Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) - Division of Wildlife
Grants of up to $15,000 to Ohio nonprofit conservation organizations to promote wildlife-related recreational activities, such as wildlife viewing, fishing, hunting, and trapping. Particular emphasis is placed on programs targeting youth and individuals who are unfamiliar with wildlife-related recreation.
Additionally, projects focusing on public access to property or facilities, education and informing youth in safe participation in wildlife-related activities, developing long-term mentorship programs in fishing, hunting and shooting sports education are encouraged.
This competitive grant is designed to provide funding for activities for the sponsoring organization, and/or to fund existing programs, and on-going funding for newly established programs or activities.
Grant funds can be used for the following:
-Provide equipment/supplies for local schools for NASP, 4-H shooting sports or local SCTP programs. NOTE; NASP schools can receive $3,000 each to cover the cost of an archery kit to carry out NASP training.
-Trapping supplies for Youth Trapping Workshops
-Insurance for events/activities
-Food/refreshments/picnic supplies for participants necessary to carry out the proposed event/activity.
-Ammunition, Shooting Supplies, Targets, and Clay Targets, Trap Throwers, Fire arms, bows (shooting sports equipment that will be used to provide shooting opportunity by the club for on-going programs for the public). Any equipment purchased must remain on the club/organizations inventory & maintained until the end of its useful life. These items must be available for inspection upon request by the ODNR, Division of Wildlife, State and/or Federal Auditors. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of equipment and unused grant funds.
-Live Bait and Terminal Fishing Tackle, fishing equipment, (fishing and aquatic education equipment that will be used to provide angler or aquatic education by the club for on-going programs for the public).
-Advertisement flyers and brochures for the Scheduled Event
-ODNR- Division of Wildlife & Wildlife Sport Fish Restoration Logos must appear on all advertisement flyers or brochures for the event/ activity. Logos are available by contacting the ODNR-Division of Wildlife Central Office.
-Special Population Supplies and Services (interpreters, adaptive equipment)
-Developing a mentored or learn to hunt program.
-Stocking fish for youth fishing events/activities
-Stocking Pheasants for youth outdoor hunting events/ activities. Note: Events must directly affect the participant’s knowledge, skills and abilities of hunter education and there must be an educational hands-on element.
-Sponsorship or tuition for individuals or groups to attend outdoor education camps that focus on hunter education, shooting sports education or aquatic education.
Suggested Activities that are eligible:
-A hunting, shooting, or fishing recruitment module as provided by the Division
-Family Fishing Days (fishing and aquatic education activities)
-Outdoor Skills Days (shooting and fishing activities)
-Shooting Skills Days (rifle, shotgun, muzzleloaders, archery shooting)
-Beginning Trapping Skills Days (hands-on trapping activities)
-Hunter Education Classes
-Live rifle activities are eligible, but they must be held after the hunter education class and in accordance with Policy #9 of the Hunter Education Instructor Manual
-Advanced Hunting Clinics (species specific to include hands-on participation)
-National Hunting and Fishing Day Activities
-Free Fishing Days Activities and Celebration
-National Fishing Week Activities
-Development of mentorship programs that teach the public how to hunt, fish and shoot.
NOTE: Activities involving competition are not eligible. Events or activities must be free and open to the public, have an educational value and include a hands-on component.
GrantWatch ID#: 179948
Funds are available up to $15,000 total per club, and can be divided between as many as ten (10) separate project proposals.
The application is currently OPEN for events taking place July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.
County conservation clubs, organized not-for-profit, regional/state conservation organizations whose constitution and bylaws state that conservation functions and the promotion of fishing, hunting, trapping & shooting sports education are the principal purposes of the organization. In addition, the organization must meet two of the three following criteria:
-The conservation clubs must have been in existence and active for not less than 2 years prior to applying for a sponsorship agreement.
-The conservation club must have active member- ships of at least 25 (documented) and conduct not less than four meetings annually.
-The conservation club owns or leases land located in the State of Ohio. The lands must be used primarily for fishing, hunting, shooting sports education or other wildlife-related outdoor recreation.
NOTE: Private individuals are not eligible
Funds cannot be used for
-Personnel & other overhead costs for the club or its members
-Construction or shooting range upgrades and maintenance.
-Donations to outside organizations that are not directly linked to training the public in hunter education, shooting sports education or aquatic education.
-Events/activities that do not focus on increasing participation in hunter education, shooting sports education, or angler/aquatic education.
-Membership fees for the club/organization or its members
- The application period opens January 1st.
- Applications must be submitted by March 15th.
Beginning July 1, 2019, all grant recipients must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number that is registered with the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
For more information and to apply: https://ohiodnr.tfaforms.net/4624877
ODNR Division of Wildlife
Outdoor Education Section
2045 Morse Road, Bldg. G
Columbus, Ohio 43229-6693