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Aquatic Education Grants

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
to Promote Fishing and Environmental Stewardship

GrantWatch ID#: 169967
Agency Type:


Ohio Department of Natural Resources - Ohio Division of Wildlife


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Grants ranging from $800 to $10,000 to Ohio nonprofits, schools, government agencies, and conservation groups to provide hands-on opportunities in aquatic education. The purpose of this program is to promote participation in fishing as a sport and stewardship of aquatic habitats.

The project must include an opportunity for the participants to engage in an aquatic education learning experience. Examples of activities include Passport to Fishing, water quality monitoring, or a fish hatchery tour. The project must include a hands-on fishing opportunity.

Applicants are limited to one aquatic education grant per fiscal year. Programs may consist of a single event or multiple events.

$800 - $5,000

Events may take place July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018.

Grants will only be issued to nonprofit or governmental organizations.

Schools, park and recreation departments, conservation groups, local governments, and other nonprofit organizations that wish to sponsor an aquatic or angler education program within the State of Ohio are eligible.

Multiple agencies may work cooperatively to conduct a program or event, but only one grant application may be submitted. The grant applicant is responsible for contract administration, permitting, fund management, and final report submission.

-No grants will be issued for overhead costs, program administration (i.e., staff wages), planning or research.
-Prize items are also an ineligible expense.
-Food and beverage expenses greater than 20 percent of the total funding request will not be permitted.
-Transportation expenses greater than 20 percent of the total funding request will not be permitted.

The application period is September 15, 2016 - December 31, 2016. Applications may be submitted by mail, email, or fax.

Applicants must provide a minimum of 25 percent matching funds for the proposed project. Example: A project with a proposed budget of $5,000 must provide proof of $1,250 in matching funds. Volunteer labor is the only acceptable form of matching funds for this grant.

Volunteer in-kind contributions are calculated using the following method: Volunteer in-kind = Number of volunteer hours x $39.20 (labor rate)

Example: In the grant application, an applicant claiming 100 hours of volunteer labor will provide matching funds of $3,920.

When calculating volunteer in-kind, take into account teaching time, travel time, and preparatory time.

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

Ohio Division of Wildlife
Aquatic Education Program
2045 Morse Road; G-1
Columbus, OH 43229-6693

Fax: (614) 262-1171

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