The Grant Application Process

If you’re planning to connect kids to the outdoors through hunting, fishing, boating, shooting sports, archery, trapping, and wildlife viewing – thank you and welcome to the Virginia Wildlife Grant Program!

Through this grant, DGIF and WFV are addressing opportunities to connect youth to the outdoors by providing a positive experience and through recruitment and retention efforts. “Recruitment” is raising awareness and interest through education and providing a trial or trials. “Retention” is encouraging youth to continue enjoying the outdoors with support through ongoing engagement.

Recruitment/Retention Program Eligibility

  • Your program engages youth in one or more of the following eligible activities:
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boating
    • Shooting Sports
    • Archery
    • Trapping
    • Wildlife Viewing
  • Your program engages youth (ages 5-21) over the project period rather than a one-time event.
  • Your program period is from November 01, 2017 – October 01, 2018.
  • All grantees will be required to sign a grant agreement.
  • No partial awards.

Funding Priorities

  • Inclusion of underserved audiences such as at-risk youth, females, Hispanic populations, and urban centers.

Allowable Expenses

  • All grant purchases will include outdoor gear and equipment related to the eligible tasks (rods and reels, firearms, ammunition, binoculars, field guides, etc.).
  • Instructor support to provide expertise related to the outdoor activity.

Non-Allowable Expenses

  • Trout for stocking, t-shirts, refreshments, prizes, or other items not directly related to the activity

2017 Total Funding Available

  • In excess of $50,000 – we are anticipating the funding of 20-25 projects.
    • Minimum – $1,000
    • Maximum – $3,000

Project Period

  • November 1, 2017 – October 01, 2018

Eligible Applicants

  • 501(c) (3) Non-Profits, Government Organizations, and Schools

Disbursement of Funds

  • The WFV shall disburse 100 % of the funds to Grantee when the award is accepted.
  • Checks not deposited by November 15, 2017 will result in revocation of the grant.

Grant Timeline

  • Application Submission Deadline – September 1, 2017
  • Award Announcement – by October 18, 2017
  • Grant Agreement Signed – November 1, 2017
  • Check Deposit – November 15, 2017
  • Project Completion – October 1, 2018
  • Final Report – November 1, 2018