona-chapter of national sportsmen’s / outdoor development group / organizations
2. The project must meet the current Funding Window
3. The project must be related to hunter, angler, shooter, trapper, recruitment, retention, reactivation – with relation to the annual Funding Window
4. The project must be conducted in Arizona and focus on Arizona’s public
5. NEW! The project must register participants using the Department’s free online registration system
6. NEW! The project must collect survey information using the Department’s online survey tool
7. The project must be completed before June 30, 2019
8. The applicant must register in ProcureAZ at or call (602) 542-7600
9. The applicant must obtain, and submit a certificate of general liability insurance coverage including sexual abuse and molestation insurance (S.A.M.I.) to the Department prior to signing the grant agreement to receive funding.

Grants dollars cannot be used for activities such as, but not limited to: purchasing licenses, tags, stamps or regulatory permits, banquets, raffle prizes; gifts; hunting competitions; and for-profit projects.

Capital equipment investments and pilot educational projects are typically not funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed grant applications, including any supporting documentation, must be received by Sunday, Aug. 15, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (MST).

-July 2, 2018: Announcement of applications being accepted for Local Sportsmen’s Group grants.
-August 15, 2018 by 11:59 PM MST: Application submission deadline.
-August 16-30, 2018: Internal scoring, evaluations, review, recommendations and approvals.
-September 4, 2018: Anticipated date grant awardees will be announced publicly.
-Funds will be available approximately 2-3 weeks after receipt of signed agreement by both parties, proof of required insurance valid during the event, and an invoice for the grant amount is provided.
-July 30, 2018: Projects and reports completed, or sooner to apply for FY2020 LSG grant cycle.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Douglas A. Burt, Hunting and Shooting Sports Program Manager

Arizona Game and Fish Department
Attn: IEWR, Local Sportsmen’s Grant
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, Arizona 85086

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona