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Conservation Grants

Grant Programs of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida

Since 1994, the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida has raised and given away more than $30 million in grants to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and many other public and private partners. We are the largest private funder of the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network, a consortium of 300+ public and private organizations that provide 200,000 Florida children annually with formative outdoor experiences. Conserving important wildlife habitat, preventing species extinctions, improving public access to hunting lands and shooting sports facilities, combatting invasive species like pythons and lionfish, and restoring Florida’s reefs are also major initiatives. While many of our grants are made to organizations with which we work closely to achieve our conservation goals, several times/year the Foundation also invites individuals, organizations and agencies to apply for competitive grants funded via our specialty license plates and other sources. More information on these programs is below.

2019 Grant Applications Request

Conservation & Outdoor Recreation

The Foundation is now accepting applications for grants from the proceeds of sales of the “Wildlife Foundation of Florida” and “Protect Florida Springs” specialty license plates. Deadline for submittals is 6:00 pm ET on Friday, July 27th, 2018.

“Wildlife Foundation of Florida” Grants

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

Current Priorities:
a) Innovative programs that attract women and minorities to hunting and shooting sports.
b) Archery programs for youth and adults.
c) Ecological restoration and improvement of public hunting lands.
d) 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. Per Florida Statute 320.08056 (10)(a), grant funds may be expended only for use in the State of Florida.

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

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, 2019 to June 30, 2020 (18 months).

Apply Online

When you click here, you will need to sign up to create a user account by entering a unique e-mail address and a password. You will then be taken to the application form.

“Protect Florida Springs” Grants

The Foundation is seeking freshwater springs-focused projects in two areas; several priority needs within each area for the 2019 grant cycle are noted.

1. Research projects that lead to better understanding of or directly address one or more principal threats facing Florida’s springs. This can be site-specific research or research that has the potential to positively impact multiple springs.
(Examples: projects that identify the sources of stress for a particular spring; an innovative method of reducing nutrient pollution or controlling invasive species in one or more springs; research to ensure the continued survival of imperiled or declining spring species.)

Current priorities:
a) Quantification of the long-term economic benefits of springs preservation and restoration; e. g., nature tourism, ecosystem services (health of aquifer/clean drinking water, water for wildlife and agriculture, etc.)
b) Development of local and regional watershed maps for springs to foster better land-use planning, guide springs- and aquifer-related environmental policy and educate the public.
c) Start-up planning funding for communities and organizations working to preserve or restore springs.
d) “Completion” or ongoing funding for large springs research projects.
e) Research on native Florida species dependent on the springs ecosystems.
f) Research on control and removal of non-native or otherwise invasive plants and animals that further degrade springs ecosystems.

2. Community education and other outreach activities that foster adoption of best practices in the restoration, management and conservation of freshwater springs or alter public attitudes and practices detrimental to spring conservation.
(Examples: community education projects that encourage landowners to reduce non-point nutrient flow into springs via vegetative buffers, improved septic systems or sewage treatment; fostering and organizing community or interest-group (e.g., divers) springs clean ups, bank stabilization, exotic species removal and similar on-the-ground stewardship work.)

Current priorities:
a) Proposals that address the disconnect between an individual’s actions and the large-scale impacts on springs and the aquifer (for example, that dumping chemicals on the ground can show up in surrounding waters within weeks with little filtration and consequent impacts on human and wildlife health).
b) Creation of a best-practices manual of restoration and conservation strategies that have worked well at one or more springs.
c) Effective strategies based on current understanding of social behavior to change behaviors by Florida residents and tourists that degrade Florida’s springs.

The potential conservation impact of each proposal and its possible applicability to multiple springs will have strong bearing on the possibility of being funded. Questions to be answered in the springs grant application include:

a) Does the project have broad applicability? Could agencies and other communities take the results and apply them elsewhere?
b) Does the project have the potential to change minds and behaviors?
c) Are the anticipated results measurable or quantifiable? What is the grantee’s plan for publicizing the findings and having them influence work elsewhere?
d) Does the project or its anticipated results have the potential to attract new funding, partners or on-the-ground conservation agreements?

Eligible Applicants and Projects

Eligible applicants include 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. Per Florida Statute 320.08056 (10)(a), grant funds may be expended only for use in the State of Florida.

History

The Florida Legislature established the Protect Florida Springs specialty license plate in 2007 to fund competitive grants for community-based springs research and conservation not currently available for state funding, as well as funding of community outreach programs aimed at implementing such research findings. The competitive grants are administered and approved by the board of directors of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, with input from a Springs Advisory Committee made up of springs experts and community members. A list of past grants can be found here for guidance.

