In 2017, the Virginia Wildlife Grant Program awarded 27 projects totaling just over $55,000 with an estimated impact of almost 10,000 youth. Out of those, 11 projects connect with at-risk youth. Projects integrated activities among fishing, archery, wildlife viewing, boating, shooting sports, hunting, trapping and spanned the entire Commonwealth from the mountains to the sea. Over the last 4 years, the Grant Program has funded 128 projects.
Richmond Ford’s Ron Kody generously donated $7,000 to the program; $2,000 more than 2016. The Agency is ever appreciative for this contribution and hopes it will entice others to support getting even more youth outdoors. The focus of this contribution is supporting wildlife viewing and boating programs in the Richmond area at Maymont Foundation, Gap4Lyfe Mentorship Program, James River Park, and Virginia Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments in the Richmond area.
“We’ve enjoyed our partnership with the Foundation and believe in the importance of getting our youth outdoors and enabling them to experience the incredible wildlife we have here in Virginia. It’s so exciting and rewarding to make an impact in these young people’s lives.” Said Ron Kody, owner of Richmond Ford.
Also, The Wildlife Foundation of Virginia contributed $5,000 to the grant program, in an effort to broaden the scope of impact throughout the state. WFV Executive Director Jenny West noted that “WFV runs many important initiatives, from land acquisition for public access, to Wounded Warrior and youth hunts. Connecting kids to Virginia’s rich natural resources and remarkable outdoor sporting opportunities is one of the most impactful ways we can make a difference, and we are proud to help this program continue to grow”.
Thank you to all the grantees and donors for making 2017 memorable and for the future kid connections to the outdoors.
The following organizations received 2017 awards and program activity dollar amounts included:
- Archery – $7,507 (4)
- Boating – $8,397 (4)
- Fishing – $10,520 (4)
- Hunting – $3,300 (2)
- Shooting Sports – $3,325 (2)
- Trapping – $2,500 (1)
- Wildlife Viewing – $19,466 (10)
- Amherst County Department of Planning and Zoning
- Mecklenburg County 4-H
- Orange County Parks and Recreation
- The Greenbow Foundation
- BSA Sea Scout Ship 1935
- James River Park
- Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation
- The Friends of Hungry Mother State Park
- Friends of Reston for Community Projects
- Lloyd C. Bird High School
- Blue Ridge Discovery Center
- Patrick Henry High School
- King George Outdoor Club
- Virginia Hunter Education Association
- Scott County Outdoor Team
- Goochland 4H Shooting Education
- Virginia Trappers Association
- Apple Ridge Farm, Inc.
- Virginia Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
- Blue Ridge Discovery Center
- Halifax County FFA
- Laurel Lane Elementary School
- Loudoun County Public Library
- Maymont Foundation
- New River Land Trust
- Pinchbeck Elementary School
- Gap4Lyfe Mentorship Program, Inc.