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Apply Now for Wildlife Management and Hunting

and Shooting Sports Education 2020 Grants

Deadline for Submittals: 5:00 pm ET on Wednesday, July 31th, 2019


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.

The Foundation is now accepting applications for grants from the proceeds of sales of the “Wildlife Foundation of Florida” specialty license plate. Grant requests will be accepted between July 8th and July 31th, 2019.

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.


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. A list of past grants can be found here for guidance.

“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 will be from January 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 (18 months).

Apply Online

Wildlife Foundation of Florida application

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.

For More Information Contact

Mrs. Erin Smart,





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