DGIF Updates Related to COVID-19

2019 Virginia Wildlife Grant Program

In 2019, the Virginia Wildlife Grant Program continued to support the national initiative, called “R3” to recruit and retain youth into the outdoors through recreational opportunities like archery, fishing, wildlife viewing, etc.  Together, we work better and do better!

This year, we awarded almost $62,000 to support 25 projects and impacting 5,800 youth.  Almost 20% of our projects focus upon at-risk youth through supporting intellectual and physical, and financial needs.  We are also engaging more female, Hispanic, and urban populations.

Our project diversity also extends to our giving diversity which provides our future sustainability as we look toward 2020 and beyond. Thank you to the following supporters and to the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia for managing our contributions, reviewing grants, and giving!

Virginia Lifetime Hunting & Fishing License Buyers

Donations from
Steve and Heidi Crandall

The following organizations received 2019 awards and program activity dollar amounts included:

  • Archery – $9,400
  • Boating -$9,000
  • Fishing – $12,600
  • Hunting – $10,200
  • Recreational Shooting – $6,300
  • Wildlife Viewing – $14,100

Archery

  • Appomattox 4-H
  • Bearcreek Eagles Archery Team
  • Occoneechee State Park
  • Staunton River Battlefield State Park

Boating

  • J Frank Hillyard Middle School – Rockingham County
  • Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center
  • Portsmouth 4-H Program

Fishing

  • Friends of Widewater State Park
  • Jacob’s Chance
  • Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River
  • Southeast 4-H Educational Center
  • Westover Hills PTA

Hunting

  • Goochland High School
  • King George Outdoor Club
  • Virginia Hunter Education Association
  • Young Life

Recreational Shooting

  • Blue Ridge Mountains Council
  • Triangle Gun Club, Inc.
  • Virginia 4-H Shooting Council

Wildlife Viewing

  • Friends of Huntley Meadows Park
  • Albright Scout Reservation (BSA)
  • Blue Ridge Discovery Center
  • Roanoke Parks and Recreation
  • Skyline High School
  • Gate City High School