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Grants available to Arizona hunting-focused nonprofits

From the Arizona Game and Fish Department

-- A total of  $30,000 is available in grant funding to assist Arizona nonprofit hunting organizations implement hands-on events for first-time hunters.

The grant program is a pass-through program funded by the National Shooting Sports Foundation's (NSSF) Hunting Heritage Partnership which supports state agencies' efforts to expand hunter recruitment and retention.  
   
Applications are now being accepted, and funding will be awarded through a competitive application process. Applications and supporting materials may be submitted by U.S. mail, fax or e-mail, and must be received by Aug. 9.
   
"This grant program gets funding to the core engine of continuing Arizona's hunting heritage,  the state's sportsmen's organizations," said Denise Raum, Game and Fish hunter recruitment coordinator. "As volunteer based, nonprofit organizations, funding a weekend event can be a barrier. This grant, and others like it, bridges that gap allowing them to do great work."
   
Applicants must be a nonprofit organization based in Arizona, have a mission related to hunter recruitment, and have a certificate of general liability insurance. To be eligible the proposal must include, but is not limited to promote e or facilitate hunter recruitment and retention (examples include hunting camps for rabbit, dove, quail, squirrel, and predator/furbearing); hunt using a firearm; available to the public; provide family activities at camp;
complete best practices training; complete project by Jan. 31, 2011, and submit a survey/evaluation of the event.

Grant funds cannot be used to purchase hunting or fishing licenses/tags/stamps, group banquets, raffle prizes, for-profit projects, or hunting competitions.

Application packets can be obtained from the Game and Fish website at www.azgfd.gov/getoutside under "Hunting Heritage Partnership: Hunter Recruitment Camp Project" or by contacting Hunter Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Denise Raum at draum@azgfd.gov or (623) 236-7567.

Submit completed applications and supporting materials to Arizona Game and Fish Department, IEWR, Attn: HRR Coordinator, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086, by e-mail to draum@azgfd.gov or by fax to (623) 236-7903, Attn. HRR Coordinator.

"Studies show that a mentored-experience is the best way to recruit new hunters. This partnership with local organizations is a great way to reach families that have an interest in hunting, but they don't know where or how to get started," Raum said.

Grant awards will be announced on or about Aug. 16.

More than $400,000 was awarded to seven states by NSSF through the Hunting Heritage Partnership this year. Arizona received $40,000. The balance, not being passed through, is to be used to promote, advertise, and administer the best practices training of the grant program.  More about the department's efforts to preserve the hunting heritage is available at www.azgfd.gov/hhwg.

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