Grant Size

Grant requests up to $75,000 will be considered. 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, 2019 to June 30, 2020 (18 months).

Apply Online

When you click here, you will need to sign up to create a user account by entering a unique e-mail address and a password. You will then be taken to the application form.

For more information on either grant program, contact Ms. Erin Smart. 

Important Dates

July 27, 2018 – Deadline for all proposals to be submitted to the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

September 24, 2018 – The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida Board of Directors determines grant awards.

October 1 – 7, 2018 – All applicants notified of the Board’s decisions. Successful applicants will receive formal award letters.

January 1, 2019 – Projects commence.

July 31, 2020 – Final reports and reimbursement invoices, if any, are due.

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Past Wildlife Foundation of Florida Tag Grants

Project Name: Lakeland Youth Hunter Education Challenge and Becoming An Outdoors Woman Shotgun Hunting Program
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Operation Outdoor Freedom Food Plots 2018-2019
Grant Amount: $4,000.00

Project Name: UW-F/FWC Waterfowl Summit
Grant Amount: $2,500.00

Project Name: Youth Small Game Hunt “Rumble In The Swamp” Small Game Hunt
Grant Amount: $1,500.00

Project Name: Shooting Range for Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center
Grant Amount: $50,000.00

Project Name: FWC R3 Hunting Stakeholder Summit
Grant Amount: $10,000.00

Project Name: Using Translocation to Evaluate Site Fidelity, Seasonal Movement, and Habitat Use of Northern Bobwhite in relation to Food Availability and Cover
Grant Amount: $18,500.00

Project Name: Enhanced surveillance for chronic wasting diseases in free-ranging deer in Florida
Grant Amount: $20,000.00

Project Name: 3rd Annual Dog Days Of Summer Youth Field Trial & Event
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: The Future of Hunting in Florida’s Youth Hunting Program
Grant Amount: $33,730.00

Project Name: The 4-H Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Day Camp
Grant Amount: $3,900.00

Project Name: Seasons Of Hope Outdoors National Affiliated Youth 3 Day Fox Hound Field Trial
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: SportsAbility
Grant Amount: $20,000.00

Project Name: Wheels in Nature
Grant Amount: $19,000.00

Project Name: Huntmaster Hunting Blinds
Grant Amount: $55,500.00

Project Name: Development of a Mobile Application for Hunting on Florida’s Wildlife Management Areas
Grant Amount: $75,000.00

Project Name: Comprehensive White-tailed Deer Study
Grant Amount: $82,092.00

Project Name: 2017 National Hunting & Fishing Day
Grant Amount: $14,000.00

Project Name: Game Cleaning Stations on Wildlife Management Areas
Grant Amount: $2,500.00

Project Name: Tate’s Hell Recreation Site Improvements
Grant Amount: $3,787.00

Project Name: Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area Parking Improvements
Grant Amount: $500.00

Project Name: Triple N Ranch WMA Food Plots
Grant Amount: $9,871.00

Project Name: Camp Blanding WMA Cooler Replacement
Grant Amount: $8,590.00

Project Name: Check Station Replacement on the Snipe Island Unit of Big Bend WMA
Grant Amount: $4,025.00

Project Name: The Future of Hunting in Florida Youth Hunt Camp
Grant Amount: $2,500.00

Project Name: Sauls Landing Fishing and Recreation Area on Four Creeks State Forest
Grant Amount: $2,500.00

Project Name: Master Outdoorsman
Grant Amount: $2,500.00

Project Name: T.M. Goodwin Youth Hunt Expansion (Equipment)
Grant Amount: $6,600.00

Project Name: FYCCN Archery Expansion – Explore Archery Curriculum
Grant Amount: $2,500.00

Project Name: FYCCN Archery Expansion – Beginner Archery Kits
Grant Amount: $10,000.00

Project Name: 7th Annual Florida Youth Outdoor Experience – May 28, 2016
Grant Amount: $2,500.00

Project Name: “Wild About Florida”
Grant Amount: $2,500.00

Project Name: Expansion and Safety Improvements to Small bore Range
Grant Amount: $2,500.00

Project Name: FYCCN Archery Expansion – Beginner Archery Kits
Grant Amount: $15,000.00

Project Name: Hunt Camp Scholarships
Grant Amount: $7,500.00

Project Name: NW Youth Hunting Program of Florida Trailer
Grant Amount: $8,000.00

Project Name: Youth Hunting Program of Florida Regional Trailer Restocking
Grant Amount: $10,000.00

