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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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07/30/17 11:59 PM MST Receipt


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Grants to Arizona nonprofit sportsmen’s organizations to promote the conservation of wildlife through angler, hunter, trapper, and shooter recruitment, retention, or reactivation. Consideration will be given to activities involving hunters and anglers of all skill levels.

The specific funding window(s) focus for the Local Sportsmen’s Group Grants program can change each fiscal year. The 2018 fiscal year grant cycle funding window is: “Hunter or Angler Development and Retention through Progressive Skills Programs.”

Priority will be placed on projects that align with Event Types 2, 3, 4, and 5 that involve the pursuit, or harvest of fish or wildlife with a license / tag, and are designed for and open to participants who are at the appropriate stage of experience relevant to the event type based on description, skills and mentoring guidelines.

Event Types: Five categories designed to improve recruitment, retention and reactivation programs by providing the participant a better understanding of which event is best suited based on their skill level, as follows:

1) Introductory: Knowledge or information imparted. No hunting or pursuit of wildlife, shooting lessons, instructional, typically 1-day activity. Skill Meter: 0-5; Mentoring Meter: 7-10

2) Beginner: a person who is inexperienced; novice; a person who has begun a course of instruction or is learning the fundamentals. Basic take of wildlife, 1-day event, pass shooting, species include dove, ducks, squirrel. Skill Meter: 1-5; Mentoring Meter: 7-10

3) Developing: one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers of a trade, art, or calling. Pursuit of wildlife, overnight events, remote locations, species include quail, rabbit, predator, javelina, turkey. Skill Meter: 3-7; Mentoring Meter: 6-9

4) Intermediate: applies some already learned basic skills to adapt and meet the next level of learning, skill development. Pursuit of more challenging species, deer, elk, stalking, remote locations, overnight, lots of field time. Skill Meter: 5-8; Mentoring Meter: 3-6

5) Experienced: having knowledge or skill in a particular field, especially a profession or job, gained over a period of time. Minimal mentoring, base camps and “meet ups”. Base camps and meet ups that provide similar feel to learn how to events, but are self-supported by attendees at a designated camping area and timeframe, possibly portable potties, and some facilities, possibly a camp host with unit and hunting information. Skill Meter: 7-9; Mentoring Meter: 0-2

Examples of eligible projects include:

Hands-on, mentored hunting / fishing event types 2, 3, 4, or 5 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.

The project must register participants using the Department’s free online registration system. The project must collect survey information using the Department’s online survey tool.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157320

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Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed before June 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be a not-for-profit, non-commercial, local, Arizona-based, or Arizona-chapter of national sportsmen’s / outdoor development group / organizations.

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

Grant dollars cannot be used for activities such as group banquets, raffle prizes, hunting competitions, for-profit projects, or for the purchase of hunting or fishing licenses, tags or stamps. Capital equipment investments and pilot educational projects are typically not funded.

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.

Applicants must not have any unfinished LSG grant project(s) with the Department. Applicants that have defaulted on previous grants are not eligible; unless the default was by agreement between the Department and the applicant. An applicant may be found ineligible if it had past performance issue(s) (e.g., violated the grant agreement terms within the past two years).

Pre-Application Information:

Although a match of dollars or in-kind labor is not a requirement, it is considered a positive asset during the evaluation and scoring process.

Completed grant applications, including any supporting documentation, must be received by Sunday, July 30, 2017 by 11:59 PM (MST). Postmarks do not count.

-June 15, 2017: Announcement of applications being accepted for Local Sportsmen’s Group grants.
-June 30, 2017 by 11:59 PM (MST) Application submission deadline, postmarks do not count.
-July 31 - August 15, 2017: Internal scoring, evaluations, review, recommendations and approvals.
-August 17, 2017: Anticipated date grant awardees will be announced publicly.
-Funds will be available approximately 2-3 weeks after receipt of signed agreement by both parties (earliest estimate is Sept. 1, 2017), proof of required insurance valid during the event, and an invoice for the grant amount is provided.
-June 30, 2018: Projects and reports completed, or sooner to apply for FY2019 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.

The applicant must register in ProcureAZ at or call (602) 542-7600.

Doug Burt, Grants Administrator
(623) 236-7487

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

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USA: Arizona