Wildlife Foundation of Florida

The plate benefits game species like white-tailed deer and Osceola turkeys. Funds are used to acquire and manage habitat for the benefit of these and other species. We also use funds to ensure and improve public access to hunting lands and to teach hunting safety.

Process & Pricing

The cost of your new license plates is a new plate fee of $72.40, which includes your annual registration fee ($25.00 of this fee will go directly to the Foundation). You do not need to be a resident of Indian River County to submit your order.

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BENEFITS

Funded

$2,136,000 in promoting outdoor efforts.

Improved

habitat for five species

Contributed

to habitat restoration and promoting outdoor recreation

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Remember when you wore your heart not only on your sleeve, but on your rear bumper? And trunk? And rear window? Those days may be over, but...

Your car can still help save the planet.

Just purchase one of the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida’s conservation license plates or at your local tax collector’s office. For every plate sold, $25 is donated for conservation.

Each of our plates has a slightly different focus. Choose the one that best meets your passions. It’s not a small thing – we receive more than $1 million each year from these donations, funds that we and our partners use to conserve Florida black bears, wading birds, and many other species. We also use these monies to protect and manage new wildlife lands and waters and provide kids with formative outdoor experiences.

So, the next time you renew or order a plate at your local tax collector’s office, make it one of ours — even if you no longer drive a Beetle.

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 $66 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.
    Note: A limited number of mini-grants (up to $1k) are available to organizations hosting a public hunting land or area clean-up event.
  3. Conservation management of game species (deer, turkey, etc.).
  4. Research and control and removal of non-native or otherwise invasive plants and animals that degrade native Florida ecosystems.
  5. Increasing public access to hunting lands.
  6. Programs to attract women and minorities to hunting and shooting sports.
  7. Archery programs for youth and adults.
  8. 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 the 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 below 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 awarded for 12-month intervals.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • June 26 – July 21, 2023: Proposals accepted

  • August – September 2023: Review process

  • October 2023: Applicants notified

  • January 1, 2024: Project start date

  • July 31, 2024: Progress reporting due

  • December 31, 2024: Project end date

  • March 31, 2025: Final reporting due

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Contact Ms. Anita Forester via email.

