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The Grant Application Process

Important Notices

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In October 2010, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) and the Wildlife Foundation of Virginia (WFV) created a mutually-beneficial relationship for the purpose of developing new or enhanced fundraising projects and managing funds to implement projects which aligned with the missions of the DGIF and the WFV. Funds to support the Virginia Wildlife Grant program include:

  • The sale of merchandise at ShopDGIF.com and pop-up stores
  • Fundraising events such as the Old Dominion One Shot Turkey Hunt and other partnering efforts
  • Direct contributions from corporations and individuals

We are keeping with the promise to support conservation through the development and implementation of the Virginia Wildlife Grant Program to connect youth to the outdoors.

Grant Focus Areas

Through this grant, DGIF and 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.

Eligible Applicants

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

Recruitment/Retention Program Eligibility

  • Your program recruits or retains youth in one or more of the following eligible activities:
    • Archery
    • Boating
    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Recreational Shooting
    • Trapping
    • Wildlife Viewing – includes observing animals or signs of animals in their natural habitats. This category can also include observing and better understanding the natural habitat itself and how it supports the animals that live there. Priority will be placed on programs/activities with the potential to build a lifelong interest and skill set in wildlife viewing (e.g. bird watching, creating pollinator gardens with native plants and identifying pollinators, identifying frog calls or building a frog pond and observing frog life cycles, fresh water snorkeling and learning to identify fish and other aquatic species, identifying animal tracks and other signs of wildlife, going on nature walks to observe and learn the habitat values of natural areas, nature journaling, etc.)
  • 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.
  • Youth ages (5–21)
  • The program period is from November 1, 2019 – October 1, 2020.
  • All grantees will be required to sign a grant agreement.
  • Partial awards will not be provided.

Grant Content Requirements

Online submission is required.

  • Select your primary activity which is related to your budget and gear purchases. You may be buying a kayak (boating) but most of your $$ are spent on fishing gear – fishing is your primary activity.
  • Number of Participants
  • Age Range
  • Program description and activities including how program will address the focus areas and include program goals which are broad statements about the long-term expectation of what should happen as a result of your program
  • Objectives – specify the intended effect of the program in the target population or end result of a program. The outcome objective focuses on what your target population(s) will know or will be able to do as a result of your program/activity.
  • List of Community Partners and their contributions
  • Program Location
  • Budget
  • All applicants will be required to evaluate the effectiveness of recruitment and retention through their programming. Please review the Survey Questions for your planning purposes and these questions will be part of the Final Report.

Priority Demographics

  • Females
  • Hispanic
  • Urban
  • Special need – 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.).
  • Transportation needs
  • 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.

Estimated 2019 Total Funding Available

  • $60,000 – we are anticipating the funding of 20–30 projects.
    • Minimum – $1,000
    • Maximum – $3,000

Disbursement of Funds

  • The WFV shall disburse 100% of the funds to Grantee when the award is accepted.
  • Checks not deposited by November 15, 2019 will result in revocation of the grant.

Grant Timeline

  • Application Submission Deadline: August 31, 2019
  • Award Announcement: by mid-October 2019
  • Grant Agreement Signed: November 1, 2019
  • Check Deposit: November 15, 2019
  • Project Completion: October 1, 2020
  • Final Report: November 1, 2020


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, 2019. Submit Your Proposal Now »