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Youth Participation Initiative (YPI) Program

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
to Engage Youth in Fishing, Hunting, and Conservation

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Funding Source:

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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP)

Deadline Date:

05/01/21 5:00 PM Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Mississippi nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies to educate youth in the areas of fishing, hunting, conservation, and safety. Funding is intended for proposals that focus on recruitment, education, or retention in these areas. Preference is given to those projects demonstrating focus on new ideas, new programs, or programs directed at involving youth that have little or no prior experience in the fields of hunting, fishing, or conservation.

Eligible items include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Program food/drinks/ eating supplies
  • Program related equipment
  • Fishing equipment/supplies
  • Ammunition, shooting supplies, targets, throwers, clay targets, and archery equipment
  • Transportation/gas for grant approved projects
  • Advertisement: Flyers, brochures, and radio broadcast. Note: advertisement cannot exceed 20-25% of requested amount.

Eligible projects must address one or more of the following:

  • Recruitment of youth in the areas of hunting, fishing, or conservation
  • Retention of youth in the areas of hunting, fishing, or conservation
  • Education of youth in the areas of hunting, fishing, or conservation
  • Increasing youth opportunities in the areas of hunting, fishing, or conservation
  • Education of youth in any safety issues arising from the areas of hunting, fishing, or conservation

All programs involving hunting or firearms are required to include a safety presentation on safe firearms handling by a presenter who has been certified in Hunter Education. The name and Hunter Education number of the presenter must be included on the YPI application.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172248

Term of Contract:

- The 2021-22 YPI program period will be from May 1, 2021 – May 30, 2022.
- All projects must be completed by May 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only project proposals submitted by and in the name of state agencies, education institutions, or nonprofit organizations shall be eligible for funding under this Program.

Please keep in mind that previous awardees are not guaranteed a grant every year.

Ineligible items include, but are not limited to the following:
- Salaries and fringe benefits
- Raffles/prizes
- Firearms
- Computers
- Program liability insurance
- Hunting competitions
- Curriculum development
- Cameras
- Land lease
- Facility construction/sheds, storage buildings, fences, etc.
- Facility lease/use
- Range memberships

Pre-Application Information:

The MDWFP will be accepting applications for the 2021-2022 funding period beginning April 1, 2021. Applications must be submitted between April 1-May 1, 2021 at 5:00 PM.

Proposals must be emailed.

Applicants will be notified within 60-90 days after the application due date.

Grantees need to work on outside funding as YPI funds will need to be distributed to new projects each year. This award may help you start a program but is not intended to fund the life of your program.

All applications must identify the matching monetary or in-kind contributions that will be used to support the proposed project. Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide matching funds or in-kind contributions and preference may be given to proposals with higher match percentages.

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications by email to:
Cpt. Megan Fedrick
Director of Hunter Education
Megan.Fedrick@wfp.ms.gov

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive
Jackson, Mississippi 39211-6374
(601) 432-2174

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