Project Name: Future of Hunting in Florida Youth Hunts
Grant Amount: $7,725.00

Project Name: 4H Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Day Camp
Grant Amount: $2,900.00

Project Name: Youth Day
Grant Amount: $4,050.00

Project Name: Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Entrance Improvements
Grant Amount: $40,000.00

Project Name: Provide Mobility Impaired Access on Wildlife Management Areas
Grant Amount: $30,000.00

Project Name: Waterfowl Summit 2016 & 2017
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Florida Youth Conservation Centers Hunt Camp Expansion
Grant Amount: $16,320.00

Past Protect Florida Springs Tag Grants

Project Name: Do the sediments of St. Johns River springs contain higher organic content than springs on other river systems?
Grant Amount: $18,377.00

Project Name: Santa Fe River Springs Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Project
Grant Amount: $12,000.00

Project Name: Florida Springs Conservation Plan and Executive Summary
Grant Amount: $16,500.00

Project Name: Monitoring the Silver River and Characterizing Springs in the Upper Ocklawaha River for Manatee Utilization
Grant Amount: $15,015.00

Project Name: Hornsby Springs Dissolved Oxygen and Faunal Study
Grant Amount: $14,000.00

Project Name: Why is flow in Silver Springs declining?
Grant Amount: $49,369.00

Project Name: Lower Santa Fe River SPRINGSWATCH
Grant Amount: $10,000.00

Project Name: Weeki Wachee SPRINGSWATCH
Grant Amount: $10,000.00

Project Name: Wakulla Spring Dark Waters: Pinpointing Sources
Grant Amount: $33,912.00

Project Name: Protect Weeki Wachee Spring / Lyngbya Removal
Grant Amount: $40,000.00

Project Name: Inspiring Behavior Change through Experiencing the Santa Fe River and Springs
Grant Amount: $5,700.00

Project Name: Fish Identification Guide for Florida Springs
Grant Amount: $7,500.00

Project Name: Florida Springs Restoration Summit
Grant Amount: $12,000.00

Project Name: Santa Fe River and Springs Signage Project
Grant Amount: $11,230.00

Project Name: Out of sight but not out of mind: Developing a septic systems education toolbox for homeowners in Florida’s springsheds
Grant Amount: $28,509.00

Project Name: Blue Water Audit Interactive Website
Grant Amount: $15,000.00

Project Name: Rainbow Springs SPRINGSWATCH
Grant Amount: $10,215.00

Project Name: Volusia Blue Spring Restoration Action Plan and Executive Summary
Grant Amount: $16,500.00

Project Name: Wakulla Springs Water Quality Restoration
Grant Amount: $15,000.00
Notes: Committee recommended a higher award. Request was $10,000

Project Name: Hernando County Fertilizer Ordinance Survey and Results Outreach
Grant Amount: $14,511.00

Project Name: Springs Protection Outreach Campaign
Grant Amount: $9,000.00
Notes: $20,320

Project Name: Characterizing and Monitoring Environmental Parameters as Springs in the Lower Oklawaha River
Grant Amount: $20,000.00
Notes: Committee recommended a higher award. Request was $14,058

Project Name: The Water Festival: Celebrating Water Through Art
Grant Amount: $17,000.00
Notes: Funded on the condition the PFS tag is the headline sponsor

Project Name: Wakulla Spring Dark Waters: Causes and Sources Phase II
Grant Amount: $32,900.00

Project Name: Following the Water to Wakulla Spring Video
Grant Amount: $6,900.00

Project Name: Lake and Sinkhole Seepage Nitrogen Loading to Wakulla Springs
Grant Amount: $4,500.00

Project Name: Monitoring Environmental Parameters and Use by a Keystone Species in Central Florida’s Salt and Silver Glen Springs
Grant Amount: $12,924.00

Project Name: Ichetucknee Springs Baseline Assessment – A Citizen-Science Project
Grant Amount: $15,000.00

Project Name: Wakulla Spring Dark Water: Causes and Sources
Grant Amount: $6,200.00

Project Name: Agriculture and Springs Protection High School Curriculm, Field Trip, and Educator Short Course
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Wekiwa Springs and River Restoration Plan
Grant Amount: $16,000.00

Project Name: Rainbow Springs Baseline Assessment – A Citizen-Science Project
Grant Amount: $15,000.00

Project Name: Wakulla Spring Baseline Assessment – A Citizen-Science Project
Grant Amount: $15,000.00

Project Name: Trophic Dynamics in Blue Spring, Volusia County, Florida
Grant Amount: $4,290.00

