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Virginia BearWise Community Cost-Share Program Application

General Information for Applicants

  • Prior to applying, applicants are required to contact local DWR staff to discuss their proposed project and human-bear interactions in their area.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss proposed projects with garbage haulers, whether in-house or commercial, prior to submitting an application, if applicable. All equipment must be compatible with agreements/contracts and garbage service vehicles.
  • Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that have a community-wide benefit.
  • HOA’s may apply through their local government. Private individuals, businesses, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are not eligible to act as recipients for this program but can collaborate with a local government.
  • Successful applicants are required to submit a 1–2 page project summary report to DWR and complete the project end questionnaire by June 1. More details will be provided to applicants awarded funds.
  • Successful applicants are required to maintain, repair, and/or replace all products or equipment under their control and ownership (dumpsters, retrofitted lids, electric fencing, residential rollout cans, etc.). DWR staff will conduct periodic inspections of project sites and notify fund recipients of concerns.
  • First time applicants will be given priority for funding.
  • Applicants previously awarded funding from DWR must demonstrate proper use, care, and maintenance of all equipment purchased with DWR cost-share funds for eligibility to reapply.
  • Awarded funding can only be used for the purchase of bear-resistant equipment, labor for modifying existing equipment or fabricating new equipment. Funds may not be used to maintain, repair, or replace equipment or products previously purchased with DWR cost share funds.
  • DWR has full discretion to award or deny funds.
  • Awarded funds are typically transferred electronically.
  • The application deadline is January 8, 2021.


The application period has ended.