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Wildlife Foundation of Florida Tag Grants

 

Overview

The non-profit Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, Inc. is dedicated to the conservation, management and sustainable enjoyment of Florida’s outstanding lands, waters and wildlife. Since 1994, the Foundation has raised and given away more than $36 million for conservation and outdoor recreation and education programs for adults, children, and families.

Focus of Grants 

Conserving and managing lands open to public hunting; improving access to and amenities on publicly accessible hunting lands; supporting hunting stakeholder meetings; promoting gun and hunting safety programs for all ages, including youth hunting programs. Support generally for the shooting sports in Florida, including competitive shooting and archery.

Current Priorities:

  1. Conservation of lands open to public hunting
  2. Ecological restoration and improvement of public hunting lands
  3. Conservation management of game species (deer, turkey, etc.)
  4. Increasing public access to hunting lands.
  5. Programs to attract women and minorities to hunting and shooting sports.
  6. Archery programs for youth and adults.
  7. Gun and hunting safety programs for all ages


Eligible Applicants and Projects

Federal, state or local government agencies; public and private colleges and universities; and 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, including all-volunteer organizations (e.g., “Friends of…” groups).The Foundation may also, at its sole discretion, consider proposals that benefit the public from private, for-profit organizations.

History

The Florida Legislature assigned administration of the WFF (aka “deer tag”) license plate to the Foundation in 2014 “to fund programs and projects within the state that preserve open space and wildlife habitat, promote conservation, improve wildlife habitat, and establish open space for the perpetual use of the public.”

The Foundation under these guidelines has focused its grant making on conserving and managing lands open to public hunting; improving access to, and amenities on, public hunting lands; supporting hunting stakeholder meetings; promoting gun safety and youth hunting programs; and generally fostering the shootings sports in Florida, including archery. These remain the principal interests of this program and grant cycle.

“WFF” Grant Size

“Wildlife Foundation of Florida” grant requests of up to $75,000 will be considered. Most grants will range from $1,000 to $25,000. The applicant’s ability to procure matching funds from other sources may have bearing on the possibility of being funded but is not a prerequisite. Multi-year projects will be considered, but funding is generally awarded for 18-month intervals. The project period is from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 (18 months).

Important Dates

July 31, 2019: Deadline for all proposals to be submitted to the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

September 30, 2019: The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Board of Directors determines grant awards.

October 7 – 11, 2019: All applicants notified of the Board’s decisions. Successful applicants will receive formal award letters.

January 1, 2020: Projects commence.

July 31, 2021: Final reports and reimbursement invoices, if any, are due.

Past Grants

Project NameGrant Amount
Enhanced surveillance for chronic wasting disease in free-ranging deer in Florida$40,000.00
Manatee County Archery, Hunting, and Turkey Habitat Management$28,450.00
Womens Outreach Hunts$2,000.00
FHF New Hunters Program$21,335.00
Operation Outdoor Freedom Food Plots FY18-19$4,000.00
Proverbs 31:15$10,000.00
Alachua 4-H Archery$1,989.00
Gators, Gals and Guns$2,005.00
Introduction to Archery basics range equipment$3,900.00
ALLOUT Florida Adventure Program (ALLOUT)$20,000.00
Field-to-Fork Program$8,500.00
FWC 2019 R3 Summit$12,000.00
UW-F/FWC Waterfowl Summit$2,500.00
Youth Hunt Stands$1,800.00
Hunter Ed Promotion$21,200.00
Hunt Trailer Replacement Project$6,000.00
Qualitative research with Florida college students on hunting$20,000.00
Outdoor Youth Day$3,500.00
Lakeland Youth Hunter Education Challenge and Becoming An Outdoors Woman Shotgun Hunting Program$5,000.00
Operation Outdoor Freedom Food Plots 2018-2019$4,000.00
UW-F/FWC Waterfowl Summit$2,500.00
Youth Small Game Hunt "Rumble In The Swamp" Small Game Hunt$1,500.00
Shooting Range for Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center$50,000.00
FWC R3 Hunting Stakeholder Summit$10,000.00
Using Translocation to Evaluate Site Fidelity, Seasonal Movement, and Habitat Use of Northern Bobwhite in relation to Food Availability and Cover $18,500.00
Enhanced surveillance for chronic wasting diseases in free-ranging deer in Florida$20,000.00
3rd Annual Dog Days Of Summer Youth Field Trial & Event$5,000.00
The Future of Hunting in Florida's Youth Hunting Program$33,730.00
The 4-H Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Day Camp$3,900.00
Seasons Of Hope Outdoors National Affiliated Youth 3 Day Fox Hound Field Trial$5,000.00
SportsAbility$20,000.00
Wheels in Nature$19,000.00
Huntmaster Hunting Blinds$55,500.00
Development of a Mobile Application for Hunting on Florida’s Wildlife Management Areas$75,000.00
Comprehensive White-tailed Deer Study on Deseret Cattle & Citrus$82,092.00
Hunt Camp Scholarships$7,500.00
NW YHPF Trailer$8,000.00
YHPF Regional Trailer Restocking$10,000.00
FHF Youth Hunts$7,725.00
4-H Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Day Camp$2,900.00
Florida Sportsmens Conservation Association Youth Day$4,050.00
FYCCN Hunt Camp Expansion$16,320.00
Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Entrance Improvements (Check Station)$40,000.00
Provide Mobility Impaired Access on Wildlife Management Areas$30,000.00
Game Cleaning Stations on Wildlife Management Areas$2,500
The Future of Hunting in Florida Youth Hunt Camp$2,500
Tate's Hell Rec Site Improvements$3,787
Sauls Landing Fishing and Recreation Area on Four Creeks State Forest$2,500
Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area PWD Improvements$500
Master Outdoorsman$2,500
Triple N Ranch WMA Food Plots$9,870.87
T.M. Goodwin Youth Hunt Expansion (Equipment)$6,600.00
Camp Blanding WMA Cooler Replacement$8,590
FYCCN Archery Expansion - Explore Archery Curriculum$2,500
Check Station Replacement on the Snipe Island Unit of Big Bend WMA$4,025
FYCCN Archery Expansion - Beginner Archery Kits$10,000
7th Annual Florida Youth Outdoor Experience – May 28, 2016$2,500
"Wild About Florida"$2,500
Expansion and Safety Improvements to Smallbore Range$2,500
FYCCN Archery Expansion - Beginner Archery Kits$15,000

For More Information

Contact Mrs. Erin Smart.

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