Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) - Division of Rural Services (DRS), Arkansas Rural Development Commission (ARDC), and Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC)
Grants to Arkansas school districts and conservation districts representing rural communities to enhance conservation education efforts. Funding will support the implementation and maintenance of qualifying programs. Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to, the following:
-Arkansas National Archery in the Schools Program (ANASP)
-Arkansas Youth Shooting Sports Program (AYSSP)
-Uniforms for teams listed above
-Arkansas Stream Team
-Hotel, Travel and Registration for all programs listed above
-Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs (HOFNOD)
-Study of general fish and wildlife conservation issues
-Project WILD Workshops
-Project WET Workshops
-Implementation/Operation of a Butterfly Garden
-Implementation/Operation of an Outdoor Classroom
-School Yard Habitat Site Development
-Specialized AGFC conservation education/educator training workshops focused on above programs
-Funds also may be used by educators to take students on field trips to AGFC Nature Centers, Conservation Education Centers and Wildlife Management Areas. Including bus fuel.
GrantWatch ID#: 178586
All project expenditures must be expended within one year after the date of the award.
With this grant program, all school district and conservation districts are eligible to apply for assistance regardless of district size or population.
Projects not eligible for funding consideration under the Game and Fish Wildlife Conservation Education Grant Program include, but again are not limited to:
-Any competitive shooting or archery teams not associated with the AGFC
-Cost associated with hunters/boaters education courses
-No food purchases (meals) other than bottled water or light snacks
-No t-shirt, caps or other clothing purchases allowed with the exception of uniforms for ANASP or AYSSP as listed above
-Salaries or any other compensation- including bus drivers or substitute teachers
-Day to day maintenance
-Building of permanent structures
The program operates on an annual basis. Fiscal Year 2018 applications will be accepted beginning July 1, 2017 and ending February 8, 2018.
-Cycle I - October 26, 2017
-Cycle II - February 8, 2018
Applicants must gain the approval of their local school principal or conservation district official who will be ultimately responsible for the grant should it be received.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Tonya Hass, Wildlife Grants Manager
900 West Capitol, Suite 400
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682.3998 / 1-888-RURAL-AR