PAST GRANTS

Project Name Grant Amount
Special Wounded Warrior and Youth Waterfowl Hunts $3,000
The Introduction to Archery Experience $8,800
Blackwater Operation Outdoor Freedom Food Plots 2023 $6,000
Tracks Over Wheels $14,000
Second Expansion of Pasco County Archery Program $3,079
Proverbs 31 Outdoorsman Continuation $13,750
Mobile Summer Archery Camp(s) $7,000
ALLOUT EcoRover Adventures 2023 $25,000
New Hunters Program for 2023-24 Hunting Season $14,817
Tracks Over Wheels - North Florida $10,450
Enhance Sonfishers Archery Program and Continue Wildlife Education - Phase III $6,000
4-H W.O.L.F. Camp (Wildlife Leadership Outdoor Focus) $3,000
Gator Gobbler Youth, Women & Collegiate Outreach Hunts $7,500
FWC/NWTF/FFS Wild Turkey Cost-share Program $25,000
Project ARROW (Archery Recreation & Restoration of West Melbourne) $12,500
Youth Archery Range Loaner Out Kit $4,761
Gobbling and Nesting Chronology of Wild Turkeys in South Florida $24,000
Gators, Gals, and Guns $2,500
Lakeland YHEC Youth Primitive Hunting, Shooting, and Marksmanship $4,000
Access North Florida $11,350
59th Annual 2023 Blackwater Fox Hunters Association Field Trial & Bench Show $5,500
7th Annual Rumble in the Swamp Youth Rabbit Hunt with Hounds and Outdoor Day $4,000
Apalachicola National Forest Clean Up Day $1,000
Youth Buck In Rut Hunt 2023 $3,000
9th Annual Dog Days Of Summer Youth One Day Field Trial $3,000
Increasing Hunter Participation in Monitoring for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in High Introduction-Risk Counties $26,000
Drawn by Grace Youth Outreach $5,300
Hunt 4 Halee Youth Deer Hunt 2023 $4,500
Title Sponsorship of the Florida NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) State Tournament $30,000
Determining the Publics Attitudes and Opinions of Ebike Use on Wildlife Management Areas $10,000
Expanding/Continuing Archery $4,517
Blackwater Operation Outdoor Freedom Kitchen $20,000
Restock of Youth Hunting Program of Florida Equipment $30,300
Introduction to Girls' Outdoor Archery $1,245
Belmont Academy Archery Programs: Equipment Upgrades $1,224
Outdoor Archery and Hunting Education $3,405
Operation Outdoor Freedom(OOF) - Blackwater Food Plots 2022 $5,500
Youth Dove, Quail, Squirrel, Turkey and Wild Hog Hunting $4,000
The Coldwater Nationals 3 Day Field Trial $8,500
Expansion of Youth Shooting Sports Safety Education $7,030
OOF: Continuation of Blackwater Female Dorm Construction $25,000
Special Youth and Wounded Warrior Duck Hunts $2,400
6th Annual Rumble In The Swamp Youth Small Game Hunt With Hounds & Clay Shooting Outdoors Weekend $4,500
Hunt 4 Halee Youth Deer Hunt $4,500
Bow Fishing Expansion Program $10,676
Florida Frontiersmen Big Game 2 $4,219
Nature Center Archery Programs $6,000
FWC/NWTF/FFS Wild Turkey Cost Share Program $25,000
ALLOUT Adventure Outreach and Mobility Program 22 $25,000
Bringing It All Together $14,900
On Target Adaptive Archery $4,101
Camp La-No-Che Shooting Sports Programs $12,304
58th Annual 2022 Blackwater Fox Hunters Association Field Trial & Bench Show $6,000
Increasing Targeted Hunter Participation in Monitoring CWD $22,620
Phase II:Archery Program and Correlating Wildlife Conservation Education - Northeast Region $4,000
R3 Summit - International Hunter Education Association / FWC $14,000
Advertising and Marketing for Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program $10,000
Florida Hunters For The Hungry Inc $10,000
Advancing R3 for LGBTQ+ Hunters $15,000
Ducks Unlimited Florida FFA Wood Duck Box Seminar $5,000
From Classroom to Dinner on the Table $3,050
Proverb 31 Outdoorsman $25,000
Suwannee River Area Council Wallwood Scout Reservation Archery Program $7,155
Florida BHA Archery Intro & 3D Challenge $11,837
FHF's New Hunters Program for 2022-23 Hunting Season $15,000
Rolling Meadows Impoundment Vegetation Management $50,000
Ducks Unlimited Orlando Wood Duck Project $2,500
Debris Removal from Wildlife Management Areas $1,000
Youth Buck N Rut Hunt 2022 $2,500
Title Sponsorship of the Florida NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program) State Tournament. $30,000
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Awareness Campaign $20,000
Operation Outdoor Freedom Blackwater Food Plots $5,000
Expanding Belmont Academy's Archery Program $1,250
Florida Frontiersmen Archery Big Game $2,695
Ft. DeFuniak Archery and Conservation Center $14,070
Bowhunters Jamboree Range supplies $3,113
IACP -- Inclusive Archery and Conservation Program $9,312
Lakeland Youth Hunter Education Challenge Muzzle Loading Matches and Hunts $2,900
FHF's 2021-22 New Hunters Program $12,830
Expand Archery (w/ Social Distancing) $2,300