Project Name: Blue Spring Adventurers Program
Grant Amount: $10,000.00

Project Name: Monitoring Recolonization at Ulele Spring Post-Restoration
Grant Amount: $13,528.00

Project Name: Septic to Sewer Conversion Study
Grant Amount: $45,000.00

Project Name: Springs Protection Landscaping Behavior Campaign
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Lower Santa Fe River Basin Springs and Groundwater Synoptic Nitrate Sampling and Outreach
Grant Amount: $4,000.00

Project Name: Springs Protection Education Model
Grant Amount: $6,000.00

Project Name: Monitoring Recolonization at Ulele Spring following Restoration
Grant Amount: $11,549.00

Project Name: The Enhancement of Water Chemistry Monitoring in an Existing Cave Fauna Survey of Wes Skiles Peacock Springs, Lafayette, and Ichetucknee Springs State Parks
Grant Amount: $8,538.00

Project Name: Homosassa Springs SPRINGSWATCH Project
Grant Amount: $7,750.00

Project Name: Kings Bay Springs Restoration Action Plan
Grant Amount: $16,000.00

Project Name: Poe Springs and Lower Santa Fe River Hydrologic Investigation and Outreach
Grant Amount: $7,000.00

Project Name: Promoting Springs Conservation in the Classroom and Beyond
Grant Amount: $10,000.00

Project Name: Monitoring Environmental Parameters and Use by a Keystone Species in Central Florida’s Salt and Silver River Springs
Grant Amount: $11,328.00

Project Name: Blue Spring Alliance Springshed Academy
Grant Amount: $8,440.00

Project Name: Wekiva Springs Fertilizer Education
Grant Amount: $9,088.00

Project Name: Poe & Hornby Nitrate Investigation
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Economic Impact of Springs in the Santa Fe Basin
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Wekiva ECO Program
Grant Amount: $10,000.00

Project Name: Recolonization at Ulele Spring
Grant Amount: $9,668.00

Project Name: Salt and Silver Glen Springs
Grant Amount: $12,134.00

Project Name: Restoration/Outreach at Santa Fe Springs
Grant Amount: $3,800.00

Project Name: Wakulla Springs Restoration Action Plan
Grant Amount: $6,500.00

Project Name: Silver Spring Restoration Action Plan and Executive Summary
Grant Amount: $15,000.00

Project Name: Encourage Springs Protection
Grant Amount: $7,200.00

Project Name: Rhodes Spring Environmental Assessment
Grant Amount: $3,525.00

Project Name: Alachua County Springs Stakeholder Research Phase II
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Ichetucknee SPRINGSWATCH
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Watermelon Spring Run / Spring-Friendly Landscaping Outreach
Grant Amount: $4,500.00

Project Name: Long-Term Turtle Study
Grant Amount: $4,965.00

Project Name: Water Quality Monitoring Springs Cave Fauna Research
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Ichetucknee (Santa Fe) Springs Restoration Action Plan
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Monitoring Environmental Changes in Springs in Central Florida
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Glen Spring Restoration Action Plan
Grant Amount: $2,500.00

Project Name: Impact of Pterygoplichthys Feces on Volusia Blue Springs
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Biodiversity Background Research for Springs Education
Grant Amount: $2,000.00

Project Name: Springs Protection Stakeholder Research
Grant Amount: $9,000.00

Project Name: Encouraging Conservation Easements on Farmland for Springs Protection
Grant Amount: $3,050.00

Project Name: Training Volunteers to Educate about Spring Protection
Grant Amount: $3,300.00

Project Name: Ichetucknee Partnership Mascot
Grant Amount: $4,000.00

Project Name: Fort White Stormwater Filtering with Ecological Engineered Native Plantings
Grant Amount: $4,000.00

Project Name: Tarpon Springs Manatee Conservation Day
Grant Amount: $3,177.00

Project Name: Florida SPRINGSWATCH: A prototype project at Silver Springs
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Santa Fe River Interpretive Signs
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Ichetucknee Springshed Interpretive Kiosk at Alligator Lake
Grant Amount: $2,250.00

Project Name: Silver Glen Springs Fish Cam
Grant Amount: $5,000.00

Project Name: Basin Posters for Rainbow/Silver Springs
Grant Amount: $2,184.00

Project Name: Best Management Practices Posters for Horse Farms
Grant Amount: $1,633.00

Project Name: Best Management Practices Educational Tour for Horse Farm Owners
Grant Amount: $400.00

Project Name: Video Monitors for Vegetation Protection Video
Grant Amount: $1,500.00

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