The Grant Application Process

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

Through this grant, DGIF and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia (WFV) are connecting youth to the outdoors through the recruitment and retention into outdoor activities. “Recruitment” is creating awareness and interest in an outdoor activity and most importantly, providing a first-time or trial experience of that activity. “Retention” is defined as efforts or programs that will support and encourage youth to continue participating in an outdoor activity in which they are currently engaged. Learn more about recruitment and retention.

Recruitment/Retention Program Eligibility

  • Your program engages youth in one or more of the following eligible activities:
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Boating
    • Shooting Sports (rifle, shotgun, and archery)
    • Trapping
    • Wildlife Viewing (to build a lifelong interest and skill set; e.g., bird watching, pollinator gardening/identifying pollinators, building a frog pond/identifying frog calls/observing frog life cycles, nature journaling, snorkeling, etc. Priority will be placed on those programs/activities with an emphasis on observing wildlife or signs of wildlife in their natural habitats.)
  • Preference will be given to programs that provide youth with the opportunity to continue the activity at a higher level or beyond the current program. For example, programs that provide continuing support and engagement like a hunting skills workshop that leads to an actual hunting experience.
  • Your program engages youth (ages 5–21).
  • Your program period is from November 1, 2018 – October 1, 2019.
  • All grantees will be required to sign a grant agreement.
  • Partial awards will not be provided.

Priority Demographics

  • Females
  • Hispanic
  • Urban
  • Special needs kids (physical, cognitive, and financial)

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, raffles, or other items not directly related to the activity.
  • One-day events such as kid fishing days, etc.

2018 Total Funding Available

  • $65,000 — we are anticipating the funding of 20–30 projects.
    • Minimum – $1,000
    • Maximum – $3,000

Project Period

  • November 1, 2018 – October 1, 2019

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, 2018 will result in revocation of the grant.

Grant Timeline

  • Application Submission Deadline: August 31, 2018
  • Award Announcement: by mid-October 2018
  • Grant Agreement Signed: November 1, 2018
  • Check Deposit: November 15, 2018
  • Project Completion: October 1, 2019
  • Final Report: November 1, 2019

Grant Content Requirements (online submission is required)

  • Number of Participants
  • Age Range
  • Program description and goals, including how program will address the focus areas.
  • Objectives: What do you want youth to do, learn or change as a result of participating in your program? How will you measure those outcomes?
  • List of Community Partners
  • Program Location
  • Budget
  • All applicants will be required to evaluate the effectiveness of recruitment and retention through their programming.The DGIF and WFV will assist with a survey template.


Application Information

Grant proposals must be submitted online and received by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) no later than 5 PM (EDT) on August 31, 2018. Submit Your Proposal Now »