Youth Dove, Quail, Squirrel,Turkey and Wild Hog Hunting $1,485
Introduction to youth archery competitive shooting $4,538
Archery Equipment Upgrades $13,220
7th Annual SEDHA Dog Days of Summer Field Trial & banquet $6,000
ALLOUT Adventure Program $20,000
2021 Rumble In The Swamp Youth Small Game Rabbit Hunt With Hounds and Skeet Shooting Outdoor Day $4,000
Cloud Nine Outdoors 3R's Urban Hunting program $4,920
2021 Blackwater Fox Hunters Association Field Trial & Bench Show $5,000
3rd Annual Buck In Rut Youth Deer Hunt $2,000
Pasco County Expanded Archery Supplies $4,578
Hunt 4 Halee $3,000
Operation Outdoor Freedom - Blackwater female dorm construction $26,700
Apalachicola National Forest Clean Up Day $1,000
4-H Shotgun Shooting Sports $2,000
Quarterly Lake Clean Ups $1,000
Creating a Conservation Education Center Portal $33,000
Increasing Fire Management on Public Lands for Improved Hunting $40,000
FWC/NWTF/FFS Wild Turkey Cost-Share Program $25,000
Little Orange Creek Women/Youth Hunts and Habitat Restoration Project $13,000
Enhanced surveillance for chronic wasting disease in free-ranging deer in Florida $40,000
19-20 Food plots $5,000
FWC 2020 R3 Hunting stakeholder summit $12,000
UW-F/FWC Waterfowl Summit $3,500
YHPF Regional Restocking $8,465
Youth Dove, Quail, Squirrel and Deer Hunting $1,485
National Hunting and Fishing Day Promotion $15,000
Ducks Unlimited Suwannee River Wood Duck Project $4,500
Florida Frontiersmen Archery Program $3,427
FHF's New Hunters Program for 2020-22 $28,965
Proverb 31 Outdoorsman $20,000
SportsAbility $20,000
Portable archery range $11,866
2020 Rumble In The Swamp Youth Small Game Hunt $4,000
Upgrade and Enhance School Archery Equipment $1,110
The Hope 4 Halee Disabled and Buddy Youth Deer and Hog Hunt $3,500
2nd Annual Buck In Rut Youth Deer Hunt $1,000
The Coldwater National Youth 3-Day Fox Field Trial $8,000
Wheels In Nature (WIN) Happy Smiles $7,000
Florida NASP State Tournament $10,000
2020 Blackwater Fox Hunters Association Field Trial & Bench Show $2,500
Comprehensive White-tailed Deer Study on Deseret Ranches $63,000
Enhanced surveillance for chronic wasting disease in free-ranging deer in Florida $40,000
Manatee County Archery, Hunting, and Turkey Habitat Management $28,450
Womens Outreach Hunts $2,000
FHF New Hunters Program $21,335
Operation Outdoor Freedom Food Plots FY18-19 $4,000
Proverbs 31:15 $10,000
Alachua 4-H Archery $1,989
Gators, Gals and Guns $2,005
Introduction to Archery basics range equipment $3,900
ALLOUT Florida Adventure Program (ALLOUT) $20,000
Field-to-Fork Program $8,500
FWC 2019 R3 Summit $12,000
UW-F/FWC Waterfowl Summit $2,500
Youth Hunt Stands $1,800
Hunter Ed Promotion $21,200
Qualitative research with Florida college students on hunting $20,000
Outdoor Youth Day $3,500
Lakeland Youth Hunter Education Challenge and Becoming An Outdoors Woman Shotgun Hunting Program $5,000
Operation Outdoor Freedom Food Plots 2018-2019 $4,000
UW-F/FWC Waterfowl Summit $2,500
Youth Small Game Hunt $1,500
Shooting Range for Joe Budd Youth Conservation Center $50,000
FWC R3 Hunting Stakeholder Summit $10,000
Using Translocation to Evaluate Site Fidelity, Seasonal Movement, and Habitat Use of Northern Bobwhite in relation to Food Availability and Cover $18,500
Enhanced surveillance for chronic wasting diseases in free-ranging deer in Florida $20,000
3rd Annual Dog Days Of Summer Youth Field Trial & Event $5,000
The Future of Hunting in Florida's Youth Hunting Program $33,730
The 4-H Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Day Camp $3,900
Seasons Of Hope Outdoors National Affiliated Youth 3 Day Fox Hound Field Trial $5,000
SportsAbility $20,000
Wheels in Nature $19,000
Huntmaster Hunting Blinds $55,500
Development of a Mobile Application for Hunting on Florida’s Wildlife Management Areas $75,000
Comprehensive White-tailed Deer Study on Deseret Cattle & Citrus $82,092
Hunt Camp Scholarships $7,500
NW YHPF Trailer $8,000
YHPF Regional Trailer Restocking $10,000
FHF Youth Hunts $7,725
4-H Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation Day Camp $2,900
Florida Sportsmens Conservation Association Youth Day $4,050
FYCCN Hunt Camp Expansion $16,320
Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Entrance Improvements (Check Station) $40,000
Provide Mobility Impaired Access on Wildlife Management Areas $30,000
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 $9,871
T.M. Goodwin Youth Hunt Expansion (Equipment) $6,600
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
Expansion and Safety Improvements to Smallbore Range $2,500
FYCCN Archery Expansion - Beginner Archery Kits $15,000
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